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YWCA Southeast Wisconsin announced today it has opened the search for its next President and CEO. A member of a national network of 200+ affiliates, YWCA Southeast Wisconsin’s mission is to eliminate racism and empower women, promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. The search will be conducted by YWCA SEW’s special Board Task Force and managed by the organization’s Chief Human Resource Officer, Sheila Mayhorn.
Current President and CEO, Ginny Finn, stepped into the role of Interim President and CEO following the December 2019 retirement of long-time President and CEO, Paula Penebaker. Finn’s intended three month interim role focused on stewarding the organization’s transition to an expanded program model, but with the arrival of COVID-19 in March 2020 the Board of Directors and Finn agreed that the work ahead required more than an interim approach.
With the organization’s program model transition well-underway and YWCA SEW’s services and reach significantly expanded since that time, YWCA SEW returns to its plan to tap its next generation of leadership. Following transition with the new executive, Finn will return to her role of Chief Development Officer, leading the organization’s strategic communications and revenue development work.
YWCA SEW Board Chair Lindsey Davis noted, “As an organization we are a vital part of a network of
essential service providers. Since January of 2020, a truly extraordinary partnership of Board, executive
leadership and committed staff has been our recipe for meeting the needs of our community and we now
are well-poised to move our bold mission forward even more significantly.”
The Opportunity Guide and Position Description, which specifies steps for any interested candidates, can be found on YWCA SEW’s web site at www.ywcasew.org/ceo
About YWCA Southeast Wisconsin
As part of a national network of 200+ affiliates with a bold mission to eliminate racism and empower women, YWCA SEW’s work serves 10,000+ individuals annually, equipping and challenging our community to commit itself to peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. Through its distinctive lens focused on economic social determinants of health, YWCA SEW offers an array of interconnected empowerment and racial justice/gender equity programming and services for women and their families. This is YWCA SEW’s vision for the region: a thriving, inclusive, and just Southeast Wisconsin defined by racial
and gender equity as the foundation for healthy communities. Visit www.ywcasew.org
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