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 "Exemplary" Women Headline Young Women's Leadership School Event
 Laura Washington, Deb DeHaas Join Celebration of Chicago’s Only All-Girls’ Public School

WHAT: Annual “Girl Power” Benefit Luncheon and Student Showcase for the Young Women’s Leadership Charter School of Chicago (YWLCS)

WHO: Laura S. Washington, ABC 7 Chicago Political Analyst and Chicago Sun-Times correspondent, keynote speaker
Deborah L. DeHaas, Vice Chairman and Central Region Managing Partner, Deloitte LLP, Corporate Leadership Award honoree 800 YWLCS supporters, students and staff

WHEN: Tuesday, April 24 • 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Student Showcase/Reception • 12:00 - 1:30 p.m. Luncheon/Program

WHERE: Fairmont Chicago • Imperial Ballroom • 200 N. Columbus Dr. • Chicago, IL 60601

CHICAGO (April 17, 2012) – Chicago has long inspired and transformed girls into strong women leaders, a tradition that lives today at the city’s only all-girls public school, the Young Women’s Leadership Charter School (YWLCS) in the Bronzeville neighborhood. On April 24, the school will celebrate twelve years of success as it honors the members of its 2012 graduating class, nearly 80 percent of whom to date have already been accepted at colleges throughout the country.

YWLCS was inspired by a group of Chicago women who wanted to provide the city’s urban girls with the skills, tools and opportunities to develop as ethical leaders.  Within this single-sex, college-prep, small-school environment, YWLCS encourages its students to become leaders in science, technology, and math—careers where women, particularly minority women, have been historically underrepresented.

Deborah DeHaas, who this year is the recipient of the Girl Power Corporate Leadership Award, has been involved in Deloitte’s mentoring activities at YWLCS, and is a passionate supporter of education and increasing diversity in business. Laura Washington has long been one of the city’s strongest voices for the advancement of women and minorities.

Tickets to the event can be purchased at www.ywlcs.org.