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Annual Meeting and Trailblazer Award Luncheon


YWCA celebrated our last year’s achievements and honored Former First Lady of Delaware Carla Markell and emerging leader Laura Adarve at our Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon on June 6th at the Delaware Center for Horticulture. The women were inducted into YWCA’s Academy of Women Leaders, receiving the Trailblazer Award and Genevieve Gore Young Woman’s Leadership Award, respectively. 

Carla Markell was honored for spearheading expanded volunteerism in Delaware, championing issues for at-risk children and extolling the importance of mentoring. Carla spoke about the state of women’s rights and encouraged women to run for office and support organizations like YWCA, who address women in poverty, women’s needs for education and skill-building, and need for safety from violence. 

Laura Adarve was honored for her work in fighting for immigrants’ rights, HIV prevention and helping to provide Spanish-speaking domestic violence counseling. In her remarks, Laura emphasized how privileged she is to have secured an education, to be a white Latina without a discernible accent or last name that immediately indicates her heritage, and that she channels that privilege into her work to do better for this world.

“YWCA will continue to enable recovery from trauma, to help others find hope, purpose, acquire new skills and perhaps most importantly, to help them find their voice,” said YWCA Chief Executive Officer Stephanie Staats at the event. “…YWCA knows the power in that voice. We know it intuitively and from experience.”

More information about YWCA Delaware’s work and achievements in the last year is highlighted in our recently released 2016 Annual Report. You can also find more details about the Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon event in our press release.