YWCA Central Alabama launches inaugural event, «YW Allies»

BIRMINGHAM, Ala., March 8, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — YWCA Central Alabama launches a new inaugural event called YW Allies, which will take…

BIRMINGHAM, Ala., March 8, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — YWCA Central Alabama launches a new inaugural event called YW Allies, which will take place on Wednesday, May 12 at Avondale Brewing Company. 

YW Allies will honor 10 men throughout Central Alabama who have advocated on behalf of gender and racial equity in their companies, the community or with the YWCA. The honorees will be announced on Monday, March 8, in honor of International Women’s Day, to highlight the importance of men being engaged in the conversation around women’s issues. 

The inaugural 10 YW Allies are: 

  • Mayor Randall Woodfin, City of Birmingham
  • Deon Gordon; CEO & President, TechBirmingham
  • Joe Hampton; President, AL, Gulf Coast and MS, Spire
  • Anthony C. Hood; EVP, Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer, First Horizon Bank
  • Robert Kelly; Founder of Kelly Road Builders, Kelly Natural Gas Pipeline and Kelly Underground
  • Philippe Lathrop; VP, Wealth Management Advisor, Merrill Lynch
  • Marcus Maples; Business Litigation Attorney, Baker Donelson
  • Jeh Jeh Pruitt; Reporter, Fox 6 WBRC
  • Paul Shunnarah; Founder, Gauntlet Fitness, Elite Nutrition and Fit Five Meals
  • Jamie Waters; Project Engineer, Alabama Power Company

«We have long known that in order for real change to happen, everyone must be at the table,» said YWCA Central Alabama CEO Dr. LaRhonda Magras. «We are excited to be able to honor these 10 incredible men who have stepped up to use their influence in order to ensure that we are moving towards a more equitable world. We hope you’ll join us in recognizing their work.» 

To learn more about the Allies and to attend the event, please visit allies.swell.gives. Follow along on social media with the hashtag #YWAllies as we highlight each honoree leading up to the event. We can be found on the following channels: Facebook @YWCACentralAlabama, Instagram @ywcentralal, and Twitter @YWCentralAL.

About the YWCA

The YWCA Central Alabama is a United Way organization dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all. To learn more, visit www.ywcabham.org.


Maria Underwood, VP,

Development and Strategic Partnerships

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