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Urban League Announces Salute to Women Honorees


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Angelia D. Bills

Vice-President of Communications

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In June, the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis is poised to honor distinguished women in leadership on the local and national levels. The 11th Annual Salute to Women in Leadership Gala will take place at the Renaissance Grand Hotel on June 20, 2014 with a black-tie reception beginning at 5:30 p.m.

The Salute to Women in Leadership Gala was created nearly 11 years ago by Michael P. McMillan, president and CEO of the Urban League, when he served as Chairman of Board of the St. Louis Community Empowerment Foundation. To date, nearly 100 women across various professions have received this honor.

“We are proud to recognize women who have gone above and beyond the call of duty to serve their communities. The Urban League is proud to give recognition to outstanding women who embody the mission of our organization to help create opportunities for disadvantaged and overlooked individuals and communities,” McMillan said.

Women to be honored at this year’s festivities include: Anna Maria Horsford, actress; Judge Glenda A. Hatchett, from the 2-time Emmy nominated syndicated show, Judge Hatchett which ran for 9 seasons and author of the national best-seller, “Say What You Mean, Mean What You Say”; Kathleen Mazzarella, chairman, president and CEO of Graybar; Shannon Bagley, president and CEO of Home State Health Plan; Esther Haywood, president of the St. Louis County NAACP; Tishaura Jones, St. Louis City Treasurer; Nicole Colbert-Botchway, president of the Mound City Bar Association and assistant attorney general and unit leader for the State of Missouri; Darlene Davis, principal, Davis and Associates; Barbara Washington, vice president of public relations and special events for Mathews-Dickey Boys and Girls Club; Ozella Foster-Robinson, founder and CEO of Ozella J. Foster Funeral Services; Rev. Dr. Doris Graham, Vice-Chair of St. Louis Community College Board of Trustees; Trish Muyco-Tobin, editor-in-chief at Ladue News; Melanie Chambers, Sr. Human Resources Director for Urban League of Metro St. Louis; Donna Knight, Executive VP North County Surgical Services and Heat-Up St. Louis Auxiliary Chair; Dr. Christi M. Griffin, founder of The Ethics Project and Brittany N. Packnett, executive director of Teach for America-St. Louis.


The Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis is a social service and advocacy organization that works to fulfill its mission of Empowering Communities and Changing Lives. Programs are offered in the areas of Economic Empowerment, Meeting Families Basic Needs, Educational Quality and Equality and Civic Engagement and Social Justice. Proceeds from the Salute to Women will benefit Urban League programs and services. To purchase tickets or ads, please call (314) 615-3668.


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