In May 2018, YWCA Greater Charleston put on its first annual What Women Bring event celebrating women in business, community, and culture across South Carolina. The inaugural event, an awards lunch and talk show-style panel of top women leaders rolled into one, quickly sold out. The May 2019 edition sold out even more quickly, despite the addition of overflow space.
This year, the event was postponed to October due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It will now be held virtually from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 1, 2020, allowing people of all genders to attend without travel time or cost from across South Carolina and beyond.
Though this year’s event will be held using a virtual format, nearly all of its signature aspects will be present, from its empowering music playlist and photo booth selfies to the candor from the stage.
The popular event will again be hosted by YWCA Greater Charleston and emceed by WCBD News 2 TV Anchor Octavia Mitchell, who anchors the local NBC programs News 2 Today and News 2 Midday. Her Cool School segments highlight positive programs at schools each week. An Emmy award-winning journalist, she has been a member of the Count on 2 team since 2002, and was recently inducted into The Citadel’s Zucker Family School of Education’s Wall of Fame as well as receiving the Community Tribute honor from the MOJA Arts Festival and receiving the title of “Most Cheerful News Anchor” from the Charleston City Paper, among other accolades.
Women honorees from across eleven different industries will again take the virtual stage to receive their awards and field questions from the audience in a candid and conversational setting. Topics are expected to include gender bias, the glass ceiling, equal pay, succeeding as a woman of color, and more.
The event will also again be sponsored by organizations supporting gender equality, and both individuals and organizational teams are expected to attend.
This year’s event will feature one key difference: there will be no charge for individual tickets.
ABOUT YWCA GREATER CHARLESTON
For 113 years, YWCA Greater Charleston has worked to eliminate racism and empower women in Charleston, Berkeley, and Dorchester Counties. Among its initiatives to eliminate racism are its 10-day MLK Celebration, one of the city’s longest running events; its annual Stand Against Racism; and its Racial Equity Institute trainings equipping local leaders to address racism. It empowers women with its annual What Women Bring event, attended by hundreds to empower South Carolina’s women in business, community, and culture; WE 360, helping women of color overcome barriers in entrepreneurship; Own the Room public speaking workshops empowering women’s success; and Choose Well, reducing unintended pregnancies. It brought the first Girls Who Code club for middle school girls to Charleston, and its Y Girls Code program includes female students of all ages. It also hosts SheStrong, empowering high school girls to develop as leaders and changemakers. For more information, visit ywcagc.org.