YWCA of Rockford CEO Kris Kieper has been chosen to participate in the University of Illinois’ inaugural class of Edgar Fellows.
Of 200 individuals nominated, Kieper is among 40 selected for an intense four-day executive leadership training program, led by former Gov. Jim Edgar, public leaders, researchers and scholars.
Of his nomination of Kieper, State Rep. Dave Winters, R-Rockford, said: “Kris is very involved. She will gain, and this is a great opportunity for Rockford to gain from her networking and involvement in the statewide program.”
The Edgar Fellows program is built from Jim Edgar’s successes as Illinois’ 38th governor. It is limited to 40 emerging leaders throughout the state, annually. Edgar’s program “… is designed to influence attitudes and foster mutual understanding,” and, “holds the promise of facilitating bipartisan and cross-regional cooperation as participants — diverse in race, gender, political persuasion and geography — assume more influential roles.”
Since 1891, the YWCA of Rockford has remained dedicated to its mission, “eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.” YWCA of Rockford provides programming and advocacies for more than 6,500 women, children and families each month, seeking economic self-sufficiency through child care subsidy, job skills, and computer training. Programming also includes community racial justice work that promotes a clear commitment to equality.
From the May 30-June 5, 2012, issue