Held in June, the second annual Bertha Pitts Campbell Equity Awards is open for nominees in four categories: Community Champion, Rising Champion, Small Business Champion, and Large Business Champion.


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For the second year, YWCA is celebrating individuals and companies that are working every day to help make equity and justice a reality through our Bertha Pitts Campbell Equity Awards. Named after a YWCA trailblazer, you can read more about Bertha Pitts Campbell's incredible contributions in our blog post from last year.

These awards honor people taking action to eliminate racism and empower women; who are breaking down systemic barriers and promoting opportunities for women and girls to thrive and lead, particularly in Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) communities.


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Right now, we're seeking nominations for individuals and businesses located in King County or Snohomish County that are actively working to advance equity in four categories: Community Champion (individual with over 10 years of experience), Rising Champion (individual age 18 – 30 years old), Small Business Champion (for-profit company with 50 or fewer employees), and Large Business Champion (for-profit company with more than 50 employees).

Nominees for the Bertha Pitts Campbell Equity Awards must meet two or more of the following criteria:

  • Advocates and promotes the values of racial and gender equity in their community and/or workplace;
  • Leads and supports programs that advance racial and gender equity in their community and/or workplace;
  • Creates opportunities for BIPOC women to fully participate and lead in their community and/or workplace.
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Our inaugural Bertha Pitts Campbell Equity Awards celebrated the work of the Seattle Storm (Four-Time WNBA Champions), Debbie Bird (Board Chair of the Northwest African American Museum), and Kavya Varkey (Co-Founder of the International Peer Education on Climate Change).


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You can nominate an individual or business in King or Snohomish Counties by filling out this form. The deadline for nominations is April 4, 2022. If you have any questions, reach out to us at communications@ywcaworks.org.

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Annalee Schafranek is the Marketing & Editorial Director at YWCA. She contributes agency news, press releases, and media coverage to the website. Annalee’s educational and professional experience has always focused on the place where gender equity and media meet.


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