WCCA TV recorded The International Women’s Day Celebration on March 6, 2018 at the YWCA of Central Massachusetts, and Cynthia LaPan interviewed the CEO of YWCA USA, Alejandra Y. Castillo, for ourviewers. It was an inspiring evening honoring women’s experiences, addressing challenging issues, and celebrating women. This year’s theme was Press for Progress.
The keynote address was by YWCA USA’s new CEO, Alejandra Y. Castillo. The YWCA USA and its network of 213 associations serves 2.2. million women and girls around the country in 46 states and the District of Columbia. With over two decades of professional experience in Washington, D.C., she has served in senior leadership in two presidential administrations. Given her policy, legal and business expertise, Alejandra has worked in various public, private, and non-profit settings. In 2014, Alejandra was appointed by the Obama Administration to serve as the national director of the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA), becoming the first Hispanic-American woman to lead the agency, helping to secure financing and capital in excess of $19 billion, and creating or retaining over 33,000 jobs.
Also, the event included traditional Indian Dance, refreshments, and international artists and makers.