We are excited to announce that we are in the process of revitalizing the Chicago YWTF chapter and recruiting even more members to serve on the board of directors!
Current open Board Positions:
Director of Finance, Director of Operations
If you are experienced in Non-Profit Operations, Coalition Building, Advocacy, Policy, Program Management, Communications, Membership Development, Event Planning or Fundraising…or are interested in gaining experience to leverage your career and personal goals, this is the opportunity for you! Your leadership is needed – please email us for more information!
Chapter President: Sequoya D. Hayes
Sequoya D. Hayes is the Chapter Director for YWTF Chicago. During her graduate studies at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor she had the opportunity to volunteer abroad with Cross Cultural Solutions in Capetown, South Africa. She volunteered for four weeks at a domestic violence shelter for women and children preparing meals throughout the day, providing basic child care in the creche and also facilitated self care workshops for the residents. This experience shaped her understanding of international women’s issues, policy and services surrounding violence against women, and it sparked her dedication to women’s rights and girls empowerment. She joined YWTF in order to promote awareness, supply resources and provide support for younger women in the Chicagoland area about issues that affect us locally, nationally and internationally.
Her favorite thing about living in Chicago is there is always something to do. Regardless of your interests, you can always find a group, organization, event, etc. that will cater to your interests!
Ryland has a passion for knowledge and communication. (Her kindergarten teacher wrote that she “talks excessively” on her report card, and almost every teacher after that wrote the same). She studied magazine journalism at the University of Missouri with an emphasis on writing and editing, and has since parlayed that education into a digital marketing strategy and communications career. Originally from Texas, Ryland is a pretty big fan of the Midwest and Chicago, particularly. She went to an all-girls high school, was very active in her sorority, and truly believes in the power of women from all walks of life. Her favorite things about Chicago are: cooler-than-Texas summers, patio weather, living near the lake, and fall foliage (in that order).
Director of Programs and Events: Molly Legut
Molly is originally from Jefferson City, Missouri, but has called Chicago home for the last 8 years. She holds a magazine journalism degree that led her to work in public relations for a while after college, where she developed broad experience in event planning and programming. In her current position at a women’s homeless shelter, she assists in the planning of events for women to take part in. She has a passion for non-profit organizations and believes volunteer work is crucial to society. She joined YWTF-Chicago because she felt it was a perfect way for her to get involved in women’s issues and to work with like minded women. The women’s issue that she is most passionate about is dissolving rape culture. This is an issue that effects everyone and is so strongly influenced by the media. Her favorite things about Chicago are how the city continues to become more dog friendly, the ever growing craft beer scene, the lake front and beaches (because you can practically pretend it’s the ocean) and the abundance of summer street festivals.
Director of Membership and Outreach: Briana Brown
Briana is a feminist and social justice advocate at heart. She has a degree in Anthropology and Women’s studies from Ball State University where she was the president of a feminist campus organization. Since graduating she has worked for several women’s organizations including the American Association of University Women and the National Family Planning & Reproductive Health Association. She has also spent several years in social service working at a domestic violence shelter and community mental health center.
Director of Policy: Esly Sarmiento
Esly Sarmiento is a Public Administration and Mom. She has a Master in Public Administration from University of Illinois in Chicago , and a Bachelor in Arts in International Studies from DePaul University. Esly is passionate about public policy most specifically as how it relates to women, minorities, and education. She currently serves as a parent representative in her Local School Council. She also is a member of various organizations such as AAUW, ILCMA, AOII Alumnae Chapter, and ASPA.
In her free time Esly enjoys spending time with her daughters, running and volunteering. She hopes to continue to grow in her career and support efforts for better women, minority, and education rights.
Director of Fundraising and Development: Megan Wilson
Megan Wilson is from Moberly, Missouri and has lived in Chicago off and on for the last 3 years. She truly enjoys fundraising and has done so for other organizations, most recently St. Jude Hospital. She is passionated about women’s rights and empowerment and joined YWTF for two reasons. Her mother was a victim of domestic abuse and hospitalized when she was young. She was brave and capable enough to leave, but many women cannot, for various reasons. Megan seeks to support and empower those women while also fights for harsher criminal punishment for those that abuse their partner. Women need advocates to help achieve greater equality, especially in the workplace and Megan aims to be one of those advocates.