May 24, 2012

The YWCA Greater Los Angeles (YWCA GLA) held its 2012 Phenomenal Woman Awards luncheon this week to salute LA’s top women executives. The event, held on Weds., May 16, at the Omni Los Angeles Hotel was hosted by Clear Channel’s radio personality Josefa Salinas and the event theme was “Saluting Women Who Inspire Change.” 


The YWCA GLA named Laphonza Butler as 2012 Phenomenal Woman of the Year. Butler is the president of SEIU United Long Term Care Workers (ULTCW), which represents 180,000 in-home caregivers and nursing home workers throughout California and is the largest local in the state.


She also serves as one of 25 international vice presidents of SEIU. As such, she’s responsible for providing SEIU leadership with strategic vision and counsel. She is a nationally recognized power broker on the issues of working families and the labor movement and exemplifies the YWCA’s core mission to “eliminate racism and empower women.”


The Phenomenal Woman Awards fundraiser draws Southern Cali­fornia’s top women executives and leaders to salute their accomplishments before an audience of the Los Angeles business community. The presenting sponsors for the event were Union Bank, Edison Inter­national and Toyota.  Media sponsors were Clear Channel Radio and Los Angeles Confidential Magazine. 


Other top sponsors included Wells Fargo, SEIU, The Gas Company, JPMorgan Chase, AEG, PCL, Jenkins Gales & Martinez.  Supporters include Vivian D. Howell, DLA Piper, ISComp, Los Angeles Urban League, Unisource, UPS and Polenzani Benefits.


Proceeds raised from the event benefit YWCA GLA programs and services.  


To learn more about the YWCA Greater Los Angeles (YWCA GLA), visit To join the YWCA GLA mailing list, text “22888.” To make a donation to the YWCA GLA programs or ­services, contact Tracy Solomon Clark at 213-251-1328 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


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