/ 08.25.21 /

Cherita Ellens

Our #WCW this week is Cherita Ellens, MBA, President and CEO of Women Employed, our newest partner to be added to our nonprofit portfolio. As the CEO of Women Employed, she leads the organization in working to ensure a future of economic equity & inclusion and expanded opportunities for all women. 

As if that is not enough, Cherita currently serves on Mayor Lightfoot’s Women’s Advisory Council, the Illinois Board of Higher Education Strategic Planning Advisory Council, and the Community Advisory Review Council (The University of Chicago Institute for Translational Medicine), and as co-chair for the paid-leave federal working group of Family Values at Work, and with Chicago’s Girls Summit. Did we mention she’s also a working mother!

As a longtime advocate for Chicago women, youth, and families, Cherita believes that her purpose is to use her time, talent, and treasure helping the most marginalized gain self-sufficiency and full agency over their lives. We are honored to feature Cherita as this week’s #WCW!