Internal communications for the modern workplace: How to run your department like a startup

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When Dorri McWhorter took over as CEO of YWCA Chicago, she quickly disrupted the way the 140-year-old organization did business. By adopting the mentality and strategies of today’s biggest tech startups, she created a culture of fearless innovation at the nonprofit. During this session, you’ll discover how you can copy her success within your own team and organization.

Key Highlights:

  • Rethink the structure of your team to meet the demands of today’s volatile business world
  • Work as partners with senior leaders to align your communications objectives to business goals
  • Create a culture of disruption by encouraging employees to think creatively and bravely
March 2019

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Dorri McWhorter became the CEO of YWCA Metropolitan Chicago in March 2013 and embarked upon a journey to transform the 140-year-old social service agency into a 21st century social enterprise. McWhorter is moving the agency into the digital age by relaunching the TechGYRLS program, which focuses on developing STEM awareness for girls ages 9–14, and introducing 3D: Developing Digital Diversity, which provides web and mobile application development training to adult women. McWhorter was included in the inaugural list of “The Blue Network,” composed of the top 100 innovators in Chicago as named by Chicago Tribune’s Blue Sky Innovation, and has received Good City Chicago’s Innovative Leader Award. McWhorter received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Master of Business Administration degree from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.