Leader Lunch

YWCA’s Leader Lunch is St. Louis’ longest running annual event that celebrates professional women for their achievements at work and their contributions in the community.

Honorees are nominated by community members and selected by a volunteer panel of members of the Academy. Each year, a new class is inducted into the Academy of Leaders at the luncheon, where they are honored by an audience of 700+ area professionals.

Leader Lunch 44 will be on December 13, 2024.


Nominate a Leader of Distinction

Every year at Leader Lunch, YWCA Metro St. Louis presents awards to local women who exemplify excellence in their chosen professions and show significant dedication as a volunteer and/or commitment to the success of other women.

Candidates for the award are chosen among women who are actively employed in the workplace; the exception is the “Philanthropy/Volunteerism” category which requires women who are actively engaged in volunteer activities. Nine Leaders of Distinction are chosen each year by the YWCA Honoree Selection Committee, a group comprised of previous honorees, the Academy of Leaders.


  • Must be currently employed, or an active volunteer in the community
  • Must be a resident of the St. Louis Metropolitan area
  • Must be able to attend the Leader Lunch ceremony in December
  • Should not have previously received the award; however, nominations may be resubmitted from prior years
Sponsorship Opportunities

YWCA offers many opportunities for sponsorship support of this annual event, from Presenting and other top-tier categories, to partners, industry, and in-kind sponsorships that help our non-profit agency defray the cost of event production.

Leader Lunch celebrates professional women, educates the community, and raises funds to support the crucial services YWCA Metro St. Louis provides for women and families in our region.

2023 Leader Lunch Sponsorship Brochure

To discuss a level of sponsorship that best suits your business, contact:

Aimee Frey, Chief Development Officer
314.531.1115, ext. 5230

Leaders in the Workplace program

The Leaders in the Workplace program gives employers the opportunity to honor select employees for their contributions in the workplace. These women receive acknowledgement at the event and in the program.

To find out more about Leaders in the Workplace, contact:

Aimee Frey, Chief Development Officer
314.531.1115, ext. 5230


We can’t throw an event this big without volunteers! We have dozens of positions available, including selection committee, event setup, registration, and more.

Interested in volunteering?

Contact Maribeth Kalfoglou
314.531.1115, ext. 5235

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