TWIN 2012 Honoree Spotlight

16 Aug

The YWCA’s Tribute to Women of Influence (TWIN) event honors women who have made significant contributions to their fields, and recognizes those organizations that support such achievements. 2012 marks the 21th anniversary of TWIN. Leading up to this year’s September 20th event at Pack Place & Diana Wortham Theatre, we will highlight each of our 20 incredible TWIN Honorees. If you would like more information about the TWIN event, or to reserve a ticket, please visit www.ywcaofasheville.org.

Willie Vincent

Willie has been an educator for over 30 years and a community volunteer for more than half a century. She taught in an all-black school in Alabama, at the newly integrated Asheville High School in the turbulent 1960’s, and then as the only African American teacher at Enka High School for 17 years. In her years as a Business Education and Accounting teacher, Willie empowered thousands of young people to achieve their greatest potential. She taught by example with her fairness, openness, and inclusion, and she also actively coached her students about human relations and racial understanding. Over time she helped students and fellow staff to ease their fears and anxieties toward people of another race, building friendships where none could have been possible before.

Willis is also a very active community leader. She served as Secretary of the YWCA of Asheville Board of Directors during the merger of the black and white YWCAs, working to build the relationships needed for the newly integrated organization to succeed. Willie also chaired the Board of Mounting Housing Opportunities for four years, advocating for safe, attractive, affordable homes throughout the community. For the past five years, Willie has been a mentor for young women in the G.I.R.L.S. club at Asheville Middle School, where she helps build their character, confidence, and knowledge to help them make wise choices in their education and careers.

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