Dorri McWhorter

Dorri McWhorter smiles during a staff meeting below the YWCA motto, "eliminating racism empowering women."
(Nancy Stone / Chicago Tribune / June 9, 2014)

When Dorri McWhorter took over as YWCA Metropolitan Chicago CEO, the 139-year-old organization was working out of a budget deficit and needed to evolve for the digital age.

A certified public accountant, McWhorter set a plan to expand services and hire a chief innovation and collaboration officer. They decided they couldn’t afford the innovation officer but kept their focus on digital developments, including an app and tech education for girls.

“People often associate innovation with technology, or that it has to be huge leaps,” she told Blue Sky. “It isn’t necessarily an all-or-nothing proposition. You have to take it from where you are, even if it’s just a little bit.”

McWhorter previously served as a partner at public accounting firm Crowe Horwarth LLP. She was also the director of internal audit, controls and compliance at Snap-on.

McWhorter is the Women’s Leadership Council Co-Chair at United Way of Metropolitan Chicago. She is a board member of the Chicago Architecture Foundation and was named to Diversity MBA Magazine’s Top 100 Under 50 Diverse Executives.

McWhorter received her bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She holds an MBA from Northwestern University and lives with her husband and dog.

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