Racial Justice Breakfast

YWCA Annual Racial Justice Breakfast 

The Annual Racial Justice Breakfast was established in 2001 to promote the YWCA’s mission to eliminate racism and create a safe space where participants can confront racism. Attendees experience a meaningful dialogue about racism’s personal and community-wide effects and hear from keynote speakers who have had a national impact on landmark civil rights cases.
The 17th Annual YWCA Racial Justice Breakfast
7:30-9:30 a.m., March 21, 2017
National Underground Railroad Freedom Center 


 Keynote Speaker: Adam Foss

Adam Foss is Co-Founder of Prosecutor Integrity and a fierce advocate for criminal justice reform and the importance of the role of the prosecutor in ending mass incarceration. As former Assistant District Attorney in the Juvenile Division of Suffolk County, Adam became one of Boston's leading voices for compassion in criminal justice. As a speaker on criminal justice reform he promotes better training for prosecutors that would allow them to view each case through a lens of cultural competency, integrity, compassion and concern for the safety of the public, well-being of the victim and the betterment of the person charged with the crime.

Following graduation from Suffolk University Law School (Cum Laude) and initially considering a career as a public defender, Adam quickly realized becoming a prosecutor would allow him to make a positive difference in his community. He co-founded the Roxbury CHOICE program to turn probation from a punitive sentence into a beneficial relationship with the court, the probation department, and the District Attorney's Office. He is also the founder of the SCDAO Reading Program which bridges the achievement gap of area elementary school students. Currently, Adam is developing a new diversion program for first-time juvenile offenders in the Suffolk County Juvenile Court., and he is designing training and curriculum for prosecutors to reframe their role in the criminal justice system. He is also developing plans for new software and data analysis to better inform prosecution offices of the individual and the best pathways toward justice and long-term safety.

We are proud to honor Donna Jones Baker and Robert Brand Newman with the 2017 Racial Justice Award 



Prime ($7,500) Sponsor:



Select ($5,000) Sponsors:


Christ Church Cathedral

Natasha Cavanaugh 


  $2,500 Sponsor:

Union Institute & University 

Xavier University 


$1,500 Sponsors:

PNC Bank 

University of Cincinnati 


$1,000 Sponsors:


John & Francie Pepper 

Frost Brown Todd, LLC

Gerhardstein & Branch 

Kohnen & Patton

Legal Aid Society

Noel Julnes-Dehner

Northern Kentucky University

Thompson Hine, LLP

Western & Southern Financial Group 


 Design Sponsor:


 Contact yjohnson-hegge@ywcacin.org for seating information or call 513-361-2119.


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