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.

March 21, 2017 - 7:30-9:30 a.m.
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.


  2017 Racial Justice Awards

We are proud to honor Donna Jones Baker and Robert Brand Newman



Prime Sponsor


Select Sponsors


Christ Church Cathedral 

Natasha M. Cavanaugh 


  Supporter Sponsors

UC Health

Union Institute & University 

Xavier University 


Contributor Sponsors

PNC Bank 

University of Cincinnati 

Ann W. & Peter Williams Family Foundation

XLC Services 


Table Sponsors


Beckman, Weil, Shepardson, LLC

Cincinnati Human Relations Commission

Debra Rothstein Clark


Dinsmore & Shohl

Frost Brown Todd, LLC

Gerhardstein & Branch

Noel Julnes-Dehner 

Keating, Muething & Klekamp PLL 

Kohnen & Patton

Legal Aid Society of Greater Cincinnati


Northern Kentucky University

John & Francie Pepper 

The E.W. Scripps Company

Taft, Stettinius & Hollister, LLP 

Thompson Hine, LLP

Ulmer & Berne 

Urban League of Greater Cincinnati 

U.S. Bank

Western & Southern Financial Group

Wood, Herron & Evans, LLP 


Special Thanks

 Photonics Graphics Inc  



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


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