The 47th Annual Event Shines a Light on the Outstanding Leadership of Area Women and Businesses |YWCA Cass Clay held its 47th Annual Women of the Year event on Thursday, September 10, 2020. A first in YWCA and Women of the Year history, the event was held virtually to best accommodate the increased concerns about the COVID-19 crisis in our community.

With an online crowd tuning in, the evening began with recognition of event emcees Dana Mogck and Kerstin Kealy of WDAY for their 20 years of dedication to emceeing the event, helping to bring to life the stories of the incredible nominees and entertain the audience. This year’s event honored 32 women and businesses from Cass and Clay counties whose lives, talents, and passions shape our community.

The evening culminated in the announcement of the 2020 YWCA Cass Clay Women of the Year recipients in 13 different categories including the honoring of Oak Grove faculty member, Katie Oster, in the Science & Technology category.

About YWCA Cass Clay: YWCA Cass Clay is where victims of domestic violence come day and night, 365 days a year, to escape crisis and mend emotionally, physically and spiritually. In addition to shelter and housing, women receive crucial basics like food and clothing, and resources for education and employment as they navigate toward independence. A caring YWCA team connects women and children to community resources that further empower them. Besides operating the largest emergency shelter for women and children in North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota, YWCA Cass Clay operates safe and affordable, short- and long-term supportive housing for low-income women. YWCA also offers a food pantry and racial justice advocacy. For more information, visit