The YWCA honored courageous leaders at a luncheon held at the Grand America Hotel today. Former Utah Governor Olene Walker was given a Lifetime Achievement Award for her dedication to public service.
The keynote address was given by Emmy Award winning journalist, Laura Ling. Ling commended the organizations efforts to shine the spotlight on women who serve their community.
“The YWCA is such an amazing organization. It’s about strong women leaders servicing other women and children,” said Ling.
As a journalist who has covered stories all around the globe, there’s one story that changed her life forever. Ling and another journalist were filming a documentary in March 2009 when they crossed over the China-North Korea border. They were sentenced to 12 years of hard labor in a North Korean prison. Five months later, President Bill Clinton traveled to the Communist country and helped secure their release.
She hosts a web series called Rituals.