• Chamber staff honored at YWCA Women of the Year awards

  • Moorhead, Minnesota (May 8, 2019) – The Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber of Commerce is proud to share that two of its staff were nominated and recognized at the YWCA 46th Annual Women of the Year Awards this week.

    Casey Sanders, manager of membership, was nominated in the Advocating for Equality category for her work with the YMCA of Cass and Clay Counties and volunteerism supporting women with family members facing addiction. At the YMCA, Sanders pushed her team to remove barriers for individuals who are low income, of differing abilities and unsure of their identity. She implemented a new process to assure that the Y would be a place where all are welcome. She is also an advocate of and speaker for First Step Recovery, and founder of The Resolute Project, a community group for women to find connections and gain confidence.  

    Katie Mastel, public policy coordinator, was nominated in the category of Young Woman of Today & Tomorrow, and was named the 2019 recipient of the award. Outside of her role at The Chamber, Mastel serves as Executive of External Affairs for NDSU Student Government, interning with Senator John Hoeven, and working for the ND Republican Party as the Legislative Director for Western ND. She was appointed by Governor Burgum as the only student member to his taskforce on higher education governance, engaging in a year-long study of governance structures and ultimately recommending a change that she testified in support for in front of the House education committee. Mastel also volunteers with the Big Brother Big Sister program.

    “Katie is strongly dedicated to defying any stereotypes of age or gender in the political process by bringing her young female perspective to the table,” said Tracy Powell, Director of Events & Programs at The Chamber, in Mastel’s nomination. “She has earned the respect of many due to her hard work in truly making a name for herself in the political arena based on her dedication and knowledge. In following her passion of politics, she continually works to inspire and empower other young women to get involved in the political process.”

    “We are so proud of both Casey and Katie,” said Craig Whitney, President and CEO of The Chamber. “We’re lucky to work with such strong, talented women, and congratulate them on their accomplishments and dedication to helping others. It was inspiring to be among the crowd at the event in which hundreds gathered together to celebrate so many incredible achievements of area women. What an amazing community we live in!”

    About The Chamber
    The Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber of Commerce is a bi-state, regional federation of more than 2,100 private, public and non-profit member firms representing more than 109,000 people. As the largest local chamber in North Dakota and Minnesota, The Chamber advocates for a strong metropolitan community and supports the interests of its members, which are located in Cass and Clay Counties and beyond.  

    About the YWCA Cass Clay
    YWCA emergency shelter is where victims of domestic violence come day and night, 365 days a year, to escape crisis lives and mend emotionally, physically and spiritually. They 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 them to community resources that will 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 offers a food pantry, racial justice advocacy, and a nationally accredited public childcare center, A Child’s World. For more information, visit www.ywcacassclay.org.

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