Walla Walla YWCA to host leadership luncheon

The keynote speaker of the annual event is a photojournalist who documents women's lives around the world.

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WALLA WALLA -- The Walla Walla YWCA will host its 11th annual leadership luncheon on Wednesday at noon at the Marcus Whitman Hotel & Conference Center.

This year's theme is "Women Who Light the Dark," and features Paola Gianturco as keynote speaker.

For the past 13 years Gianturco has worked as a photojournalist, documenting women's lives in 40 countries. She has published four photo books, all of which are philanthropic projects, for which the author donates royalties to nonprofit organizations that relate to each book's content.

Gianturco's most recent book tells the story of women around the world who are helping one another tackle the problems that darken their lives -- including violence, poverty, illiteracy and disease.

Her photographs have appeared in Marie Claire, Essence Magazine, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Business Week, San Francisco Chronicle, Chicago Tribune, Christian Science Monitor and the Washington Post.

Tickets are $50. Call 525-2570 for more information.

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