BMW & MADE Celebrate Chicago Women in Philanthropy

BMW & MADE Celebrate Chicago Women in Philanthropy

This past Sunday, BMW of North America and MADE Magazine honored four outstanding women at STK Chicago for the 10th installment of the “Women Who Pay it 4ward” Honors Brunch. The series started in the Windy City in 2015 and has traveled to New York, Los Angles, Washington DC, Miami, Charlotte and Atlanta over the past 2 years.

On Sunday,  Farissa Knox and Yolandra Johnson of the 2015 Inaugural Class and the 40th honoree in the empowerment brunch series were recognized. These women of service shared their stories of how they use their passions to fuel underserved communities and families. Congratulations to Alia Dalal, Pamela Montgomery, Priya Shah and Ingrid Sanders for lifting others as they rise.


Hosted by WGN TV’s Cortney Hall, the “Women Who Pay It 4ward” Honors Brunch was a filled with fun, fellowship and philanthropy. BMW also presented two-time Breast Cancer Survivor and honoree, Ingrid Sanders with a floral gift in recognition of October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month.


In a heartfelt dedication to his mother Dollie M. Williams, Kevin Williams, Head of Multicultural Marketing, Diversity & Inclusion for BMW of North America shared the program’s mission to celebrate unsung heroines around the nation who pay it forward everyday through kind acts of service. He also shared the empowerment series was inspired by BMW’s 4 series, a BMW favorite among professional women.


Check out a snippet of yesterday’s event!

BMW X MADE Magazine Chicago

During the “Women Who Pay It 4Ward” event, honorees and guests are also invited to participate in BMW’s “Drive for a Cause” initiative. For every test drive, a donation will be made to Girl Forward, a Chicago-based mentoring program that pairs girls with mentors to engage in “4W” activities (Wellness, Wisdom, Wallet and World) in order to explore their passions and graduate from high school. Visit to support.



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