Vince Williams is the Vice President of Economic Empowerment at the YWCA Metropolitan Chicago & The Director of the Illinois Small Business Development Center at the YWCA Metropolitan Chicago. At 140 years old, it is one of the oldest women-focused social service organizations in Chicago. His position involves economic development and strategic partnerships within the communities around Chicagoland. As the Director of the Illinois Small Business Development Center, he provides resources, programs and advising to small businesses and entrepreneurs seeking to start or grow their business. He was recently named to Diversity MBA magazine’s 2018 Elite List of Top 100 Emerging and Executive Leaders under the age of 50.
A Chicago native, Vince is also an entrepreneur and serves on several boards around the City. He has participated with the Illinois Diversity Council for the past three years and serves as co-chair on their membership committee and advisory council. He serves as an advisory council member here in Chicago for 2020 Women on Boards for the past two years with a goal to have more women and persons of color on corporate boards by the year 2020. He is also currently the Co-Chair for The Leadership Council with Year Up Chicago – a program that addresses the opportunity divide among young adults in Chicago and speaks regularly with organizations around Chicago in addition to facilitating strategic connections, mentoring and paying it forward.