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And the Young Women in Public Affairs Award Goes To….

The Zonta Club of Oak Brook is proud to announce the 2018 Young Women in Public Affairs (YWPA) Award recipient, Cambria Khayat, a senior at York High School in Elmhurst.

The Young Women in Public Affairs (YWPA) Award recognizes young women for demonstrating leadership skills and commitment to public service and civic causes, and encourages them to continue their participation in public and political life. Applicants are asked to reflect on their voluntary commitment to their school and community as well as reflect upon the challenges limiting the advancement of women locally and globally.

From leading the Young Politicians Club and the Model UN at her high school to her admirable work in orphanages at the Mexico-Guatemala border, Ms. Khayat exemplifies what it means to be a female leader.

“We selected Cambria’s application because she was very enthusiastic and sincere regarding her future endeavors. She is passionate about her goals, which includes one day working for the United Nations,” said Donna Joss, Award Chairperson for the Zonta Club of Oak Brook.

Ms. Khayat will receive her $1000 award in a special ceremony at the May 15 meeting of the Zonta Club of Oak Brook. More information about the Zonta International’s Young Women in Public Affairs Award Program can be found at:

Welcome to the Zonta Club of Oak Brook

The Zonta Club of Oak Brook has been dedicated to improving the lives of women locally and globally through service, advocacy, and fundraising.

The Zonta Club of Oak Brook is part of Zonta International –whose international headquarters is also located in Oak Brook, Illinois. Founded in 1919 in New York, Zonta is an international service organization focused on advancing the political, economic, social and educational status of women worldwide. Zontians work throughout the world to address the needs of women at all socio-economic levels. These needs include basic health, education, welfare, and human rights. There are over 30,000 members in over 67 countries and we are proud to be a part of it!

At another level, involvement in Zonta enhances each woman’s leadership and organizational skills, as well as enriches their personal lives. There are many opportunities to socialize and network nationally and internationally with business and professional women working in many different fields.

The Zonta Club of Oak Brook is proud of its efforts in making a difference in the lives of women and our community. If you are interested in joining our club and supporting our activities, please email Kay Van Vreede, Membership Chair at

We look forward to hearing from you!