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Barb Dorn 

MANKATO — The search for YWCA Mankato’s next executive director is on.

Barb Dorn, who helmed the nonprofit the last six years, announced Wednesday she’ll step down in early 2019.

A YWCA search committee will launch a national search for her replacement.

Dorn’s six years in charge were marked by an organizational rebranding, expanded programming for women and girls, and the addition of a racial justice department, among other efforts. She said in a release she’s proud of the YWCA’s progress during her tenure but thought it was time for a change.

“In 2013 I inherited a vital organization with a strong foundation, and was charged with expanding on previous success by growing the organization, increasing its visibility, broadening the reach of YWCA programs and events, and positioning the organization as a leading community resource on issues of gender and race,” she said. “I believe I have accomplished those goals, and it’s time now for new leadership to take YWCA Mankato to the next level.”

She plans to help the board through the transition and hasn’t determined what her next step will be.

“Barb’s willingness to ensure a thoughtful transition speaks highly of her commitment to the organization, and as a board of directors we will work diligently to craft an effective succession plan for all involved,” said Jim Gullickson, YWCA board member and search committee leader, in a release. 

The nonprofit plans to share more about its future and transition at its State of the YWCA event Sept. 20. For more information go to www.mankatoywca.org

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