Shannon TL Isom is the President and CEO of YWCA Dayton. Isom is responsible for the executive and
administrative leadership of the YWCA Dayton, which strives to eliminate racism and empower women.
Likewise, she is responsible to ensure high quality outcomes, financial sustainability, organizational viability,
and exceptional program service delivery. The YWCA Dayton has played a pivotal role in shaping the Dayton
region; Isom’s priority is to carry the mission and to ensure it is both a catalyst and a disrupter for issues that
affect women, especially those most acutely felt through the lens of intersectionality. She served as a YWCA
Dayton board member, as well as Board Chair before taking the helm and ushering the YWCA Dayton into a
$17+M renovation and capital campaign project.
Isom began her professional career with the YWCA Columbus; hired as a program manager of a pilot
program, she solidified her commitment to women, and her passion for medicine and community health into
a realized professional focus. With over 20 years engaged within a myriad of health industries, she has
worked for Wyeth Pharmaceuticals Women’s Health Division, Miami Valley Hospital, Premier Health
Partners and CareSource in areas of Sales, Business Development, Systems Integration and Business and
Clinical Integration, respectively. She brings her skill set of visioning, strategic planning and profitable
business focus to every position.
Isom has had extensive Post-Baccalaureate education from The Ohio State University School of Medicine and
Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine. She has a BS of Pre-Medicine/Biology from Spelman
College in Atlanta, Georgia and an MBA in Healthcare Administration from Northeastern D’Amore-McKim
School of Business in Boston, Massachusetts. Awards bestowed include: Dayton Business Journal Forty under
40, Leadership Dayton, Dayton Business Journal 50 Most Powerful Women, Better Business Bureau WiBN
Top 25 Women to Watch, Antioch College Coretta Scott King Justice Award and Dayton Business Journal
Forty under 40 Hall of Fame.
She has spoken in a wide range of venues, including: Standing Firm, University of Dayton Social Practice
Human Rights Conference, Tedx Dayton, Tedx Salons, YWCA USA, United Theological Seminary, Antioch
College, Central State University, Girls on the Run and Power Rising Summit—always addressing the issues
that disparate women of race and class. Through board service on the YWCA USA Board of Directors as well
as President of the Ohio Council of YWCA’s, her focus strives for both political advocacy, mission and
collective voice within national, state and local platforms.
Likewise, she lends her voice, time and energy in the same vain to community through participation on
innumerable boards, committees, task forces and personal and professional mentoring.