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APRIL 7-9, 2011



WELCOME TO NEW YORK! Dear Women’s Funding Leaders, Partners and Allies, welcome to New York!








It is our pleasure to welcome you to Brooklyn, New York, for Women’s Funding Network’s 2011 Annual Conference, The Power of Global Networks. New York is a dynamic, bold and diverse community fitting for a global conference of leaders in the women’s funding movement. New York is also home to 28 members of Women’s Funding Network and is the largest city in the U.S. New York has a significant impact on global commerce, finance, media, culture, art, fashion, research, education, and entertainment. As host of the United Nations Headquarters, it is also an important center for international affairs. Furthermore, the city’s 7,000 not-for-profit organizations influence the local community as well as communities throughout the world. Each of New York’s five boroughs offers a unique cultural experience. Take some extra time to explore what The Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, and Staten Island have to offer. With that in mind, we hope you will take this opportunity to grow your personal and professional commitment to women and girls and build lasting partnerships. In collaboration with Women’s Funding Network, we have prepared an exciting program full of opportunities for you to engage with peer leaders, sisters and movement builders through interactive off-site explorations, informative workshops and stellar plenaries. We hope you also re-energize with colleagues who share our values and passion for accelerating change by investing in women and girls. We are pleased to host you!












Jacqueline M. Ebanks Director of Programs New York Women’s Foundation

Tiffany Dufu President The White House Project

Shari Levitz Annual Giving & Membership Manager Women’s Sports Foundation

Alexie Torres Fleming Executive Director The Sister Fund

Linda Altshuler Director Hadassah Foundation

Pat Eng Vice President, Programs Ms. Foundation for Women

Kathryn Olson CEO Women’s Sports Foundation

Taina Bien-Aime Executive Director Equality Now

Adrienne Germain President International Women’s Health Coalition

Reisa Brafman Social Consciousness Leader of Community Partnerships and Initiatives EILEEN FISHER

Mia Herndon Executive Director Third Wave Foundation

Joy Sisisky Executive Director The Jewish Women’s Foundation of New York

Trudy Turk-Yavelberg Project Coordinator The Jewish Women’s Foundation of New York

Kim Datz Development Director Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice

Sara Kriksciun Director of New York Office Global Fund for Women

Simone Sneed Major Gifts Officer Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice Ann Tiemeyer Program Director for Women’s Ministry, National Council of Churches in the USA

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Laurel Parker West Executive Director Long Island Fund for Women and Girls



8:30 AM – 2:00 PM A FuTuRE. NOT A PAST. (Salon G) A Future. Not A Past. (AFNAP) is Women’s Funding Network’s national initiative to end the sex trafficking of underage girls in the United States. Through funding from the Harold and Kayrita Anderson Family Foundation, Women’s Funding Network has made a 3-year commitment to build on the work pioneered by the original A Future. Not A Past. campaign in Georgia. In partnership with participating member funds and allied organizations, Women’s Funding Network is addressing and combating the sex trafficking of girls across America. This information sharing and strategy session is by invitation only for AFNAP participating member funds and members interested in joining the effort. FACILITATOR: Deborah Richardson, Consultant for Women’s Funding Network. SPEAKERS: Samir Goswami, LexisNexis; Kaffie McCullough, A Future. Not A Past.; Malika Saada Saar, The Rebecca Project for Human Rights; Beth Schapiro, Schapiro Group; Carol Smolenski, ECPAT-USA and Samantha Vardaman, Shared Hope International.

10:00 AM – 5:00 PM BRIdGE BuIldERS COHORT FINAl CONvENING (Roebling) The Bridge Builders Cohort deepens the engagement of the next generation of leaders as they position themselves at tables of influence and action as advocates for women-led solutions. Its 16 members exchange ideas, learn about management and philanthropy and build leadership skills. FACILITATORS: Helen Kim, Building Movement Project; Tuti Scott, Imagine Philanthropy and Amy Zucchero, Consultant for Women’s Funding Network.

10:00 AM – 6:30 PM BlACk wOMEN dONORS’ ACTION GROuP (Whitman) The Black Women Donors’ Action Group (BWDAG) is comprised of over 30 Black women leaders within the U.S. and the Diaspora who are mobilizing to increase the number of Black women at all levels of the economic spectrum who give to women’s funds and foundations. BWDAG is building tangible support for initiatives that benefit Black women and girls. 7:00 PM – 8:30PM Reception to follow. TRAINERS: Valaida Fullwood, Giving Back Project; Karen Osborne, The Osborne Group and Elizabeth Seja Min, Senior Design Fellow for Women’s Funding Network. MODERATOR: Michel Martin, NPR. SPEAKERS: Malaak Compton-Rock, The Angelrock Project; C. Nicole Mason, Women of Color Policy Network/NYU Wagner; Kimberly Myers Hewlett, Philanthropist; Gael Sylvia Pullen, Philanthropist and Tracy Wilson Mourning, Honey Child.

12:00 PM – 2:00 PM wOMEN’S FuNdING NETwORk BOARd OF dIRECTORS MEETING (Gleason) This meeting is for Women’s Funding Network board members only.

1:00 PM – 5:00 PM INCluSION COHORT FINAl CONvENING (Robinson) Women’s Funding Network and member funds are committed to the values of diversity, equality, justice and partnership. This cohort is comprised of five women’s funds working together to explore what inclusion looks like in the 21st century, as well as how to fully embrace inclusive practices throughout women’s philanthropy. At the end of the cohort each participating fund will have goals and a plan to advance inclusion within their fund. FACILITATORS: Karen Gray and Nora Hall, GrayHall LLP.



THURSDAY, APRIL 7, 2011 7:00 AM – 6:30 PM REGISTRATION OPEN (Registration Desk)


8:30 AM – 9:30 AM PLENARY 1 A BETTER dAY STARTS IN BROOklYN-PRESENTEd BY SOuTHwEST AIRlINES (Grand Ballroom A-E) Enjoy a plated breakfast as MacArthur “genius” awardee, founder of Sustainable South Bronx and world-renowned eco-entrepreneur Majora Carter welcomes us to New York City. Featuring a special performance by CARAS El Puente dance Ensemble.

9:30 AM – 12:45 PM CONCURRENT ON-SITE AND OFF-SITE ACTIVITIES 9:30 AM – 12:45 PM OFF-SITE EXCURSIONS: Meet New York’s Change-Makers. Pre-registration is required. Visit the registration desk for more information. Meet in the hotel lobby at 9:30 a.m. Diverse and global, New York City pulses with fresh ideas about social change. Connect with local grassroots leaders and community activists over strategies for alleviating poverty, ending violence and promoting human rights. Participants will visit ONE of the following sites to discuss how philanthropic investments are transforming communities, exchange ideas and gain a deeper understanding of complex social problems and solutions. Sites include: 1. African Burial Ground FACILITATOR: Lynn Roberts, Hunter College. 2. Arab-American Family Support Center FACILITATORS: Naheed Bahram, Women for Afghan Women; Daisy Khan, American Society for Muslim Advancement and Robina Niaz, Turning Point for Women and Families.

3. domestic workers united FACILITATOR: Helen Kim, Building Movement Project. 4. FIERCE FACILITATOR: Sangeeta Budhiraja, Ms. Foundation for Women. 5. FuREE FACILITATOR: Mia Herndon, Third Wave Foundation. 6. Girls for Gender Equity in Brooklyn FACILITATOR: Cynthia Steele, EMpower. 7. Groundswell Community Mural Project FACILITATOR: Michelle Coffey, Lambent Foundation. 8. The lower East Side Girls Club FACILITATOR: Lyn Pentecost, The Lower Eastside Girls Club.

THURSDAY, APRIL 7, 2011 9. Restaurant Opportunities Center FACILITATOR: Rinku Sen, Applied Research Center. 10. uN women FACILITATOR: Radhika Balakrishnan, Center for Women’s Global Leadership.

10:00 AM -12:45 PM WE INNOVATE. (On-site, Salons F-I) Simple ideas often spark major, lasting change. Join leaders from diverse social justice movements to discuss innovative strategies for revolutionizing philanthropy. Explore ideas and gain inspiration for action. Participate in three sessions to gain fresh perspectives on social change. We Innovate Session Facilitators: Stephanie Clohesy, Clohesy Consulting and Michele Ozumba, Women’s Funding Network.

10:00 AM -10:45 AM SESSION 1: CHOOSE ONE SPEAkER FRANCINE lEFRAk, leFrak Productions SAME SkY, A TRAdE-NOT-AId PHIlANTHROPIC MOdEl (Salon F) Learn about SAME SKY, a trade-not-aid philanthropic model that provides Rwandan women with opportunities to build entrepreneurial skills and sustainable incomes. OR YvETTE J. AlBERdINGk THIJM, wITNESS SEE IT. FIlM IT. CHANGE IT. (Salon G) Learn how video and emerging technologies are revolutionizing activism, providing the means for anyone to bear witness to human rights atrocities and at the same time being censored or leveraged by oppressive governments. Learn why the explosion of digital media makes it crucial for human rights defenders to maintain full control of these powerful new tools.

11:00 AM -11:45 AM SESSION 2: CHOOSE ONE SPEAkER JENSINE lARSEN, world Pulse and dAYANARA, Casa Atabex Ache BREAkING THE SIlENCE: A NEw wAvE OF wOMEN wEB 2.0 CITIzEN JOuRNAlISTS (Salon F) Increasing access to new media technologies is enabling women from some of the most remote regions of the world to make international headlines, organize across borders and obtain vital development information. Learn how World Pulse is training a new network of grassroots women leaders to become empowered citizen journalists and web savvy change agents for their communities. See resourceful ways that women, some from impoverished rural villages and conflict zones, are using online technology to drive change. OR JOHN EMERSON, Social design Notes vISuAl STORY TEllING (Salon G) See how information visualization and visual story telling can be utilized for advocacy, strategic planning, and community outreach. Learn about basic principles and trends in this field.

12:00 PM -12:45 PM SESSION 3 ABIGAIl dISNEY, daphne Foundation wOMEN, wAR & PEACE: SPOTlIGHTING wOMEN AS PEACEMAkERS (Salon H-I) Filmmaker, philanthropist and scholar Abigail Disney is producing a bold new miniseries, Women, War & Peace, to challenge the conventional wisdom that war and peace are men’s domains. Women, War & Peace will focus on women’s strategic role in the post-Cold War era, where globalization, arms trafficking, and illicit trade have intersected to create a whole new type of war. Come learn how we can place women at the center of an urgent dialogue about conflict and security.

12:45 AM – 1:00 PM luNCH (Grand Ballroom Foyer) Boxed lunches

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THURSDAY, APRIL 7, 2011 1:00 PM – 1:45 PM PLENARY 2 SPARkING OuR lOCAl TO GlOBAl CONNECTIONS (Grand Ballroom A-E) Share experiences and ideas from the morning talks and offsite excursions. Participate in an interactive debrief session that will identify common themes from the morning discussions, ignite new ideas and deepen our connections as a global network. Real time discussions will be facilitated by a data visualization tool that will use your text messages to guide the conversation. Get your mobile phone ready! Facilitators: Nicole Regalado, Women’s Funding Network and Ellen Sprenger, Spring Strategies.

1:45 PM – 2:45 PM PLENARY 3 wOMEN MOvING MIllIONS CAMPAIGN CElEBRATION (Grand Ballroom A-E) Join us as we continue forward with Women’s Funding Network’s Women Moving Millions campaign success with nearly $200 million raised by women for women. Hear stories of how million dollar investments are making an impact on the lives of women and girls around the world. Participate in exercises to reflect on your relationship to philanthropy and money. Facilitator: Tuti Scott, Imagine Philanthropy. Speakers Include: Barbara Dobkin, Dobkin Family Foundation; Christine Grumm, Women’s Funding Network; Helen LaKelly Hunt, The Sister Fund and Women Moving Millions Campaign; Dawn Oliver, The Women’s Foundation of Greater Kansas City and Jacki Zehner, The Jacquelyn and Gregory Zehner Foundation.

2:45 PM – 3:15 PM PLENARY 4 THE POwER OF dANCE (Grand Ballroom A-E) Enjoy a special guest performance by the Alvin Ailey Student Performance Group from the official school of Alvin Ailey American dance Theater.

3:15 PM – 3:45 PM BREAk (Join us for coffee and tea in the Foyer)

3:45 PM – 5:15 PM WORKSHOP 1 wOMEN, FAITH ANd CHANGE (Gleason) Young women of diverse cultural traditions share how they work from the intersections of faith and social change to advance economic justice, safety and security for our communities and the world. Gain insights from this next generation of activists on how the women’s funding movement and faith-led initiatives can collaborate for local to global impact. Facilitator: Sunita Viswanath, Women for Afghan Women. Speakers: Leith Greenslade, Jewish Women’s Foundation of New York; Melanie Harris, Texas Christian University and Valarie Kaur, Groundswell, Auburn Theological Seminary.

WORKSHOP 2 EvAluATION MAdE EASY (Whitman/Robinson) Evaluation is crucial for effective foundations. For women’s funds that play many roles besides grantmaker, this includes knowing their value-add. Learn about different evaluation methods, how to handle evaluation internally with existing resources and how to clarify the impact of investments. Speakers: Jackie Copeland-Carson, Copeland Carson & Associates and Cynthia Schmae, Consultant for Women’s Funding Network. Case Studies: New York Women’s Foundation and Women and Girls Foundation of Southwest Pennsylvania.

THURSDAY, APRIL 7, 2011 WORKSHOP 3 BEYONd THE MONEY: dEvElOPING, NuRTuRING ANd RETAINING dONORS (Salon F-G) Good fundraising includes conversation and listening, an exchange of values, and a well-presented “story” and case for funding. Learn about research and case studies that demonstrate the breadth of opportunity for partnering with donors in a strategic, intentional and meaningful way. While representing a U.S. perspective, strategies can be adapted globally.

Speakers: Radhika Balakrishnan, Center for Women’s Global Leadership; Musimbi Kanyoro, The David and Lucile Packard Foundation and Terry Williams, Women’s Foundation of Minnesota.


Facilitator: Tuti Scott, Imagine Philanthropy.

lIvE YOuR MOST GENEROuS YEAR YET (Roebling) What does it look like for you to live and lead a generous life? How can fully living into this definition be a catalyst for personal transformation and lasting social justice? Uncover your greatest giving potential to live your most generous year yet.

Speakers: Claire Costello, Bank of America Merrill Lynch; Deborah Holmes, Global Fund for Women; Andrea Pactor, Women’s Philanthropy Institute at Indiana University and Jennifer Pope Baker, Women’s Fund of Central Indiana.

Speakers: Kathy LeMay, Raising Change and author of The Generosity Plan with Kayrita Anderson, Harold and Kayrita Anderson Family Foundation and Ayesha Mattu, Muslim Women’s Fund.

6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

WORKSHOP 4 EMBRACING NEw lEAdERSHIP TO AdvANCE THE wOMEN’S FuNdING MOvEMENT (Salon H) In the second year of Women’s Funding Network’s conference dialogues on advancing inclusion, this workshop provides a unique space for conversations around equity, power and privilege and offers strategies for lifting up new voices, differing perspectives and leadership styles that will strengthen the women’s funding movement. Facilitator: Tata Traore-Rogers, Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice. Speakers: Sangeeta Budhiraja, Ms. Foundation for Women; Helen Kim, Building Movement Project; Veronica Marques, ELAS - Fundo de Investimento Social; Suzanne Pharr, Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice and Yifat Susskind, MADRE.

WORKSHOP 5 FuElING MOvEMENT BuIldING FOR PROGRESSIvE SOCIAl CHANGE (Salon I) Successful movements grow from the ground up, igniting broad-based social change. By collaborating with donors, activists and communities, women’s funds strengthen movements to improve the lives of women and girls. Learn strategies for raising and mobilizing the resources necessary to fully invest in movement building.

lOCAl HOST wElCOME RECEPTION (galapagos art space, 16 Main Street [at the corner of Water Street] in Brooklyn) Limited capacity, registration required. New York City based women’s funds welcome you to Brooklyn during an off-site reception held at galapagos art space, with a special musical performance by Toshi Reagon. TRANSPORTATION OPTIONS: limited Shuttle Service will be provided from the front of the hotel between the hours of 5:45pm and 6:15pm. Return shuttle service to the Marriott will be provided between 7:15-8pm. Car Service is available from the front of the hotel (approximate fare is $10, cash only). Subway directions: Exit the hotel and proceed down the walkway immediately to the left of the hotel (between Morton’s and the Marriott). Enter the Subway station on your right and purchase a Metro Card for $5.00 round trip. Take the F train toward Manhattan and exit at York Street (only one stop). Upon exiting the station, walk down Jay Street towards Front Street, make a left down Front Street, walk four blocks to Main Street, make a right on Main, walk one more block, and galapagos will be on your left-hand side at the corner of Main and Water.

Facilitator: Angelika Arutyunova, Association for Women’s Rights in Development.

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FRIDAY, APRIL 8, 2011 7:00 AM – 6:30 PM REGISTRATION OPEN (Registration Desk)

women and girls. Learn about rituals from across faiths and spiritual perspectives that promote gender-justice activism. Facilitators: Lisa Anderson and Katharine Henderson, Auburn Theological Seminary.

8:00 AM – 4:00 PM Conference Marketplace and Bluestockings Bookstore Open (Grand Ballroom Foyer)

7:00 AM – 7:45 AM Move Your Body (Salon I) Join Tuti Scott, Imagine Philanthropy, to re-energize your body for the day to come. Stretch and get moving before breakfast. Wear clothes that are easy to move in.

7:30 AM – 9:00 AM CONCURRENT BREAKFAST SESSIONS 7:30 AM – 9:00 AM Sunrise Sessions Join peers for breakfast sessions to learn about new research, opportunities for collaboration and best practices for growing the women’s funding movement. Engaging New Donor Audiences in Reproductive Health, Rights and Justice (Gleason) Learn about new research in North America, Africa and Europe that lifts up effective ways to message reproductive health and justice to individual donors and to expand donor leadership on this crucial issue for the health and well-being of women and their families. Facilitator: Amy Friedrich-Karnik, Consultant for Women’s Funding Network. Case Studies: African Women’s Development Fund, Spark and Women’s Fund of Miami-Dade. Cultivating a Life-long Habit of Generosity for Women and Girls (Roebling) The habits of generosity are not simply acts performed. Being generous is spiritually charged and requires dedication and disciplined practices. Explore what it means to cultivate “the holy habit” of generosity for the full economic empowerment of

The 2012 Project: A Year of Opportunity for Women. Don’t Get Mad. Get Equal! (Whitman) Learn about The 2012 Project, a U.S.-based, non-partisan campaign to recruit accomplished women to run for legislative offices in a critical election year. The campaign educates and inspires potential candidates and connects them with resources to help them succeed. Facilitators: Katherine Kleeman and Kelly Dittmar, Eagleton Institute of Politics, Center for American Women and Politics. Safety, Security, Self-Determination & LGBTI Community Organizing (Robinson) From anti-homosexual legislation in Uganda, to the shutdown of the ILGA-Asia conference in Indonesia, to teen suicides and school bullying in the U.S., violence against sexual and gender minorities is gaining visibility worldwide. Explore how to address safety and security in LGBTI communities and strengthen cross-movement collaboration. Facilitators: Mai Kiang, Namita Chad, Miles Goff and Suzanne Pharr, Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice. The Infant Mortality Crisis in the U.S. (Brooklyn Writers, South Tower) Are you living in a U.S. city experiencing disparities in infant mortality statistics that rival the poorest of developing nations? Join peers for a discussion about this crisis, the impact of racism and possible social change strategies to address it. Facilitators: Elaine Maly, Women’s Fund of Greater Milwaukee and Lorraine Lathen, Jump at the Sun Consultants, LLC. The Birthday Project: The Valentine Foundation Gives the Gift of Philanthropy (Brooklyn Actors, South Tower) In celebration of her 50th birthday, the late Phoebe Valentine decided to give friends the experience of philanthropy by sharing the gift of grantmaking. This process is now known as “The Birthday Project.” In 2010 the trustees of The Valentine Foundation adapted this idea as a 25th Anniversary Project where 10 pairs of donors and mentors engaged in a yearlong grantmaking process. Learn about the success of this innovative project and find out how to access the online Birthday Project workbook. Facilitators: Robin Eisenberg, Barbara J. Silzle and Linda White, The Valentine Foundation.

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FRIDAY, APRIL 8, 2011 7:30 AM – 9:00 AM wOMEN’S FuNdS wITHIN COMMuNITY FOuNdATIONS (Salon G) A peer-driven networking breakfast to connect leaders of women’s funds within community foundations. Facilitator: Liz Schaffer, Women’ Funding Network. Speakers: LoRose Hunter, Women’s Fund of Mississippi; Heidi McPherson, Chester County Fund for Women and Girls; Jennifer Pope Baker, Women’s Fund of Central Indiana and Andrea Small, Women’s Funding Network.

7:30 AM – 9:00 AM GENERAl NETwORkING BREAkFAST (Salon F and Grand Ballroom Foyer) Join us for an open networking breakfast (no program).

9:15 AM – 11:15 AM PLENARY 5 Opening Performance: Laurie Taylor, Urban Bush Women, will be performing the solo, “Body Talk” (2010). THE POwER OF GlOBAl NETwORkS - PRESENTEd BY J.P. MORGAN (Grand Ballroom A-E) Women’s funds have experienced tremendous expansion and success in the past three decades. What vision is needed to maintain transformative change? How can women’s funds grow and sustain critical movement building work? Christine Grumm, Women’s Funding Network President & CEO, shares trends in social change philanthropy and speaks with transitioning and emerging leaders of women’s funds about keeping women’s philanthropy fresh, innovative and relevant in the decades to come. Panelists: Bisi Adeleye-Fayemi, The First Lady of Ekiti State, Nigeria; Jamie AllisonHope, S.H. Cowell Foundation and Spark; Emilienne de Leon, International Network of Women’s Funds; Tiffany Dufu, The White House Project; Sara Gould, Foundation Center and Becky Sykes, Dallas Women’s Foundation.

11:15 AM – 12:00 PM BREAk (Grand Ballroom Foyer) Visit the conference marketplace to network with peers and the Bluestockings bookstore for speaker/author signings.

12:00 PM – 1:30 PM PLENARY 6 Special Performance: Til the Black Lady Sings Deborah Cheetham, Australian Indigenous Soprano and Toni Lalich, Piano. luNCHEON: CHANGING THE FACE OF PHIlANTHROPY ANd wOMEN & PHIlANTHROPY lEAd AwARd PRESENTEd BY THE wOMEN’S FuNdING NETwORk - PRESENTEd BY BANk OF AMERICA MERRIll lYNCH (Grand Ballroom A-E) Honor leaders who are making a difference for women through philanthropy and celebrate the tremendous impact they make on their communities and the women’s funding movement. Emcee: Carol Jenkins, President and Founder of Women’s Media Center and Emmy Award-winning television anchor and correspondent.



FRIDAY, APRIL 8, 2011 1:30 PM – 2:00 PM BREAk (Grand Ballroom Foyer)

2:00 PM – 3:30 PM WORKSHOP 7 wOMEN + JOBS = GlOBAl ECONOMIC RECOvERY (Whitman) Job security for women creates economic security for families, communities and nations. The current economic climate calls for new leadership and unique partnerships focused on implementing proven strategies, creating new jobs for women and increasing job security. Hear about pathways to greater economic security, including asset building, job training, and investment in women-owned businesses. Moderator: Shyama Venkateswar, National Council for Research on Women. Speakers: Ana María Enriquez, UN Women; Caren Grown, Bureau of Policy, Planning and Learning, USAID; Sarita Gupta, Jobs with Justice; Sara Manzano-Díaz, U.S. Department of Labor Women’s Bureau, and C. Nicole Mason, Women of Color Policy Network/NYU Wagner.

WORKSHOP 8 vAluE, POwER ANd vIABIlITY: A BuSINESS MOdEl FOR wOMEN’S FuNdS (Salon H-I) Twelve public women’s funds have spent the last year in partnership with Women’s Funding Network studying business models and strategies for lifting up the core value-add of women’s funds. Learn more about what they found, including: (1) a fresh perspective on restricted and unrestricted income and (2) a new way of thinking about women’s funds’ value in moving complex social change forward and improving the quality of results.

Branding experts share messaging strategies for explaining womens’ funds’ core purpose and impact in the most compelling way. Speakers: Janet Riccio, Omnicom Group, Inc. and Charise Mita, Batten & Company.

WORKSHOP 10 INvESTING IN wOMEN ARTISTS FOR SOCIAl CHANGE (Gleason) The arts provide a powerful way to accelerate the social change agenda of women’s funds. Learn how foundations are investing in women artists as a strategy for systemic change and meet two inspiring artist/activist trailblazers. Facilitator: Mary Morten, Morten Group. Speakers: Kayhan Irani, activist and Emmy Award-winning writer; Hali Lee, Asian Women Giving Circle; Martha Richards, WomenArts and Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, Urban Bush Women.

WORKSHOP 11 THE GREAT dEBATE (Robinson) Do women’s funds fully embrace the core social justice values of diversity, equality, justice and partnership? Exercise your mental muscle with The Great Debate, a spirited discussion that gives you the opportunity to articulate different positions on one issue, reinforcing a culture of learning that will strengthen your skills as a persuasive and effective leader. Facilitators: Nicole Regalado, Women’s Funding Network and Ellen Sprenger, Spring Strategies. Judges: Nicole Cozier, Washington Area Women’s Foundation; Nicky McIntyre, Mama Cash and Blanca Rico, Semillas.

Speakers: Gabriel Kasper, Monitor Institute; Leslie Mackrell, Ms. Foundation for Women; Elizabeth Seja Min, Senior Design Fellow for Women’s Funding Network, and Liz Schaffer, Women’s Funding Network.

WORKSHOP 9 MESSAGING YOuR FuNd’S MISSION wITH ClARITY (Salon F-G) Women’s funds invest in social change that is big on impact, but hard to explain.

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FRIDAY, APRIL 8, 2011 WORKSHOP 12 dONOR ACTIvISM: lIvING YOuR lIFE AS A SOCIAl CHANGE lEAdER (Roebling) Explore your leadership style and relationship to being an advocate. Fun exercises and the opportunity to state one’s position will be introduced to help participants feel focused, engaged and confident as activists and social change leaders. Specific anecdotes around activism in and beyond the women’s funding movement will be shared. Speakers: Ellen Landis, Sharevision, Inc. and Tuti Scott, Imagine Philanthropy.

3:30 PM – 4:00 PM BREAk (Grand Ballroom Foyer)

4:00 PM – 5:30 PM PLENARY 7

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM dINE AROuNd dISCuSSIONS (Off-site Locations) Participants pre-paid and registered for this event in advance. If you did not pre-register but would like to participate, please see the registration desk for last-minute availability and wait-list status. Refunds cannot be issued for cancellations unless your spot has been re-booked. No dine-around refunds will be issued until after the conference. Alcoholic beverages are not included in pre-paid fee. Please bring a minimum of $15 cash for transportation plus any additional for alcoholic beverages. Meet in lobby at 5:45 PM to be guided to your Dine Around location. ExECuTIvE dIRECTOR dINNER: Join other executive directors for an evening of great food and conversation. Connect and discuss leadership and management strategies. SuSTAINABlE BuSINESS MOdElS dINE AROuNd: Sara Gould, former President and CEO of the Ms. Foundation for Women, will host leaders in her home to continue conversations around strengthening women’s funds’ business models for long-term sustainability.

INvESTING wITH A GENdER lENS: HOw wE CAN uSE OuR dOllARS TO dRIvE POSITIvE CHANGE (Grand Ballroom A-E) This session will explore how investors, individual and institutional, can invest for profit with the same set of values they apply to their philanthropy and grantmaking. Do viable financial products exist that incorporate a gender lens? What are the current barriers and opportunities? How can the movement to invest in the potential of women and girls make all levels of money matter to make a big impact?

BOARd dINE AROuNd: Meet other board members from women’s funds around the world for peer-driven discussions about best practices and new ideas for influencing your fund’s vision.

Opening Remarks: Linda Basch, National Council for Research on Women.

FuNdRAISING SuCCESS STORIES dINE AROuNd: Join peer-driven conversations around successful models for resource mobilization.

Facilitator: Jackie VanderBrug, Criterion Ventures. Speakers: Suzanne Biegel, Investors’ Circle; Stephanie Hanbury-Brown, Golden Seeds; Joseph Keefe, Pax World Management LLC; Donna Sims Wilson, CastleOak Securities, L.P. and Jacki Zehner, The Jacquelyn and Gregory Zehner Foundation.

PROGRAM ANd GRANT-MAkERS dINE AROuNd: Join program leaders for peer-driven conversations about strategic grantmaking and programming strategies to deepen community impact.

NEw TO wOMEN’S FuNd dINE AROuNd: Network with other leaders new to women’s funds.



SATURDAY, APRIL 9, 2011 7:00 AM – 12:00 PM REGISTRATION OPEN (Registration Desk)

8:00 AM – 1:00 PM BluESTOCkINGS BOOkSTORE OPEN (Ballroom Foyer)

7:00 AM – 7:45 AM MOvE YOuR BOdY (Salon I) Join Tuti Scott, Imagine Philanthropy, to re-energize your body for the day to come. Stretch and get moving before breakfast. Wear clothes that are easy to move in.

7:45 AM – 8:30 AM GlOBAl dISCuSSION wITH wOMEN’S FuNdING NETwORk BOARd (Grand Ballroom A-E) Join Women’s Funding Network Board members for a breakfast discussion around how we become a more authentically global network.

8:00 AM – 8:30 AM GENERAl NETwORkING BREAkFAST (Grand Ballroom A-E)

8:30 AM – 10:00 AM PLENARY 8 lEvERAGING TECHNOlOGY ANd NEw MEdIA FOR REAl SOCIAl CHANGE (Grand Ballroom A-E) Technology has revolutionized the way the world connects, advocates and gives. Social media strategists and practitioners will share and discuss the latest high-impact social media strategies and investments that are shaping our global community’s work toward equality for all. Workshops immediately following this panel delve deeper into specific topics. Facilitator: Elizabeth Seja Min, Senior Design Fellow for Women’s Funding Network. Speakers: Cheryl Contee, Fission Strategies; Mallika Dutt, Breakthrough; Sokari Ekine, social justice activist and blogger and Amanda Rose, Connect the Dots Foundation.

10:00 AM – 10:15 AM BREAk (Grand Ballroom Foyer)

10:15 AM – 11:30 AM Join our morning plenary speakers for workshops led by experts in the field.

WORKSHOP 13 SOCIAl MEdIA ANd FuNdRAISING (Salon H-I) Social media has shifted the way individuals give and participate in philanthropy by helping organizations fundraise faster and with fewer resources. Learn concrete strategies and best practices for creating a social media fundraising plan, diversifying a donor base and measuring success. Facilitator: Lisa Hume, Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis. Speakers: Renee Alexander, U.S. Fund for UNICEF; Megan Galbraith, Changing Our World, Inc. and Alison McQuade, GlobalGiving.



BRANdRAISING® THROuGH SOCIAl MEdIA (Gleason) Establishing a strong brand identity and value proposition is a key component of any organization’s success. Join branding expert Farra Trompeter from Big Duck to explore social media strategies for building brand recognition and leveraging leadership to drive social change.

uSING SOCIAl MEdIA TO dEMOCRATIzE GRANTMAkING (Roebling) Among the many ways social media can impact our work is the potential of social media tools to revolutionize our grantmaking processes and bring new voices and innovations to the field of giving. Practitioners will share how they are using social media tools to expand engagement in philanthropy and democratize grantmaking.

Speaker: Farra Trompeter, Big Duck, with an introduction by Carmel Owen, New York Women’s Foundation.

Facilitator: Sande Smith, Women’s Foundation of California.

WORKSHOP 15 PROMOTING lEAdERSHIP ANd vISION THROuGH SOCIAl MEdIA (Salon F-G) To communicate effectively in today’s shifting media landscape organizations need to incorporate new media. These new tools, as well as online forums and user groups, are essential for promoting thought leadership and amplifying critical voices and viewpoints. Explore the most effective tactics as well as how to monitor and ensure that messages are being delivered for maximum impact with key influencers and target audiences. Facilitator: Vivienne Heston-Demirel, National Council for Research on Women. Speakers: Gloria Feldt, activist and author; Larry McGill, Foundation Center and Jamia Wilson, Women’s Media Center.

WORKSHOP 16 ACCElERATING AdvOCACY GOAlS ANd IMPACT THROuGH SOCIAl MEdIA (Whitman/Robinson) Effective usage of social media tools can exponentially accelerate and expand the reach and impact of advocacy initiatives by providing a powerful platform for sharing information and taking action. Learn best practices for getting attention, raising awareness and advancing policy goals through social media campaigns.

Speakers: Sokunthea Sa Chhabra, The Case Foundation; Nicole Cozier, Washington Area Women’s Foundation; Naomi Hirabayashi and Jessica Scheer,

11:30 AM – 11:45 AM BREAk (Grand Ballroom Foyer)

11:45 AM – 12:15 PM CLOSING KEYNOTE wOMEN lEAdING THE wAY TO AN OPEN ANd SECuRE wORld (Grand Ballroom A-E) Ms. Michelle Bachelet, the first Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women and former President of Chile, shares her vision of a just and equitable world where communities fully embrace gender equality. Introductory presentation by International Museum of Women and opening remarks by Musimbi kanyoro, The David and Lucile Packard Foundation.

12:15 PM – 1:00 PM BluESTOCkINGS BOOkSTORE SPEAkER/AuTHOR SIGNINGS (Grand Ballroom Foyer)

Facilitator: Mary Beth Hanson, Women’s Foundation of Minnesota. Speakers: Jocelyn Harmon, Care2; Amy Moy, Women’s Funding Network and Urjasi Rudra, Say NO - UNiTE to End Violence Against Women, UN Women.

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CONFERENCE EXTRAS Visit the Brooklyn Museum 2 for 1 Entrance Fee ($10 for Adults and $6 for Students) The Brooklyn Museum, home of the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art and The Dinner Party by Judy Chicago, is generously offering Women’s Funding Network conference participants the opportunity to visit the museum at a two for one discounted price. You must present your conference name badge to receive this discount. Enter a Raffle to Win Virtual Coaching Stop by the registration area to enter your name into a raffle to receive a free one hour coaching session with fundraising, evaluation, advocacy, strategic planning, financial management, communications and new media experts. Sessions are available to Women’s Funding Network members only and will take place before May 31, 2011. Winners will be announced on Saturday April 9, 2011. Limit one coaching session per women’s fund. Conference Marketplace (Grand Ballroom Foyer) Stop by the Conference Marketplace to visit with one of our sponsors, purchase a locally handmade gift to take back home, and learn about the diverse group of women’s funds, philanthropic leaders, and partner organizations represented. You may also leave your organization’s informational brochures and flyers at one of the open tables. Conference Bookstore – Bluestockings (Grand Ballroom Foyer) The conference bookstore will feature books about a variety of topics relevant to the conference content and will offer book signings by our speakers who are published authors. Hours: Thursday, April 7, 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM; Friday, April 8, 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM; Saturday, April 9, 8:00 AM– 1 PM Speaker/Author Book Signings: Friday, April 8, 11:15 AM-12 PM; Saturday, April 9, from 12:15-1:00 PM About Bluestockings: Bluestockings is a majority women collectively owned bookstore, fair trade cafe, and activist center in the Lower East Side of Manhattan that strives to create a space that welcomes and empowers all people. Bluestockings actively supports movements that challenge hierarchy and all systems of oppression, including patriarchy, heterosexism, the gender binary, white supremacy and classism, within society as well as our own movements. Visit the website at Internet Café: There will be limited access to the internet at three laptop stations in the Conference Marketplace. Please be respectful of your fellow conference participants by limiting your time spent on the computers to 10-minute intervals. The internet café does not include access to a printer, please visit the hotel business center to print, copy or fax.

About Your Conference Bag Your conference tote-bag has been generously donated by EILEEN FISHER and is made from recycled plastic water bottles. Inside your bag you will find reading materials, edibles and many other treats on behalf of your local host committee. Enjoy! Conference Materials Visit our website to access workshop materials, presentations and video highlights of this year’s event. Go to and click the Resources tab, then the Conference Materials link. Save the Date Save May 3-5, 2012 for Women’s Funding Network’s 2012 annual conference at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles, California, USA. HOTEL INFORMATION Check Out Time: 11:00 AM. For your convenience, video checkout is available for all guest rooms. Express Check-in and Check-out are also available. Airline Boarding Passes: Printer is Located near Concierge Desk in the hotel lobby. Faxed Items: Faxes can be sent to the hotel at 1-718-246-0563. Please make sure all faxes indicate “Hold for Hotel Guest and Name.” Concierge Hours: Thursday, 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM, Friday, 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM, Saturday, 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM Currency Exchange The front desk can provide limited currency exchange (Australian, Canadian, Euro and Yen). Other currency exchanges services can be provided in Manhattan (Front desk can provide a list of full-service currency exchanges). Safe Deposit Boxes: Available at the Front Desk. Business Center: The hotel has a self-service business center (accessible with a room key and credit card for charges).




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Bisi Adeleye-Fayemi (First Lady of Ekiti State, Nigeria) Bisi Adeleye-Fayemi recently left her role as Co-Founder and Executive Director of the African Women’s Development Fund (2001-2011). She will continue her dedication to the realization of women’s human rights as First Lady of Ekiti state, accelerating positive change in the lives of families and communities in Nigeria, Africa and globally. Bisi also serves on Women’s Funding Network’s Board of Directors. Friday at 9:15 AM.

Suzanne Biegel (CEO, Investors’ Circle) Suzanne Biegel brings more than 25 years of experience as an entrepreneur, visionary, investor, and hands-on operational manager to her work as CEO of Investors’ Circle, the oldest and largest early stage impact investing network in the U.S. During her previous work as CEO of IEC, an e-learning and communications firm, she received the Entrepreneur of the Year and Women of the Year Awards. Friday at 4:00 PM.

Alvin Ailey Student Performance Group (Official School of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater) Over the last 50 years Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater has performed for an estimated 23 million people in 48 states and in 71 countries on six continents. Ailey’s Student Performance Group was founded in 1984 and is comprised of some of the School’s most talented and dynamic students from around the world who, under the direction of Tina Bush, bring dance and entertainment to underserved communities. Thursday at 2:45 PM.

CARAS El Puente Dance Ensemble CARAS El Puente is a youth contemporary dance ensemble residing in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Founded in October 2009, their mission is to use dance as an outlet for change. Thursday at 8:00 AM.

Yvette J. Alberdingk Thijm (Executive Director, WITNESS) Since 2008, Yvette J. Alberdingk Thijm has led a team of activists to open the eyes of the world to human rights violations through video. She has nearly two decades of experience in media, strategic partnerships and new technologies, including serving as Executive Vice President of Content Strategy & Acquisition at Joost and working for MTV Networks International. Thursday at 10:00 AM. Jamie Allison-Hope (Program Officer, S.H. Cowell Foundation and Board Chair, Spark) Jamie Allison-Hope is a Program Officer with the S.H. Cowell Foundation where she is responsible for the Youth Development and Affordable Housing grantmaking areas. Jamie has worked in philanthropy for over 10 years and is Board Chair of Spark, a women’s fund that seeks to build a community of young, global citizens who are invested in changing patterns of inequality that impact women throughout the world. Friday at 9:15 AM. Michelle Bachelet (Under-Secretary-General & Executive Director, UN Women) Michelle Bachelet is the first Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women (est. 2010) and previously served as President of Chile (2006-2010). Champion of women’s rights, she has advocated for gender equality and women’s empowerment throughout her career, including the areas of pension reform, social protection programs for women and children, research and development, and child care. In past roles as Minister of Defense and Minister of Health, Ms. Bachelet introduced policies to improve the conditions of women in the military and health-care reform to benefit families. Saturday at 11:45 AM. Linda Basch (President, National Council for Research on Women) Linda Basch, PhD, President of the National Council for Research on Women, studies and addresses critical issues including women’s economic security; disparities in income and education; the leadership pipeline; women in the workplace, including work/life balance; women and girls in science and technology; globalization and human security. She has written on these issues for academic and popular media. Friday at 4:00 PM.

Majora Carter (Founder, Sustainable South Bronx) Eco-entrepreneur Majora Carter’s consulting company advises cities, universities, foundations, corporations and communities on poverty alleviation and climate change adaptation. She founded and led the non-profit, Sustainable South Bronx from 2001-2008, to further environmental equality through economically sustainable projects. She hosts The Promised Land on over 100 public radio stations, and has earned numerous honors including: Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People In Business, a MacArthur “genius” Fellowship, and Essence Magazine’s 25 Most Influential African-Americans. Thursday at 8:30 AM Deborah Cheetham (Indigenous Soprano, Composer and Author) Deborah Cheetham, Yorta Yorta woman, Soprano, composer and author has established her place as an artist in great demand. Since her international debut in 1997, Deborah has performed in the theater and concert halls of the United States, France, Germany, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, New Zealand and throughout Australia. In 2010, she founded Short Black Opera Pty Ltd, a national non-profit for the development of Indigenous opera singers. Friday at 12:00 PM. Stephanie Clohesy (Founder, Clohesy Consulting) Stephanie Clohesy is the founder and principal of Clohesy Consulting, an organizational development firm offering a broadband of planning, research and design services to philanthropic foundations and nonprofit institutions. Stephanie has 30 years of national and international experience in public policy reform, women’s and human rights, civic participation and democratization, and organizational and leadership development. Thursday at 10:00 AM. Cheryl Contee (Partner, Fission Strategies and Co-Founder of Jack and Jill Politics) Cheryl Contee specializes in helping non-profits and foundations use social media for social change and writes as “Jill Tubman” on Jack and Jill Politics, one of the top 10 black blogs. She was honored in Fast Company’s “2010 Most Influential Women In Tech” and is included in “The Root 100” list of established and emerging African-American leaders. Saturday at 8:30 AM.

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FEATURED SPEAKERS AND PERFORMERS Dayanara (Executive Director, Casa Atabex Ache) Dayanara is a World Pulse 2011 Voices of our Future correspondent and Dominican immigrant leader who knows the realities of America’s digital divide after working for 10 years in the South Bronx. She is passionate about connecting the spiritual to social justice movements as the Executive Director of Casa Atabex Ache, which empowers young women of color to reclaim the power of their minds, bodies, and spirits. Thursday at 11:00 AM. Emilienne de Leon (Executive Director, The International Network of Women’s Funds) Emilienne de Leon is the Executive Director of The International Network of Women’s Funds, a women’s movement that spans the Northern and Southern hemispheres to expand the resources of women’s organizations and increase philanthropy worldwide. Emilienne was previously Executive Director of Semillas, Mexico’s only women’s fund, that awards grants for women-led solutions that empower marginalized communities throughout the country. Friday at 9:15 AM. Abigail Disney (Co-Founder and Co-President, Daphne Foundation) Abigail E. Disney is a filmmaker, philanthropist, and scholar who has played key roles in social and political organizations for more than 20 years. She is known for thoughtful, bold and strategic grantmaking and inspiring women across socio-economic strata to embrace their own philanthropic power. She produced the award-winning documentary Pray the Devil Back to Hell (2008) and is currently producing the mini-series, Women, War & Peace. Thursday at 12:00 PM. Barbara Dobkin (Trustee, Dobkin Family Foundation) A pioneer in advocacy and funding for women’s advancement and leadership, Barbara Dobkin is founder of her family’s foundation and Founding Chair of Ma’yan, the Jewish Women’s Archive and the Hadassah Foundation. She currently serves as Chair of Dafna Israeli Fund and American Jewish World Service. A frequent national speaker on women’s philanthropy and leadership, Barbara co-initiated the ground-breaking Women Moving Millions Campaign. Thursday at 1:45 PM. Tiffany Dufu (President, The White House Project) Tiffany Dufu is President of The White House Project, founded in 1998 to enhance the public perception of women as leaders and to fill our nation’s leadership pipeline with a richly diverse, critical mass of women. She previously served as Vice President at The White House Project and over the course of her 15-year career has raised nearly $20 million for non-profits, forging new partnerships, support and strategies. Friday at 9:15 AM. Mallika Dutt (President and CEO, Breakthrough) Mallika Dutt has overseen Breakthrough’s evolution from a single campaign to an international organization and global leader in advancing human rights through cuttingedge multimedia and pop culture tools. Breakthrough’s award-winning initiatives in India and the United States address issues such as violence against women, sexuality and HIV/AIDS, racial justice and immigrant rights. Saturday at 8:30 AM.

Sokari Ekine (Social Justice Activist and Blogger) Sokari Ekine is a Nigerian social justice activist and founder and principle author of the Pan African feminist blog, Black Looks. She is the editor of SMS Uprising, a collection of essays on the use of mobile phone technologies for social change that provide an analysis of the socio-economic, political and media contexts faced by activists in Africa today. Saturday at 8:30 AM. John Emerson (Activist and Author, Social Design Notes Blog) John Emerson is an activist, graphic designer, writer and programmer who has designed websites, printed materials and motion graphics for leading media companies as well as local and international non-profits. His writing has been published in Communication Arts and PRINT, featured in Metropolis Magazine, HOW, and The Wall Street Journal. In 2002 he founded Social Design Notes, a blog of writings and clippings on design and activism. Thursday at 11:00 AM. Sara Gould (Atlantic Senior Fellow, Foundation Center) In her two-year fellowship at the Foundation Center, Sara Gould will undertake research and activities within the broader philanthropic community to increase focus on social justice philanthropy and advance thinking in areas such as leadership development. Sara was president & CEO of the Ms. Foundation for Women (2004-2011), pioneering initiatives such as the Collaborative Fund for Women’s Economic Development and the Katrina Women’s Response Fund. Friday at 9:15 AM. Christine Grumm (President and CEO, Women’s Funding Network) Chris Grumm has shown dynamic leadership over the past 11 years and expanded the Network to encompass over 160 women’s funds worldwide that collectively give $65 million annually and possess over $535 million in collective working assets. She has inspired visionary partnerships between Women’s Funding Network and Women Moving Millions (WMM), the Clinton Global Initiative, La Pietra Coalition, and the Salzburg Global Seminar. Friday at 9:15 AM. Stephanie Hanbury-Brown (Managing Director & Founder, Golden Seeds) Stephanie Hanbury-Brown is Managing Director of Golden Seeds, which she founded in 2004. Previously she spent 20 years in financial services in Sydney, London and New York, mostly at JPMorgan. Stephanie has been a director of 11 boards during her career, including public companies, regulators, trade association and start-ups. She currently sits on the board of public company Foster Wheeler AG. Friday at 4:00 PM. Carol Jenkins (Founding President, Women’s Media Center) Carol Jenkins is an award-winning writer, producer, former television anchor and correspondent, and media consultant. She is the founding president and board member of The Women’s Media Center, the groundbreaking non-profit aimed at increasing coverage and participation of women in the media. Ms. Jenkins has won numerous awards including an Emmy, the 2009 North Star News Prize, and the 2008 Women’s Equality Award. Friday at 12:00 PM.

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FEATURED SPEAKERS AND PERFORMERS Musimbi Kanyoro (Director of the Population and Reproductive Health Program, The David and Lucile Packard Foundation) Director since 2007, Musimbi Kanyoro leads a program that makes grants in Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia and globally to organizations dedicated to reproductive health and its integration with global health, the environment and development issues. Previously CEO of the World YWCA, she has won several awards and authored 10 books and more than 100 articles. Saturday at 11:45 AM.

Dawn Oliver (The Women’s Foundation of Greater Kansas City) Dawn Oliver is the Executive Director at The Women’s Foundation of Greater Kansas City. She has more than 30 years of experience working with nonprofits in the community, including her previous role as the Director of Development for the ALS Association Keith Worthington Chapter and work in development for the KU Endowment Association and Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri. Thursday at 1:45 PM.

Joseph Keefe (President and Chief Executive Officer, Pax World Management LLC) Under Joseph Keefe’s leadership, Pax World has become a leading innovator and asset manager in the rapidly growing field of Sustainable Investing – the full integration of environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors into investment analysis and decision making. He was named one of the “100 Most Influential People in Business Ethics” by Ethisphere Magazine and serves as Co-Chair of the Carbon Coalition. Friday at 4:00 PM.

Michele Ozumba (Chief Program Officer, Women’s Funding Network) In May, Michele Ozumba will be joining Women’s Funding Network as Chief Program Officer. For the past 10 years, Michele served as President and CEO of the Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention (G-CAPP). Previous experience includes serving as the Director of the Office of Adolescent Health at the Georgia Division of Public Health and 12 years as a lecturer in Urban Planning at the University of Nigeria. Thursday at 10:00 AM.

Helen LaKelly Hunt (Founder and President, The Sister Fund and Founding Chair of Women Moving Millions Campaign) Helen LaKelly Hunt is founder and president of The Sister Fund, a private women’s fund dedicated to the social, political, economic, and spiritual empowerment of women and girls. A women’s funding activist for over 25 years, Helen is an inductee in the National Women’s Hall of Fame and catalyzed the Women Moving Millions initiative along with her sister, Swanee Hunt. Thursday at 1:45 PM.

Toshi Reagon (Singer, Songwriter and Guitarist) Described by Vibe magazine as “one helluva rock’n’roller-coaster ride,” Toshi Reagon is a one-woman celebration of all that’s dynamic, progressive and uplifting in American music. A versatile singer-songwriter-guitarist, Toshi has collaborated with top entertainment innovators for 30 years and moves audiences with her big-hearted approach to rock, blues, R&B, country, folk, spirituals and funk. Proudest performances include godfather Pete Seeger’s Madison Square Garden benefit and a White House music tribute. Thursday at 6:00 PM.

Toni Lalich (Pianist) Toni Lalich is an Australian pianist who has accompanied students and professional singers and instrumentalists in Melbourne, Victoria, for the past 18 years. Toni studied at the Franz Liszt Academy and the Victorian College of the Arts. She has recently worked as repetiteur with the premiere production of “Pecan Summer” by Deborah Cheetham, Australia’s first Indigenous Opera production. Friday at 12:00 PM. Jensine Larsen (Founder, World Pulse) As a young journalist in Burma and the Amazon, Jensine Larsen discovered that some of the world’s most important stories are rarely mentioned in the mass media. Through her determination and persistence to reach out and connect, she became a new voice in global media. Touring around the world, she has appeared on NPR and Air America, presented keynotes at major corporations, universities and world forums, and has authored articles in international publications. Thursday at 11:00 AM. Francine LeFrak (Founder, SAME SKY and CEO of Francine LeFrak Foundation) Francine LeFrak has captivated audiences with Tony award-winning Broadway productions and Emmy and Peabody Award-winning films hailed for putting a human face on important social issues. She founded SAME SKY in 2008, a trade-not-aid initiative that empowers HIV-positive women in Rwanda to become entrepreneurs and lead self-sustaining lives. Her numerous awards include the Women Together Award from the United Nations and the Ellis Island Medal of Honor. Thursday at 10:00 AM.

Nicole Regalado (Network Relations Manager, Women’s Funding Network) Nicole Regalado is the Network Relations Manager for Women’s Funding Network. She is a 2010 American Express Fellow for “Building the Next Generation of Women Leaders in the Non-Profit Sector,” a cohort of the National Council for Research on Women. Her passions lie in the intersection between art and social justice with a special interest in Afrobeat music and post-colonial movements and Himalayan Buddhist Art and Architecture. Thursday at 1:00 PM. Amanda Rose (Founder, Connect the Dots Foundation and Twestival) Amanda Rose founded Connect the Dots Foundation in 2009 to craft fresh global campaigns and initiatives that use technology to connect people offline for a good cause. She is also the founder and architect of Twestival, an international volunteer effort to use social media like Twitter to raise money for important causes, such as health and education. Saturday at 8:30 AM. Tuti B. Scott (President and Founder, Imagine Philanthropy) Tuti Scott serves as President and Founder of Imagine Philanthropy where she offers strategic counsel to organizations and their leadership. As a “spiritual jock”, Tuti has elevated conversations in the funding movement around health, movement, branding, and personal excellence. Using her experiences as a coach, athlete, fundraiser, and philanthropist, Tuti is a high energy speaker and facilitator. Thursday at 1:45 PM.

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FEATURED SPEAKERS AND PERFORMERS ElIzABETH SEJA MIN (Seja Min Strategy by Design) As Women’s Funding Network’s Senior Design Fellow, Elizabeth Seja Min is conducting a six-month project to scale up capacity across the network. Elizabeth has worked with women’s funds as a consultant, facilitator, trainer and executive coach and with leaders and teams in the broader social sector to extend their reach and influence, igniting creativity and innovation due to her many years as a professional musician, conductor and producer. Saturday at 8:30 AM.

JACkIE vANdERBRuG (Managing Director, Criterion Ventures) As Managing Director of Criterion Ventures, Jackie VanderBrug leads major initiatives in various areas of social change, including her current focus, “women, fish and church.” Her background includes public (U.S. Congress), for-profit (strategy consulting and telecom start up) and nonprofit (first generation college students) work. Jackie was part of the founding team for Good Capital and Students for Responsible Business (now Net Impact). Friday at 4:00 PM.

dONNA SIMS wIlSON (Executive Vice President, CastleOak Securities, L.P.)

JACkI zEHNER (President, The Jacquelyn and Gregory Zehner Foundation) Jacki Zehner was the youngest woman and first female trader invited into the partnership of Goldman Sachs in 1996. In 2002, she became a founding partner of Circle Financial Group, a private wealth management operation of a small group of women committed to effectively managing their families’ philanthropic activities. Jacki is Co-Chair of Women Moving Millions, Vice-Chair of Women’s Funding Network and President of the Jacquelyn and Gregory Zehner Foundation. Friday at 4:00 PM.

Donna Sims Wilson is Executive Vice President of CastleOak Securities, L.P., a leading New York-based boutique investment bank. She is responsible for helping to drive revenue growth and for overseeing new business generation across the firm’s various business lines. Donna has over 25 years of experience in equity sales, corporate finance and mortgage finance. Friday at 4:00 PM. EllEN SPRENGER (Executive Coach and Founder, Spring Strategies) Ellen Sprenger is the founder of Spring Strategies and works to strengthen social justice and human rights leaders, organizations, movements and foundations through executive coaching, strategic planning, future scenarios, leadership development, organizational transformation and financial sustainability. Ellen was the executive director of Mama Cash (2001-2004), has held several leadership positions at Oxfam Novib, and currently is the chair of Women Win Foundation. Thursday at 1:00 PM. BECkY SYkES (Executive Director, Dallas Women’s Foundation) Becky Sykes has served as the President & CEO of the Dallas Women’s Foundation since 1999, now one of the largest women’s foundations in the network. The foundation grants out more than $2 million annually to local programs that benefit women and girls. Becky was the founding chair of the foundation and her many recognitions include the Athena Award from the Dallas Regional Chamber. Friday at 9:15 AM. lAuRIE TAYlOR (Performer, Urban Bush Women) Laurie Taylor is a New York based dancer/choreographer who has performed in a variety of repertory and choreographic projects by master artists such as Jawole Willa Jo Zollar of Urban Bush Women, a group that seeks to bring the untold and under-told histories and stories of disenfranchised people to light through dance. Other partnerships include the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and the Toronto Dance Theatre. Friday at 9:15 AM.




Women’s Funding Network would like to extend our warmest gratitude to the individuals and groups who, through their support and vision, made the 2011 conference a success. Special Thanks to All of Our Sponsors

Local Host Committee


Thank you to our 2011 Presenting Sponsors for their generous support and leadership. We would also like to recognize all of our sponsors’ commitment to empower women and girls worldwide through their support of this event.

We are especially grateful for the support of the staff of our local host committee:

The Lambent Foundation provided support for Women’s Funding Network’s 2011 Annual Conference to elevate the role of artists, art and culture as a grantmaking strategy for social justice movement building.

Presenting • J.P. Morgan • Southwest Airlines • Bank of America Merrill Lynch • American Express Travel Gold • Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women • Majora Carter Group • Ms. Foundation for Women • New York Women’s Foundation Silver • Pax World Investments

• Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice • EILEEN FISHER • Equality Now • Global Fund for Women • Hadassah Foundation • International Women’s Health Coalition • The Jewish Women’s Foundation of New York • Long Island Fund for Women and Girls • Ms. Foundation for Women • National Council of Churches in the USA • New York Women’s Foundation • The Sister Fund • Third Wave Foundation • The White House Project • Women’s Sports Foundation

A special thanks to National Council for Research on Women and the many representatives from member funds who throughout the year shared their vision and ideas to help shape the program theme and content. Audio Visual • BAV Services ( Graphic Design • Schaaf Design ( Logistics and Photography • Donna Valentine and Jon Wollenhaupt, Excel Meetings and Events ( Program Management Consultants • Amy M. Zucchero ( • Amy Moy ( Stage Production • Annie McGuire Productions (

Bronze • Care2

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8:00AM – 8:00PM

REGISTRATION OPEN (Registration Desk)

7:00AM – 6:30PM

REGISTRATION OPEN (Registration Desk)

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7:30AM – 9:00AM


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10:00AM – 6:30PM


7:30AM – 9:00AM

GENERAL NETWORKING BREAKFAST (Salon F and Grand Ballroom Foyer)

12:00PM – 2:00PM


9:15AM – 11:15AM

PLENARY 5 (Grand Ballroom A-E)

11:15AM – 12:00PM

BREAK (Grand Ballroom Foyer)

1:00PM – 5:00PM


12:00PM – 1:30PM

PLENARY 6 (Grand Ballroom A-E)

1:30PM – 2:00PM

BREAK (Grand Ballroom Foyer)

2:00PM – 3:30PM

WORKSHOP 7 (Whitman)

3:30PM – 4:00PM

BREAK (Grand Ballroom Foyer)

4:00PM – 5:30PM

PLENARY 7 (Grand Ballroom A-E)

6:00PM – 8:00PM


THURSDAY, APRIL 7, 2011 7:00AM – 6:30PM

REGISTRATION OPEN (Registration Desk)

8:30AM – 9:30AM

PLENARY 1 (Grand Ballroom A-E)

9:30AM – 12:45PM


10:00AM – 12:45PM

WE INNOVATE. (On-site, Salons F-I)

10:00AM – 10:45AM

SESSION 1 (Salons F & G)

11:00AM – 11:45AM

SESSION 2 (Salons F & G)

12:00PM – 12:45PM

SESSION 3 (Salons H-I)

12:45PM – 1:00PM

LUNCH (Grand Ballroom Foyer)

1:00PM – 1:45PM

SATURDAY, APRIL 9, 2011 7:00AM – 12:00PM

REGISTRATION OPEN (Registration Desk)

7:00AM – 7:45AM


PLENARY 2 (Grand Ballroom A-E)

7:45AM – 8:30AM


1:45PM – 2:45PM

PLENARY 3 (Grand Ballroom A-E)

8:00AM – 8:30AM


2:45PM – 3:15PM

PLENARY 4 (Grand Ballroom A-E)

8:30AM – 10:00AM

PLENARY 8 (Grand Ballroom A-E)

3:15PM – 3:45PM


10:00AM – 10:15AM

BREAK (Grand Ballroom Foyer)

3:45PM – 5:15PM


10:15AM – 11:30AM


6:00PM – 7:30PM

LOCAL HOST WELCOME RECEPTION (galapagos art space)

11:30AM – 11:45AM

BREAK (Grand Ballroom Foyer)

11:45AM – 12:15PM

CLOSING KEYNOTE (Grand Ballroom A-E)

12:15PM – 1:00PM


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The Power of Global Networks 2011 Conference Program  

Program for Women's Funding Network's 2011 annual conference held in Brooklyn, NY, April 7-9.