Photo by Chris TaggartA year ago, a powerhouse of women stood in the same room. They came together to reconnect with old classmates, support the newest generation of Fordham women, and talk about the power of women in philanthropy. Together, they raised almost half a million dollars.
And next month, it’s happening again.
Fordham’s second annual Women’s Philanthropy Summit will be held on Oct. 24. It’s an all-day affair at the Lincoln Center campus, beginning before 9 a.m. with a student speaker and and ending with a 5:30 p.m. networking reception. There will be three keynote speakers: Harriet Edelman, GABELLI ’80, Vice Chair of Emigrant Savings Bank; Kirsten Swinth, Ph.D., an associate history professor at Fordham and author of the forthcoming Feminism’s Forgotten Fight: The Unfinished Struggle for Work and Family; and Anne Williams-Isom, FCLC ’86, CEO of the Harlem Children’s Zone and a staunch advocate for quality education in communities of color. Drawing on their own success, they will be sharing personal stories and advice on how women can use their time, talent, and money to make a difference.
In between keynotes, attendees can attend panel discussions that deal with women in the workplace and in philanthropy. They’ll hear success stories from accomplished women, learn how to be leaders, figure out how to balance work and life from their early twenties to retirement, become comfortable with speaking freely about finances, and understand how to make philanthropy meaningful.
“Women want to trust, to form a relationship, to have a conversation, to really understand the story and the purpose and the outcome of what their giving is for,” said Mary Lou Quinlan, GABELLI ’82, a keynote speaker who spoke in advance of last year’s summit. “It’s about being part of a community and understanding how we, uniquely and collaboratively, can have a real effect.”