Summit Celebrates and Encourages Ohio Women in Philanthropy

January 26, 2015 at 12:08 pm Leave a comment

headshot of suzanne allenI am so pleased to share news of an exciting event Philanthropy Ohio is a part of – The Women in Philanthropy Summit – and its genesis was pure serendipity.

Last summer, in a conversation with Nichole Dunn, president and CEO of the Central Ohio Women’s Fund, I mentioned my personal goal to convene a group of leaders from Ohio funders – independent and community foundations, United Ways and other grantmakers – that fund issues related to women and girls: I wanted to create a place where they could talk and share. As it happened, Nicole was having the same conversations with Dr. Kathy Krendl, president of Otterbein University, who was working with the fairly new female presidents of Bowling Green State University and The University of Findlay to raise awareness of the vital role that women play in philanthropy.

The three universities were in the second year of a three-year initiative where each school hosts a summit to educate and empower women of different generations, from high school students to women serving in senior leadership positions.

We all met, agreed on common goals and began planning an event I’d been thinking about for a long time. A fabulous team emerged and we developed the Women in Philanthropy Summit: Investing in Women for the Common Good, to be held on Otterbein University’s campus, March 3 – 4, 2015.

This collaboration is bigger than my original idea of women funders and philanthropists coming together. And, it is better. The planning team agreed that the conversation would not be complete unless it included a seat at the proverbial “philanthropic table” for all ages of interested women (and men.) Through a generous scholarship, registration fees for high school and college students are covered. (Fees for non-students are $35 for both days or $25 per day.)

The scholarships are possible due to the generous support not only from the three universities, but also from The Women’s Fund of Central Ohio, Philanthropy Ohio, The Benefactor Group, The Nord Family Foundation, Cardinal Health and The Columbus Foundation.

I am delighted with the agenda, which includes roundtables, panel discussions, a world café and networking opportunities, all featuring women leaders from around the state. Not only will we have opportunities for statewide women’s funding groups to talk about their important work, we also have two incredible women as keynote speakers.

musimbi_kanyoro headshotThe Tuesday afternoon keynote speaker is Dr. Musimbi Kanyoro, president and CEO of the Global Fund for Women. Dr. Musimbi Kanyoro is a passionate advocate for women and girls’ health and human rights and social change philanthropy. She is an accomplished leader with three decades of experience managing international non-governmental organizations, global programs and ecumenical agencies in cross-cultural contexts.

katie_koch headshotOn Wednesday, Katie Koch, senior portfolio strategist and chief of staff for the Goldman Sachs Asset Management Office of the Chairman, United Kingdom, provides the keynote address. Hired by Goldman Sachs straight out of university, Koch has been with the firm for nine years and, under her leadership, the team more than tripled equity fund assets under management from $1.6 billion to $5.1 billion.

I hope you’ll join me at the Women in Philanthropy Summit: Investing in Women for the Common Good. And I hope you’ll share the information about this event within your sphere of influence. Do plan to attend and bring someone who will also benefit from the collaborative work and thoughtful conversations.

Call me if you’d like more information or you can register for the summit online.

I’ll see you there!

suzanne signed in blue ink
Suzanne T. Allen, Ph.D.

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