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Women Funded: 2017

September 6 – 8, 2017, San Francisco


For more than 30 years, Women’s Funding Network’s global conference has brought together hundreds of women leaders from around the world—united to advance women and girls’ rights. Over three days, they explore latest research and data, debate new ideas and innovative thinking, and share investment strategies and programs that work.

Our conference attendees are changing the future for women and girls.

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Women’s Funding Network members and the women’s philanthropic community are invited to submit session proposals for Women Funded: 2017.

For the first time, we’re also inviting you to vote on your favorite session idea via an innovative new online tool called Waggl. Session space is limited, so be sure to vote on your favorite ideas to increase the chance of them being selected (or vote for your own idea!).


  • Write a short ~100 word description of your idea—remember to include speaker suggestions to increase the chance of people voting for it!
  • Submit your idea by Feb 28, 2017.
  • Vote! The Waggl tool presents you two ideas at a time, so that you can quickly and easily select the idea you prefer. It mixes the ideas up in random order, so keep voting to provide feedback on all the ideas. Voting closes March 31, 2017.
  • Check back regularly to see new ideas and vote on them!



Dates: September 6 – 8, 2017

Location: San Francisco, CA

Participants will engage in over 30 sessions—including leading industry keynotes and in-depth workshops—designed to provide a macro-level view of new trends in philanthropy, current data about women and girls, and best practice. Curated side events provide valuable networking opportunities.

Key themes:

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Women’s Funding Network members receive heavily discounted conference registration rates, along with unique opportunities to highlight their work on a global stage. Find out more about membership.



In 2015, over 350 people across private and public sectors attended Paths to Equity: Innovative Philanthropy for Women and Girls—93% of surveyed attendees found the conference highly valuable to their work.

2015 Attendees included:

  • Board, executive, and staff from over 100 women’s foundations from around the world
  • High-net-worth philanthropists
  • Corporations sending delegates to expand diversity and inclusivity initiatives both internally and within the communities they serve
  • Community-based gender equity advocates and influencers
  • Comcast NBC (media partner – filmed “Newsmakers” segments on-site with keynote speakers)
  • United Nations Population Fund
  • Girl Up, United Nations Foundation
  • The World Bank
  • Executive staff from the Office of the First Lady
  • US Department of Health and Human Services


2015 Conference Testimonials

“I was so impressed with the panels and the breadth of experience and depth of commitment represented by the women in attendance.”

—Michelle Kristel, Partner, McCormack+Kristel (2015 conference sponsor)


“I am beyond words to express how amazing the conference was, every detail carried out to perfection. Impressive content and speakers, flawless program design, the fun and lively atmosphere and engaging opportunities to connect and learn.”

—Sharmila Rao Thakkar, MPH, MPA, Executive Director, The Siragusa Foundation (private family foundation)


“The conference was a huge success—full of strengthened relationships, collaboration, inspiration, and tangible new partnerships. Thank you for being so committed to including millennials.”

—Jackie Rotman, Former Executive Director, SPARK (philanthropic network of young professionals)


“Women’s foundations are the real deal. Thank you for holding this conference. I get so much out of it every year”

 —Reisa Brafman, Social Consciousness Leader of Community Partnerships and Women’s Initiatives, EILEEN FISHER



“One of the outcomes of the conference for MONES is that we are organizing a “Women’s Rights Database Fair”, an event that is aiming at creating a space for exchange of data, reports, publications. This is one of the key messages that I got during the WFN conference last October, “data is essential, quality data is a weapon, we must use it.”
—Bolor Legjeem, Women’s Fund of Mongolia (MONES) (international women’s foundation)