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Summit: New York

Women and girls’ economic security summit, New York City, July 14 – 15, 2016




Join in the dialogue with women’s foundations and leading funders of gender equity as we dig deep into strategies for advancing women and girls’ economic security. Discover what initiatives are working, explore the current funding landscape, and leverage the opportunities for cross-sector collaboration.


“The summit in New Orleans was incredible. The most applicable, ready-to-move-into-action-ideas-brought-back-and-shared-immediately conference ever attended. Focused, intentional, deep dive, subject expertise … thank you!”

—Nichole Dunn, CEO, Women’s Fund of Central Ohio


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Summit resources

Summit attendees are invited to completed our Policy Advocacy Survey.

Read reports mentioned by summit speakers on our Reports and Resources page.



DAY  1: Thursday, July 14

1:15 – 1:50 pm: Summit registration open (Greenberg Lounge in Vanderbilt Hall) – Please allow at least 15 minutes to get through security and to complete registration. Summit begins promptly at 2:00 pm. 

2:00 pm – 5:45 pm: Summit program (Greenberg Lounge in Vanderbilt Hall)

5:45 – 6:45 pm: Evening reception (Terrace in Vanderbilt Hall)

DAY  2: Friday, July 15

7:15 – 8:15 am: Breakfast

8:30 – 5:30 am: Summit program (Greenberg Lounge in Vanderbilt Hall)

5:30 pm: Summit concludes


Summit Location

Women’s Funding Network is partnering with International Human Rights Funders Group (IHRFG) and the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice to host our summit at NYU School of Law immediately following the conclusion of the IHRFG New York conference. The IHRFG conference runs July 12–14. The Women’s Funding Network summit will begin at 2 pm on July 14 immediately following the conclusion of the IHRFG conference.


NYU School of Law

Greenberg Lounge in Vanderbilt Hall

40 Washington Square South (West 4th Street)

New York, NY 10012


Vanderbilt Hall is located at 40 Washington Square South (West 4th Street), between MacDougal and Sullivan Streets.

Please bring I.D. with you, as you will need to check in at security.



As Summit: New York will be held at the NYU School of Law, there are no on-site rooms available and we do not have an affiliated hotel.


Washington Square Hotel

Women’s Funding Network has secured a limited number of reduced-rate rooms at nearby Washington Square Hotel (approx. 5 min walk). The rate is $185/night for a ‘superior queen’ room.

Limited number available. Must be booked by June 15. – ROOM BLOCK FULL


Nearby Hotel Options

Click here to view a list of suggested hotel options or check out this map. Please note that the rates listed are approximate and are not guaranteed by Women’s Funding Network. These rates may change without notice based on availability.





Women’s Funding Network members receive two complimentary tickets to Summit: New York and unlimited member-rate tickets ($200)—these can be used for staff, board, or donors (please indicate member organization affiliation as part of registration). Find out more about membership.



You do not need to be a Women’s Funding Network member to attend; however, this is an event limited to funders of gender equity. Please select the non-member ticket when registering ($300).


Registration includes breakfast, lunch, and snacks during the summit.



View full program.

Key summit focus areas:

  • The corporate approach to advancing women’s economic security and the opportunities for cross-sector partnership.
  • Deep dive into the two-generation approach to eliminating poverty—practical strategies on how to program, measure, fund, and collaborate.
  • Women’s wealth gap: looking at economic security across the economic spectrum through the lens of asset building.
  • Exploring the intersection of girls, race, and economic security in grantmaking—chat with those working in this space and see what strategies could be applicable to your work.
  • Fostering partnerships between the women’s and LGBTQ philanthropic communities to secure economic justice for all.
  • Advancing collective action on pay equity. Featuring executive directors from women’s foundations leading the way in policy advocacy to advance pay equity in their states along with an action plan to take back to your community.
  • Ideas Exchange: roundtable dialogue between funders on issues ranging from gender-lens investing to engaging men, so as to share learnings and form plans that advance women and girls’ economic security.


Featured speakers:

(Alphabetical by first name)

  • Ana Oliveira, President & CEO, New York Women’s Foundation
  • Barbara Gault, Vice President and Executive Director, Institute for Women’s Policy Research
  • Carol Penick, Executive Director, Women’s Foundation of Mississippi
  • Cynthia Nimmo, CEO, Women’s Funding Network
  • Desiree Flores, U.S. Social Justice Program Director, Arcus Foundation
  • Elena Chávez Quezada, Sr. Program Officer, Walter and Elise Haas Fund and Steering Committee Member, Asset Funders Network
  • Elizabeth Barajas-Román, CEO, Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts
  • Florence Tercier Holst-Roness, Director, Issues Affecting Women Programme, Oak Foundation
  • Françoise Girard, WFN Board Member and President, International Women’s Health Coalition
  • Heather McCulloch, Founder, Asset Building Strategies and Director, Closing the Women’s Wealth Gap Initiative
  • Heidi Hartmann, President, Institute for Women’s Policy Research
  • Jennifer Lockwood-Shabat, President & CEO, Washington Area Women’s Foundation
  • Kilolo Kijakazi, Institute Fellow and Director, Integrated Financial Coaching Project, Urban Institute
  • Laura García, Executive Director, Semillas
  • Margaret Coady, Executive Director, Corporate Social Responsibility and Coach Foundation, Coach, Inc.
  • Melanie Schnoll Begun, Managing Director, Head of Philanthropy Management, Morgan Stanley
  • Paula Sammons, Program Officer, Family Economic Security, W. K. Kellogg Foundation
  • Puja Dhawan, Director, Initiative to End Violence Against Girls and Women, NoVo Foundation
  • Renée Joslyn, Director of Girls and Women Integration, Clinton Global Initiative
  • Rye Young, Executive Director, Third Wave Fund
  • Sarah Haight, Assistant Director for the Ascend Network and Outreach, The Aspen Institute
  • Sheri L. Scavone, Executive Director, WNY Women’s Foundation
  • Stephenie Foster, Senior Advisor and Counselor to the Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues, U.S. Department of State
  • Surina Khan, CEO, Women’s Foundation of California
  • Wendy Davis, Founder, Deeds Not Words and Former Texas State Senator

View speaker biographies



“We sent four people to the NOLA Summit because we find this forum of such tremendous value. This was the most valuable gathering yet – such depth and focus. The information and the networking provided at the WFN events are extraordinarily valuable.”

—Becky Hallowell, President, Women’s Fund of Essex County


“WFN has been excellent for me as I entered the nonprofit/women’s fund world only recently.  So many women’s fund executive directors have been mentors to me, held my hand/listened to my complaints, done Bd. training, advised me on grants, staff, and fundraising, and encouraged me as we grow.”

—Jeanne Jackson, President and CEO, Women’s Fund of Greater Birmingham


“Great presentations. I appreciated the data and knowledge that was shared. The break-out discussions were also valuable.”

—Summit: New Orleans attendee


“I loved hearing the two generation strategies of other women’s funds.”

—Summit: New Orleans attendee


“This was my first WFN event. I found it to be very inspirational, educational, thought-provoking, and motivating! I hope we’ll be able to take some action based on what we’ve learned. Thank You!”

—Summit: New Orleans attendee


Sponsors & Partners

Women’s Funding Network is grateful for the support of our Summit sponsors and partners who share our vision that a better world for women and girls is a better world for all. 

kellogg        Hewlett Foundation

  Women's Foundation of Minnesota         Global Fund for Women      New York Women's Foundation

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