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How WFN Inspired SF’s Monthly Gender Breakfast

The Women’s Funding Network’s biennual conference is more than a collection of workshops, panels, and keynote addresses. Women Funded is a unique event because of the people we get in the room. When funders and advocates of gender equity come together, powerful collaborations begin and real change begins to happen.

The Gender Breakfast, a monthly gathering of gender professionals and advocates in the San Francisco Bay Area, is an example of such collaboration. Shruthi Jayaram and Lucina Di Meco met at Women Funded 2017 and decided that, together, they would create and host the Gender Breakfast series. These meetings are a chance for gender professionals to network and have a themed discussion led by an expert. To learn more about how Women Funded inspired this initiative, we went straight to the source and talked to Shruthi and Lucina.

Photo: Lucina Di Meco and Shruthi Jayaram 

Tell us more about yourselves and what brought you to Women Funded 2017.

Lucina: I’m a senior gender equality expert and women’s rights advocate, currently serving as Director of Girls’ Education at Room to Read and Global Fellow at The Wilson Center. Having just moved to San Francisco from the East Coast, I was thrilled to attend a conference and get to know like-minded professionals in Bay Area! That conference ended up being for me quite momentous, as I met Shruthi there. Right away, we started talking about our shared yearning for a community of gender equality experts in the Bay Area. A few weeks later, we co-founded The Gender Breakfast.

Shruthi: I’m a Senior Project Manager at Dalberg Advisors, a strategy consulting firm dedicated to global justice and social impact.  At Dalberg, I advise clients and develop strategies to increase women’s economic empowerment and shift deep-seated gendered norms and attitudes (e.g., around women’s role in the home and in caregiving). I moved to San Francisco in 2017 and like Lucina, came to WFN 2017 to meet like-minded gender equality advocates.   

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Why SF will be the Epicenter of the Women’s Movement this September

We recently sat down with Women’s Funding Network President & CEO Cynthia Nimmo to hear more about the organization’s upcoming Women Funded 2019: Leadership for a Changing World conference, which will take place in San Francisco, September 11-13.

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Women’s Funding Network Corporate Spotlight – Equal Pay

In our monthly series, Women’s Funding Network Corporate Spotlight, we take a deeper look at corporations making strides in advancing gender equity, women’s economic security, and women’s leadership. From increasing the number of women on corporate boards and C-level positions to releasing company-wide pay data, committing to transparency in reporting workplace sexual harassment and contributing to the increase of philanthropic funding to women and girls globally, we strive to spotlight those in the private sector who are moving the needle to a more equitable world. Our hope is that this list calls attention to organizations who are accelerating momentum both in their own workforce as well as outside of it in order to inspire change in others.

Our intention is to recognize efforts and initiatives led by companies who create impact. We monitor and rely on data and reports originally released by Bloomberg, Forbes, Equileap and many others.

The companies featured this month have either successfully closed their wage gap or are taking dedicated steps and initiatives to close their wage gaps.

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Women’s Funding Network Corporate Spotlight

In our monthly series, Women’s Funding Network Corporate Spotlight, we take a deeper look at corporations making strides in advancing gender equity, women’s economic security, and women’s leadership. From increasing the number of women on corporate boards and C-level positions to releasing company-wide pay data, committing to transparency in reporting workplace sexual harassment and contributing to the increase of philanthropic funding to women and girls globally, we strive to spotlight those in the private sector who are moving the needle to a more equitable world. Our hope is that this list calls attention to organizations who are accelerating momentum both in their own workforce as well as outside of it in order to inspire change in others.

Our intention is to recognize efforts and initiatives led by companies who create impact. We monitor and rely on data and reports originally released by Bloomberg, Forbes, Equileap and many others.

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Creating Impact Through Gender Lens Investing (GLI)

This webinar took place on March 5, 2019. To watch a recording of this webinar, please click here. You will be asked to enter your name and email address. 

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Welcome New Board Members

We are proud to welcome to our Board of Directors a group of five women who have dedicated their careers to the advancement of women and girls. Our new Board members represent the best of this network: bold leadership and the coming together of diverse voices from various industries in support of gender equity.

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Generations of Strong Women: Reflections on the Women’s Funding Network Summit from a Young Intern

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Ann Smithson, Intern at the Women’s Foundation of Mississippi

As an intern with the Women’s Foundation of Mississippi, I was given the opportunity to attend the Women’s Funding Network Summit in New York City with my boss and mentor Carol Penick. Initially, I was unsure of what to expect and slightly overwhelmed at the prospect of meeting so many incredible women. My fears, however, quickly disappeared once I arrived. Read More

Where Preparation Meets Opportunity: Getting the 100K Grant

One declined proposal, a chance meeting at a summit, a few long discussions, et voila:

“Congratulations! The board of the Coca-Cola Foundation has awarded the Jeannette Rankin Women’s Scholarship Fund a grant of $100,000 to support the Empowering Women Through Education program.”

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