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Summit: New Orleans Overview

Advancing women’s economic security.


Summit: New Orleans

“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



On March 29th and 30th 2016, 85 leaders from women’s foundations and funders of gender equity came together to dig deep into strategies for advancing women’s economic security.

Together, we discussed what initiatives are working, explored the current funding landscape, and took the opportunity to leverage cross-sector collaboration.

“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

The summit featured keynotes from Paula R. Sammons, W. K. Kellogg Foundation, and Anne Mosle, Aspen Institute, alongside dialogue with corporate foundations advancing the work, including Dotti Hatcher, Gap Inc., Linda W. Brigham, The Coca-Cola Company, and Marissa Wesely, Win-Win Coalition.

We gathered in intimate Ideas Exchange sessions on, for example, gender-lens investing, board engagement, and corporate partnership, and listened as women’s foundation leaders shared innovative strategies for eliminating poverty, advancing financial literacy, and securing the economic rights of women and girls through the U.S. and globally.

View Summit: New Orleans Program


DAY 1: March 29

8:00 – 8:50 am: Breakfast

9:00 am – 5:00 pm: Summit program

5:30 – 6:30 pm: Evening reception

DAY 2: March 30

7:15 – 8:15 am: Breakfast

8:30 – 11:00 am: Summit program

11:00 am: Summit concludes


Renaissance New Orleans Arts Hotel
700 Tchoupitoulas Street
New Orleans, LA

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On-site parking is valet only. $42.56/night per vehicle (tax included)

Member and non-member tickets are available through Eventbrite.
Registration includes breakfast, lunch, and snacks.

Summit Sponsors

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

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“An intense ‘crash course’ in not just the national and international issues negatively impacting women, but also innovative solutions.”

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


“The convening spaces with other women’s funds hosted by the network have been extremely important to evolve into new strategies to support the women’s movement.”

—Laura Garcia, Executive Director, Semillas


“Every year we come back with new connections, fantastic ideas to use as models, new and renewed friendships, and the energy to keep going.”

—Carol Penick, Executive Director, Women’s Foundation of Mississippi