On March 18, the Women's Fund of Western Massachusetts will be celebrating over two decades of boldly transforming Western MA through investments in women and girls. The Vivid Vocal Visionary celebration at Tower Square Hotel in Springfield from 5PM to 8PM, will be a triumphant high-five to the women who founded the organization and will include a talk-show style conversation with renowned advocate Teresa Younger, CEO and President of Ms. Foundation for Women.
In 1995, while attending the International Women’s Conference in Beijing, China, Dianne Fuller Doherty, Sally Livingston, and Martha Richards envisioned a local organization that would assist women in finding their voices and help forge a path to the committees, board rooms, political posts, and other centers of power where decisions are made.
Dianne Fuller Doherty remembers “The theme of the conference was ‘Seeing the World Through Women’s Eyes’, but to me the message of the conference was about the distribution of wealth and the inequity in that. We decided that the conference was so powerful that we had to come home and do something with the energy and inspiration that we achieved from the women’s conference.”
With a mission to raise funds and fuel progress toward gender equity, the Women's Fund founders opened doors for women in Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden, and Hampshire counties.
We will honor the Women's Fund founders and founding executive director, Kristi Nelson, at the Vivid Vocal Visionary event; sure to be a powerful evening of inspirational women, moving stories, reunions, and laughter.
The event begins at 5PM with a cocktail reception followed by dinner and the program at 6PM.
Guest speaker, Teresa Younger, has spent over 20 years on the frontlines of some of the most critical battles affecting the lives of women and their communities. Under Ms. Younger’s leadership, Ms. Foundation has funded a groundbreaking report on the sexual abuse to prison pipeline; joined leading women’s foundations at the White House (under the Obama Administration) to announce a $100 million funding commitment to create pathways to economic opportunity for low-income women and girls; and most recently, created a strategic plan to challenge the philanthropic sector around how women, particularly women and girls of color, are being invested in.
Individual tickets are $125 and can be purchased at www.mywomensfund.org. Proceeds from the event support Women’s Fund impact training programs the Leadership Institute for Political and Public Impact (LIPPI) and the Young Women’s Initiative (YWI), as well as our Western MA grantmaking program.
The Women’s Fund is the leading philanthropic organization serving the needs of local women and girls in Western Massachusetts. Through grantmaking, we invest in local organizations working toward gender equity and empowerment. Our programs, LIPPI and YWI, are designed to respond to the shortage of women stepping into leadership position at all levels and to present girls and young women with leadership opportunities of their own.
The Women’s Fund is supported by corporate underwriters: Baystate Health Inc., Business West, Cardinale Design, and DESCO.