FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 10, 2019
Contact: Sandy McCullough, WRWF Board Member, Communications Committee Chair
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Wood River Women’s Foundation Announces Nationally Renowned Women’s Advocate to Speak at Annual Education Forum on Feb. 7, 2019
(Ketchum, ID) – The Wood River Women’s Foundation (WRWF) is pleased to announce that the speaker for its annual Winter Education Forum will be Teresa C. Younger, President and CEO of the Ms. Foundation for Women. Founded in 1973 by a handful of women including Gloria Steinem and Marlo Thomas, the Ms. Foundation for Women is the first and oldest women’s foundation in the U.S. and is focused on building women’s collective power.
“We are extremely pleased WRWF has been able to bring such a renowned and inspiring leader to our community. Ms. Younger will speak to us about the vast and varied possibilities of the power of women working together in order to better this world,” said Peggy Grove, Ph.D., President of the WRWF. “Ms. Younger has, for the past 20 years, been in the vanguard of some of the most critical issues affecting women and their communities and in her talk will address how each and every one of us can make a difference here and now.”
Ms. Younger is a nationally recognized thought leader, strategist, advocate and amplifier on issues affecting the lives of women. She has been named one of the “50 Most Powerful Women in Philanthropy” by Inside Philanthropy, and her contributions and expertise to the nonprofit and social justice arenas are widely recognized. She is a regular presence in the national media including NPR, USA Today, New York Times, MSNBC, Elle Magazine and more.
“My talk, “Be The Kind of Woman . . .” will inspire and challenge listeners to start each day recognizing the power and possibility it holds,” said Ms. Younger. “Both the Wood River Women’s Foundation and the Ms. Foundation for Women are fully focused on making a collective impact in our communities. I look forward to sharing stories of the important influence women wield when we are working together.”
For 45 years the Ms. Foundation for Women has been at the forefront of the critical social, cultural and political actions that have built and defined the collective power of women in the U.S. today. Under Ms. Younger’s leadership, the Foundation launched #MyFeminismIs, a multimedia campaign sparking a national conversation on feminism; 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 led a campaign to hold the NFL accountable for violence against women. Most recently, Ms. Younger led the development of the Ms. Foundation’s bold new strategic plan, in which the organization has chosen to challenge the philanthropic sector to invest in women and girls of color.
The WRWF Winter Education Forum is an annual event intended to raise its members’ collective giving expertise, and to further its work of creating a culture of philanthropy among the membership and throughout the Wood River Valley.
This year’s Forum will be held on Feb. 7, at The Community Library in Ketchum, from 6:00 to 7:30 PM. It is open to the public and there is no charge.