Three Thursdays: April 25, May 2, May 9, 2024

Women Together CIRCLES: Feminist Funding—Powerful Gifts That Change the World

moderated by Antoinette Klatzky

with leaders from the Women’s Funding Network

“I truly believe the world is on the precipice of change.
In what feels like our darkest hour, we see rays of hope
 and the promise of a brighter future.” 

—Elizabeth Barajas-Román, President & CEO of Women’s Funding Network

 

In this new CIRCLES series, you will hear from invited experts from Women’s Funding Network, a global membership organization with 1.4 billion dollars in collective grant-making power, on how to apply feminist principles to giving at work and beyond.

This special series invites us into an exploration of feminist funding principles, which take power dynamics into consideration, empower those most marginalized, and offer a practical framework for making professional and personal decisions about giving.

Feminist principles offer a powerful yet practical framework for making professional and personal decisions about giving. No matter what form the giving takes, feminist giving principles require flexibility, humility, and trust. They take power dynamics into consideration, as well as empower those most marginalized.

In each ninety-minute CIRCLES session, you will interact with your small group via breakout rooms on Zoom. With helpful guidelines, you will serve as resources for one another around what it means to lift women up, and how to participate in this process in whatever way possible. By exploring important decisions and opening ourselves to new possibilities and potential, we will look to the future with hope and optimism.

With helpful guidelines from experts in the field of feminist funding, we will explore what it means to lift women up, as well as how to apply these principles in our work and our lives.

 

SESSION 1: APRIL 25

Strengthening Women: Intro to Feminist Funding Principles
with Elizabeth Barajas-Román, President and CEO of Women’s Funding Network

Women’s Funding Network members work at the intersection of gender and racial justice. Whether the issue is climate change, women’s economic empowerment, reproductive justice, or one of the many other complex challenges that women can face, feminist funds invest in strengthening the women, families, and communities in which they serve and partner.In this session, you will hear from a leader in the feminist funding movement who will introduce feminist funding principles and how they are applied in their community. This interactive session is an opportunity to learn, grow, and connect, and will offer journaling prompts as well as breakout sessions to explore how these principles can be applied professionally and personally.

 

Session 2: MAY 2

Powerful Gifts That Change the World
with Roslyn “Ros” Dawson Thompson, President & CEO, DAWSON Communications + Strategy + Governance and Ashlei Spivey, Founder/Director, I Be Black Girl

In this second installment of the CIRCLES series, we will hear from Ashlei Spivey and Ros Dawson, who will do a deeper dive into feminist funding principles and powerful giving. They will offer historical context and the future outlook of the Women’s Funding Network, the largest funding alliance in the world dedicated to gender equality and justice. This rich conversation will serve as an exploration of the high-impact role of networks, alliances, and collaboration in making lasting change.

 

Session 3: MAY 9 

Global Impact—Expert Panel
with Lori Robinson, Founder and Executive Director, VidaAfrolatina, Tania Turner, Program Manager for Latin America, Foundation CHANEL

Hear from an expert panel featuring leaders in the feminist funding movement from the United States and abroad. In partnership with CIRCLES participants, they will pull together the themes of the previous sessions, offering additional insights, inspiring discussion, and vital calls to action for participants to explore.

 

 

Women Together CIRCLES is designed for women who want to explore current challenges, situations and possibilities in their lives with the support and wisdom of other women. By meeting virtually with the same small group over a period of several weeks, you can relax into consistency and continuity, discover new ideas and solutions for life’s surprises and complications, and experience trust in a community of women—while also gaining new understanding about yourself and others.

In each one-hour CIRCLES session, you will interact in your small group via breakout rooms on Zoom. With helpful guidelines, you will serve as resources for one another in getting to the bottom of things, making important decisions, and opening to new possibilities and potential.

Deepen the connection—reserve your spot.

 

Verónica Colón Rosario

Verónica Colón Rosario fiercely advocates for gender and racial justice, anti-colonialism, and human rights. She is currently serving as the Executive Director of the Fundación de Mujeres en Puerto Rico.

Verónica started her career in the healthcare industry at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) after earning a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Puerto Rico in Río Piedras. Later, she pursued a master’s degree in Latin American Studies and Democracy from the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.

After completing her degree at Georgetown, Veronica joined the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars’ Latin American Program. In this role, she oversaw different regional projects and research. In 2016, she joined the National Science Foundation as a Social Scientist for the Social and Economic Sciences Directorate.

After returning to Puerto Rico in 2018, she became a Program Manager at Grupo Guayacán Inc., joining the island’s thriving start-up ecosystem. Later, she teamed up with two local investors to establish Holberton Puerto Rico, a software development school, where she served as the Director for a year. In this capacity, she played a crucial role in strengthening the technology sector and promoting economic mobility among young students by forging partnerships and connecting them with high-profile companies.

Verónica is a board member for True Self, a non-profit organization in Puerto Rico that works with the trans communities, providing them with education and economic mobility. She is also a member of the Advisory Committee of the Haitian Women’s Collective and Mentes Puertorriqueñas en Acción.

In addition to her work at the Fundación de Mujeres in Puerto Rico, Verónica is a SOAR Fellow at the Aspen Institute. This fellowship allows her to collaborate with other visionary leaders committed to transforming the systems and structures that affect the lives of women and girls worldwide. Recently, she joined the vibrant community of Hispanics in Philanthropy as a Líderes fellow.

Verónica is a native of San Lorenzo, Puerto Rico, close to the communities she now serves. She is an outdoor enthusiast, ecofeminist, dog mom, and plant collector.

 

Tania Turner Sen (semblanza)

Tania Turner Sen (semblanza) has a bachelor’s degree on Sociology, and a Masters on Social & Political Studies from the National University of Mexico (UNAM). She has been a consultant on Gender, Human Rights, Social Movements and Networks issues, as well as facilitator and advisor on Resource Mobilization, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning, for NGOs and foundations since 2004.

Within Academy, she collaborated in research teams around issues of Gender, Labor Rights, Migration, New Technologies, and System Theory. She worked as an assistant professor in Latin American Studies, and as junior researcher in the Social Research Institute of UNAM.

Within civil society, she worked in Fondo Semillas since 2014, being CEO, Head of Programs, and Head of Institutional Strengthening. She was a consultant for several National NGOs in Mexico, and a full time MEL consultant in INSAD (Research, Health and Demographics).

She represented Fondo Semillas in the Planning and Reference Group of the Alliance for Feminist Movements, and was part of the Boards of Edge Funders Alliance, Empower LTD, and Habesha Project.

Currently, she is Manager of Latin America’s Programs of Fondation CHANEL, and is part of the Executive Committee of Human Rights Funders Network, and collaborates as Regional Advisor for Global Fund for Women (GFW).

Date & Time
Three Thursdays: April 25, May 2, May 9, 2024
1:30–3pm ET/10:30am–12pm PT
 
Participation by donation: pay what you wish.
 

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Women Together CIRCLES will meet on Zoom.
 

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