August 2015 Newsletter


August 2015
Keynote Speaker Announced for Annual “Will Work For Change” Luncheon
Earlier this month we announced Arianna Huffington as the keynote speaker of our Annual “Will Work For Change” Luncheon. We are thrilled to welcome her to Kansas City in December and look forward to her insight on creating change to improve the lives of women and their families.
The Women’s Foundation 2015 Annual Luncheon will be hosted on December 4, 2015.

 We invite our Sponsors, Investors and Inner Circle members to reserve their tables and tickets today! If you are interested in becoming a member of the Inner Circle learn more HERE.  We will be happy to place all other inquiries on a pre-purchase list and your table or ticket will be available on Thursday, October 1st. We are once again anticipating a sell out crowd so make your reservation today.  Please contact Alison Patterson for more information.  

Appointments Project - St. Louis is Launched
This month, in partnership with Mayor Francis Slay, the Women’s Foundation expanded the Appointments Project to St. Louis, MO, to increase the number of women on city boards and commissions. Read our press release here.
We kicked off this newest partnership with the announcement of our first St. Louis Appointment. Congratulations to Bridget Halquist on her appointment to the St. Louis Firefighter’s Retirement Plan Board!
Read Wendy’s Women’s Equality Day Blog on Huffington Post
August 26 is a day meant to commemorate women’s suffrage in the United States. Instead of a day of commemoration, our President and CEO Wendy Doyle challenges us to approach Women’s Equality Day as a day of action to further our quest for true gender equality. Read her blog post here.
New Application for Appointments Project
The Appointments Project has received so many applications over the past year that we've had to expand our system in order to make sure every application is carefully considered. In order to do this we have designed a new online form! Please fill out an online application with us if you haven't previously done so or if you submitted a form or resume prior to this July. 

Help us continue to expand the Appointments Project by encouraging women to pursue one of these many leadership opportunities. If you or a woman you know has a desire to serve, we encourage you to check out our featured appointments and apply here.!
Greater Missouri Leadership Challengers Meet and Greet in Columbia
Wendy Doyle met with members of the Greater Missouri Leadership Challenge and several other Mid-Missouri leaders on August 14. The group discussed the work of the Women’s Foundation and brainstormed ways to expand our programs to more areas of the state.
Thanks to Jan Grossmann for hosting, and to these wonderful women for taking an interest in improving the lives of women in their communities!
Featured Grantee - Rockhurst University; Prosperity Center
Every year the Women’s Foundation announces a package of grants that aim to invest in improving the lives of women of all ages. These grants support a wide array of organizations and education systems that strive to improve all aspects of women and their families’ lives through education, career coaching, financial support and other means. Each month the Women’s Foundation will feature a recipient of our grants in the newsletter.
This month our featured grantee is Rockhurst University's Prosperity Center. The Women’s Foundation grant supports the Prosperity Center to help low to moderate-income women achieve economic stability. The Prosperity Center focuses on improving the financial bottom line and changing financial behaviors in a way that encourages a long-term commitment to increasing income, decreasing expenses, building credit and acquiring assets. Keep up the good work!
Women's Foundation on the Air
On August 6, Wendy Doyle, was the featured guest on Women’s Issues, Women’s Voices, live on KOPN radio in Columbia, MO.  Wendy and host Sarah Catlin discussed the mission of the Women’s Foundation and research on the Status of Women in Missouri.