The Women’s Initiative hosts annual fundraising and member events to drive awareness of our philanthropic and leadership group, highlight our support of adolescent girls, and raise funds to increase our impact.
A celebration of women’s philanthropy, leadership, and empowerment of adolescent girls, Stepping Up for Girls is the Women’s Initiative’s signature fundraiser to support future programming. The event highlights our funded programs, celebrates local women leaders, and features testaments to the possibilities of the future and the progress we as a community have made in supporting girls and women.
ONE MISSION. FOUR DAYS. LIMITLESS IMPACT.
Week-Long Virtual Celebration: November 10 – 13, 2020
Virtual Kickoff Celebration: Tuesday, November 10th; 6:00-7:00pm
The week will also feature women’s leadership awards presentations, special features from WI-funded partners, and WI member networking. More details to follow!
To learn about becoming an event sponsor, download the 2020 SUFG Sponsorship Packet
The Women’s Initiative co-founders, Lois Green and Meridith Wesby, were leadership role models for many young women and their vision was to strengthen young girls and empower women. Named in their honor, the Lois B. Green Leadership Award and Meridith Wesby Young Leader Award recognize female leaders in our community.
WI Leadership Award Past Recipients
|YEAR||GREEN LEADERSHIP AWARD||WESBY YOUNG LEADER AWARD|
|2006||Val Loring||Monaye Leathers|
|2007||Marcy Reed||Katarzyna Koscielska|
|2008||Marianne Felice, MD||Iris Sanxhaku|
|2009||Suzanne Patton||Hanh T. Lam|
|2010||Colleen O’Brien||Andrea Siemaszko|
|2011||Patty Eppinger||Dianara Nagrone, Shaleah Morgan, Yalitza Garcia|
|2013||Maureen Binienda||Sabbatina Konadu|
|2014||Susan Mailman||McKenzie Gratton|
|2015||Phyllis Pollack||Tereza Ngendahoruri|
|2016||Maureen Gray||Katherine Esparza|
|2017||Patsy Lewis||Darhianys “Lula” Bethancourt|
|2018||Lucia Knoles||Vianna Mercedes|
|2019||Kathleen Orengo||Elizabeth Oluokun|
Little House Capital
Harvard Pilgrim Health Care
Main Street Bank
Seven Hills Foundation
Carol and Michael Sleeper
Power of the Purse is a fun evening of camaraderie and solidarity to ignite positive change for women and girls. Enjoy an auction of designer purses and engage with like-minded supporters.
2021 details coming soon!
Watch all the fun from our 3rd Annual Power of the Purse virtual event on June 30, 2020.
The Women’s Initiative hosts member events throughout the year to give thanks to the hundreds of annual members and meet new supporters. Join our mailing list or follow us on FaceBook to get information on our next member event.