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The full force of women-powered philanthropy comes to Charlotte October 15-17!

The WCGN Board of Directors invites you to the National Leadership Forum 2015 in Charlotte, our fifth WCGN conference. 

 Conference e-news - May 2, 2015

Nationally known philanthropist and business dynamo Darla Moore to headline WCGN’s Charlotte Conference 

WCGN National Leadership Forum 2015

Doing. Being. Leading.

Registration is open now for members and non-members alike!

We’re delighted to announce that philanthropist, business leader, breaker-of-glass-ceilings, and inspirational role model Darla Moore is the keynote speaker for WCGN’s upcoming national conference in Charlotte.

Firsts are common for the dynamic Ms. Moore. She was the first woman featured on the cover of Fortune and the first woman to have a major U.S. business school named for her (University of South Carolina’s Darla Moore School of Business). Additionally, she and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice were the first women to be admitted to the previously all-male Augusta National Golf Club.

Ms. Moore’s philanthropic contributions have been prodigious. In 2002 she founded the nonprofit Palmetto Institute with the mission to increase per capita income of every resident in her home state of South Carolina by focusing on education. In 2003, she donated $10 million to Clemson University’s School of Education, which was renamed the Eugene T. Moore School of Education in honor of her father, and, in 2004, she pledged an additional $45 million in matching funds to the Moore School of Business. (She announced a $25 million gift to the school in 1998.) In addition she’s served on numerous boards including Teach for America, The Chamber of Commerce Excellence in Education Business Advisory Council, New York University School of Medicine Foundation, George Washington University, and Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center.

We’re honored and thrilled that Ms. Moore will be joining us for our signature face-to-face event – WCGN National Leadership Forum 2015. She’s a shining example of the power of women’s leadership in philanthropy.

Please print or post this flyer to help us spread the word to your members and community. Stay tuned for details about more fabulous Charlotte conference events, breakout sessions, panels, and speakers in future monthly e-news reports. 






October 15-17, 2015

Full session registration includes:

  • Thursday Oct. 15 - Check-in begins at 1 pm and cocktail reception at 6 pm followed by dinner ad keynote address at 7 pm.
  • Friday Oct. 16 - All day breakout and general sessions, lunch at the Mint Museum, and dinner at The Ballantyne Hotel. 
  • Saturday Oct. 17 - Breakout session and lunch. Adjourn at noon with box lunches available for travelers. 
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Carrie Brodsky, from Impact100 Philadelphia

, had to say about her time at our 2014 conference in St. Louis: 

"Thank you to the WCGN conference planners and participants from our Leadership Forum 2014 in St. Louis, MO! Impact100 Philly is going home with an abundance of ideas and inspiration!" 

    Registration is open for members and non-members alike. Non-member registration is $450. 

    One of the many benefits of WCGN membership is the $300 early bird registration rate, which applies to all current WCGN Member Organizations andtheir members. Early bird rates end July 31. 

    The conference is open to anyone who supports collective giving and women-powered philanthropy. 


    Thank you to our hosts in Charlotte

    Meet conference co-chairs 

    Dianne Bailey 


    Sonja Nichols



    The Conference Program Planning Committee is working to make YOUR conference as good as it can be.

    Many thanks to our current members:

    Donna Broderick, Impact 100 Cincinnati (Cincinnati, OH); Sandy Cook, Women’s Impact Alliance (Jacksonville, FL); Marla Felcher, The Philanthropy Connection (Boston, MA); Cynthia Frank, Women's Impact Fund (Charlotte, NC); Kathy Frost, Spirit of St. Louis Women’s Fund (St. Louis, MO); Felice Joyce, Spirit of St. Louis Women’s Fund (St. Louis, MO); Laura Midgley, Washington Women’s Foundation (Seattle, WA); Virginia Mills, Conference Program Committee Chair, Womenade (Boston, MA); Maureen Romito, Impact Las Vegas (Las Vegas); Claire Tate, Women's Impact Fund (Charlotte, NC); Jennifer Winstel, Women's Impact Fund (Charlotte, NC)

    The gorgeous Ballantyne Hotel and Spa will be our conference headquarters. Thanks to our hosts, The Women's Impact Fund, southern hospitality will abound and we'll get a taste of some of the finest venues Charlotte has to offer, such as the Foundation of the Carolinas and the Mint Museum. 



    Attendees are responsible for 
    to secure special rates: $169 single per night, $169 double per night, $179 triple per night, $189 quad per night. Complimentary WiFi included. Attendees wishing to share rooms should inform the hotel of the names of each WCGN Conference attendee staying in the room, so that WCGN can track attendance. 
    Consider adding a few days to enjoy Charlotte! These rates are available three nights prior to and following the conference while supplies last.

    Charlotte has a rich history steeped in the discovery of gold and the pride of Scots-Irish settlers. The Queen City was founded in 1768 and named for Queen Charlotte, wife of King George III of England. Now the nation’s second leading financial center, Charlotte was originally built at the crossroads of two Native-American trading paths. The intersection of these two paths, now major streets called Trade and Tryon, is known as the heart of Charlotte. 


    CHARLOTTE DOUGLAS INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (CLT) is served by the following airlines:

    • American Airlines
    • Delta Air Lines
    • Frontier Airlines
    • JetBlue Airways
    • Southwest Airlines
    • United Airlines
    • US Airways

    Airport transportation will be available in addition to buses between venues. No need for a rental car!

    Merrill Lynch
    Thank you to our lead sponsor, Merrill Lynch, whose generous support of  WCGN programs and our 2015 Charlotte conference demonstrates their deep commitment to the advancement of women's philanthropy nationwide.

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