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Women-powered philanthropy in action:
Join us for WCGN's fifth conference in Charlotte, NC Oct. 15-17

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

 Conference e-news - July 2, 2015

WCGN National Leadership Forum 2015

Doing. Being. Leading.

Only 29 days left for $300 early-bird registration!

Breakout Sessions You Don't Want to Miss:

Social Media & Philanthropy: How a Strong Online Voice Amplifies Your Impact with Women's Impact Fund member and social media expert Logan Stewart

Innovative Grantmaking from Concept to Pilot Program with Impact Austin Founder Rebecca Powers, Board Chair Rebekah Bonde, Executive Director Donna Benson-Chan, and Catalyst Grant Chair Betsy Blair  

It’s All About Connecting! Creative Initiatives to Involve and Engage New and Experienced Members with Baltimore Women’s Giving Circle member Penny Wald and Wood River Women’s Foundation member Joanne Wetherell 

Not to mention more than 20 panel discussions, interactive round tables, and breakout sessions ...

Thank you to all our member speakers!

Stay tuned for details about more fabulous Charlotte conference events,  in future monthly e-news reports.
Philanthropist & business leader Darla Moore is our conference keynote speaker. 
Read about our other speakers here>

Registration now open for members & non-members!

Please print and/or post our flyer to spread the word to your members and community.








October 15-17, 2015

Full session registration includes:

  • Thursday, Oct. 15 - 1 p.m. check-in begins, followed by 6 p.m. cocktail reception, 7 p.m. dinner and keynote address;
  • Friday, Oct. 16 - All-day breakout and general sessions, lunch at the Mint Museum, and dinner at The Ballantyne Hotel. 
  • Saturday, Oct. 17 - Breakout sessions adjourn at noon followed by lunch. Box lunches available for travelers. 
Questions about the conference? 
Check out our Conference FAQs, or email our co-chairs at conference@wcgn-network.org
Here's wha

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 WCGN membership benefits is our $300 early bird registration rate ending July 31. It applies to all current WCGN Member Organizations and their members! 

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


    Thank you to our Charlotte hosts 

    Women's Impact Fund!

    Meet conference co-chairs 

    Dianne Bailey 


    Sonja Nichols 



    The Conference Program Planning Committee is working to make YOUR conference great! Many thanks to our current planning committee:

    Donna Broderick, Impact 100 (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 & Felice Joyce, Spirit of St. Louis Women’s Fund (St. Louis, MO); Laura MidgleyWashington Women’s Foundation (Seattle, WA); Virginia Mills, Conference Program Committee Chair, Womenade (Boston, MA)Maureen Romito, Impact Las Vegas (Las Vegas); Claire Tate & Jennifer Winstel, Women's Impact Fund (Charlotte, NC)

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



    Qualify for special rates by booking your room 
    • $169 single or double per night
    • $179 triple per night
    • $189 quad per night
     Complimentary WiFi is included.

    *Please inform the hotel of the names of each WCGN Conference attendee sharing a single room, so that we can track attendance accurately. 
    Consider adding a few days to enjoy Charlotte! Our special rates are available three nights following the conference while supplies last.

    The Queen City has a rich history. Founded in 1768 and named for Queen Charlotte, wife of King George III of England, it's 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 the heart of the city. 

    Read more about Charlotte's history and attractions>

    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 a deep commitment to the advancement of women's philanthropy nationwide.

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