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Thank you to the Women's Giving Alliance for hosting a fabulous conference,

and to our Presenting Sponsor, Bank of America Merrill Lynch!

Conference  - 2017 Speakers and Programs


Our Speakers 

Jackie Bezos, President and Co-founder, Bezos Family Foundation

Jackie Bezos loves the intersection between a big idea and passion, what she refers to as the sweet spot of philanthropy. With that goal in mind, Jackie formed the Bezos Family Foundation where that sweet spot is the field of education—birth through high school. Making investments in research, public awareness, and programs, the Foundation aims to elevate the field of education and improve life outcomes for children. At the core of the Foundation’s work is a belief that rigorous, inspired learning environments will allow students of all ages to put their education into action. Jackie is the vision behind initiatives such as Vroom, a national effort to highlight the science behind early brain development and empower parents to turn everyday routines into brain building moments; the Bezos Scholars Program at the Aspen Institute and The Aspen Challenge, inspiring leadership among high school students; and Students Rebuild, a platform for students worldwide to take collective action on critical global issues. Jackie serves on the board of directors for the Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences, Robin Hood, the American Museum of Natural History, the Character Lab, and the emeritus board of Thrive Washington. She also serves as an advisor to TED-Ed and on the advisory board of Global Nomads Group. But her most prized position is “Creator of Chaos” at her annual grandmother-run summer camp for her 11 grandchildren.

Trinita Logue, Retired Founder President and CEO, IFF
Trinita Logue is a national leader in the community development finance sector. In 1988, as Assistant Director of the Chicago Community Trust, she founded and led IFF (formerly Illinois Facilities Fund), a nonprofit financial institution that focused on real estate lending to nonprofit corporations in low income communities. Trinita retired in March 2016, after leading significant growth and program expansion – IFF serves nine states in the Midwest with financial and real estate consulting products and programs.

Today Trinita continues her role in community development investment by serving as a board member of ARC, the governing LLC of Benefit Chicago, a $100 million impact investing fund in Chicago established by the Chicago Community Trust and the MacArthur Foundation.  She also is a consultant to Chicago Public Schools CEO Forrest Claypool, on the growth of the Children First Fund, a foundation established to facilitate foundation grants to programs in the schools.

Trinita’s home town is Jacksonville, Florida!

Sheri B. Bronstein, Global Human Resources Executive, Bank of America

Sheri Bronstein is the global human resources executive for Bank of America and a member of the company’s executive management team. In this role, Bronstein leads a global team of human resources professionals responsible for recruiting, leadership development, learning, compensation, benefits, diversity and inclusion, and employee relations for employees in more than 35 countries.

Bronstein joined Bank of America in 2000 and has held various roles supporting Global Markets, Global Investment Banking and the international regions. She served most recently as global human resources executive for Global Banking and Markets. Prior to joining Bank of America, Bronstein worked at JP Morgan in a variety of human resources capacities.

Bronstein served as a member of Bank of America’s Global Diversity and Inclusion Council, which works to keep diversity and inclusion at the forefront for managers. She was selected as a Global Ambassador for the company’s partnership with Vital Voices in Poland. The program brings together influential global women leaders from public and private sectors to mentor women from emerging markets engaged in small businesses and social enterprises. In addition, Bronstein spearheads domestic violence awareness initiatives for the company.

Bronstein is a member of the governing board of directors of the Robert Toigo Foundation and was selected as a 2015 participant in Next Women 50, an executive development network for female leaders around the world. 
Sherry Magill, President, Jessie Ball duPont Fund

Sherry Magill serves as President of the Jessie Ball duPont Fund, a private grantmaking foundation she served previously as executive director and program officer. Located in Jacksonville, Florida, the Fund has assets of approximately $270 million and an annual grants budget of approximately $12 million.

Prior to joining the Fund's staff in 1991 as Program Officer for Education, Dr. Magill served as Vice President and Deputy to the President of Washington College, a small private liberal arts college located on Maryland's Eastern Shore. While at Washington College, she taught courses in American Studies and on the American South, and in 1991 was selected by the graduating class to receive the Gold Pentagon Award for outstanding service to the college.

She holds a bachelor's and a master's degree from the University of Alabama and a doctorate in American Studies from Syracuse University. She has served as a senior moderator for the Aspen Institute, and is the founding executive director of the Wye Faculty Seminar, a nationally recognized enrichment program for professors teaching in the nation's small colleges. Dr. Magill holds an honorary doctor of humane letters from both Jacksonville University and Randolph-Macon College. She is recipient of the 2016 EVE Education Award.

In addition to having served as chair of the State of Florida Supreme Court Judicial Nominating Commission and the P.A.C.E. Center for Girls state board, Dr. Magill is past president of the Jacksonville Women’s Network board, a past member of the Southeastern Council of Foundations board, the Leadership Jacksonville board, the Southern Education Foundation board, the Delaware Association of Nonprofit Agencies board, and the Council of Independent Colleges board. She is a founding member and past chair of the Florida Philanthropic Network. Currently, she serves as Chair of the Council on Foundations’ board, chair of the Delores Barr Weaver Policy Center for Girls and Young Women board, and is a member on the Local Initiatives Support Corporation-Jacksonville (LISC) board. She is an alumni member of Leadership Jacksonville, Class of 1993, and Leadership Florida, Class XIV.

Trisha Meili, Author, and Member, Women's Giving Alliance  

Trisha Meili is the author of the best-selling memoir, I AM THE CENTRAL PARK JOGGER: A Story of Hope and Possibility. Her story is not a story of an attack, but rather, about resilience and the capacity of the human body and spirit to heal. About support allowing Trisha to move from victim to survivor, reclaim her life and become whole.

After Wellesley College and Yale University, Trisha joined the highly competitive world of investment banking at Salomon Brothers in 1986. But, on the evening of April 19, 1989, during a run in Central Park, she was viciously beaten, raped and left for dead. The recovery of her physical and mental abilities taught her valuable lessons for anyone facing seemingly insurmountable crises. Today, Trisha speaks to groups, including businesses, universities, brain injury associations, sexual assault centers and hospitals, about her journey of recovery and healing – about how she responded to personal tragedy by shifting her thinking and actions. With her work, book and lectures, she offers lessons on how to manage through unpredictable change, whether personal, professional, economic or spiritual. Her story has encouraged people worldwide to overcome life’s obstacles – regardless of what they might be – and get back on the road to life.

Nina Waters, President, The Community Foundation of Northeast Florida

Nina Waters has led Florida’s oldest and largest community foundation since 2005.  During her tenure, the Foundation’s assets and annual grantmaking have quadrupled, with total assets of $313 million and annual grants to the community of $37 million at the end of 2015. Nina’s accomplishments include the launch of a ten-year Quality Education for All Initiative and the development of the Foundation’s first giving circle, the Women’s Giving Alliance.

Nina currently serves on the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce - Board of Governors, Board of The National Center for Family Philanthropy Advisory Committee (Washington, DC), Nemours Foundation Florida Board of Managers and the Jacksonville University Public Policy Institute.  She is a member of the Jacksonville Civic Council and the Leadership Jacksonville Class of 1991.  She is the past chairman of the Southeastern Council of Foundations (an association of grantmakers serving 11 states in the Southeast), former President of Community Foundations of Florida, founding member of the Women’s Giving Alliance, former President of Uptown Civitan Club, and former Trustee of Jacksonville University.  She is the 2014 recipient of the President’s Citation from OneJax Institute, was inducted into the First Coast Business Hall of Fame in 2014 and won the 2013 Florida Times-Union EVE Award for Employment.

Nina is a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and moved to Jacksonville in 1976 to attend Jacksonville University.  She is married to Lex Waters and they have a grown son, Alex, who lives in Atlanta.

Colleen Willoughby, Founder WCGN and Washington Women's Foundation

Colleen Willoughby is the founder of the Washington Women's Foundation (WWF) where she served as president from 1995 to 2008.  She has served as President of the Junior League of Seattle and has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Association of Junior Leagues International. 
She has served on the boards of The Seattle Foundation, Children's Hospital and Regional Medical Center Foundation, and the Saul and Dayee Haas Foundation.  She has chaired the boards of Leadership Tomorrow, The Seattle Children's Home, and the United Way of King County. She is a founder of CityClub, a public affairs forum, and she curren
tly serves as a member of the Advisory Board at the Evans School of Public Affairs at the University of Washington. She is a Trustee Emerita of Whitman College. In 2010 Colleen established WCGN in response to the growing interest from organizations involved in collective giving using the WWF model. Colleen is currently a Director of Global Women - Partners in Philanthropy, a newly established organization to advance the model of collective giving globally.  She has visited China and Australia.  She was a public middle school teacher and is a graduate of Whitman College.

Teresa C. Younger, President and CEO, Ms. Foundation for Women

In 2014, Teresa C. Younger became President and CEO of the Ms. Foundation for Women, the oldest women’s foundation in the United States. Under Teresa’s leadership, the Foundation launched the multimedia campaign, #MyFeminismIs; funded a groundbreaking report on the sexual abuse to prison pipeline; joined leading women’s foundations at the White House to announce a $100 million funding commitment called Prosperity Together to create pathways to economic opportunity for low-income women and girls; and led a campaign to hold the NFL accountable for violence against women. In 2016, Inside Philanthropy named Teresa as one of the “50 Most Powerful Women in US Philanthropy”. 

Thank you to the Plenary Committee from the Women’s Giving Alliance: 
Martha Barrett, Amy Berg, Sandy Cook, Trisha Meili, led by our extraordinary conference co-chairs  Martha Baker and Paula Liang, as well as the National Conference Program Planning Committee co-chairs - Sandy Cook, Maureen Romito and Laura Midgley - and their committee members: Maggie Glasgow, Peggy Shapiro, Julia Taylor, Avani Desai, Talley Baratka, Christy Beckmann, Terry Mumford, and Jeanmarie Loria.

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