Raising Women’s Voices at the Jewish Women’s Foundation’s Power Lunch in Chicago

Deborah Siegel, The OpEd Project's Midwest Regional Manager and Author of Sisterhood, Interrupted: From Radical Women to Grrls Gone Wild.

Deborah Siegel, The OpEd Project’s Midwest Regional Manager and Author of Sisterhood, Interrupted: From Radical Women to Grrls Gone Wild.

On April 23, I joined Tuti Scott (President, Imagine Philanthropy), Nancy Kaufman (CEO of the National Council of Jewish Women), and Tami Astorino  (guru in girls development) for a power schmooze in The Loop with trustees of the Jewish Women’s Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago.

It was like speed dating. I led two back-to-back 50-minute sessions exploring the source of credibility, expertise, and influence—and ways these amazing women can have more.

In the packets we included a terrific oped about engaging female donors by JWF Executive Director Emily Muskovitz Sweet, an alum from a training we did earlier this year with the Advancing Women Professionals and the Jewish Community and the Dobkin Family Foundation.

Noted Emily, “I now have a better appreciation for the impact opinion pieces can have and the need to expand the presence of women thought leaders in our society. With this charge, I wrote my first article on the successful model employed by Jewish Women’s Foundations, which was published by eJewish Philanthropy in March 2012. Within hours of its posting I was invited by the Jewish Funders Network to speak to a diverse group of fundraising professionals on ways they can more authentically engage female donors.”

Siegel talks about the need for women's voices in public debate.

Siegel talks about the need for women’s voices in public debate.

Siegel engages participants at the Jewish Women’s Foundation’s Power Lunch in Chicago.

Siegel engages participants at the Jewish Women’s Foundation’s Power Lunch in Chicago.

Kol hakavod, as they say (congratulations – or, more literally, “all the honor”) to Emily, Chicago OEP alum Robin Patinkin, Dana Hirt, Jennifer Elvey, and all the others who made the Power Lunch happen.  It was an honor to be a part!

 

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