A stride in women coming together for United Way was the Women in Philanthropy Luncheon on May 24th. This inaugural luncheon had both Women’s Leadership and Tocqueville Women’s Leadership celebrating the accomplishment and power of “one voice.” The premise of women united to promote community resources that advance family issues is a powerful message. Together, these groups have raised over $12 million, providing much need resources to our community.
Distinguished guest Dr. Johnnetta B. Cole spoke specifically to education and literacy, and what could be done to help. She said, “Education is about living a good life…And when we ask ourselves what is the most critical component of formal education, it’s only one answer, it is learning to read,” Dr. Cole put a simple tagline behind her message, “first children learn to read and then children read to learn.”
The combination of Women’s Leadership and Tocqueville Women’s Leadership proved fantastic. Thank you to all those who came to see Dr. Cole’s powerful message, and to all those who made Women in Philanthropy such a success, without the hard work and commitment of so many great women these things could not have been possible.