Philanthropic Leadership Program
About the Program
The Women Moving Millions Philanthropic Leadership Program is an immersive learning journey that takes place over a 5 day experience designed to help participants amplify their leadership and deepen their impact. The program was designed for WMM members and bold philanthropists who seek to learn how to be supportive leaders in service of the women and girls’ movement, and will offer tools to help them play an impactful role in shaping the way gender lens philanthropy is done. By investing in their own capacity, participants are also investing in the women, girls, and organizations they support.
The program will give participants a deeper understanding of their strengths, opportunities for growth, personal power, and individual needs in their philanthropic journeys. Participants will meet in a cohort of up to 20 individuals with guest faculty covering topics ranging from values-based and gender lens investing, to systems change, movement building, leadership development, deep listening, and storytelling for greater gender equality. This high-touch, transformative program offers something for everyone, regardless of where the individual may be in their philanthropic journey.
WHAT PARTICIPANTS CAN EXPECT TO LEARN
- An appreciation of the role and impact of women in philanthropy and the power of gender lens investing.
- A roadmap for impact-driven philanthropy designed to change inequitable systems.
- Strategies to engage more with multiple stakeholders.
- Increased clarity and comfort with money and using it for social change.
- Deeper understanding of power dynamics and how to shift power to those on the front lines of social change.
- Insights and tools for effective collaboration.
- Greater confidence and courage to make a bold case for women and girls.
The development of this program is made possible by generous support from those in our membership community, as well as the
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Learn how to embrace your role in philanthropy and gain comfort with your resources, while building a supportive network of peers who will collaborate to leverage their collective strength and influence to push the agenda for gender equality.
Using structured methodologies, participants will share personal stories, aspirations, and struggles while identifying how our collective efforts fit into the movement past, present, and future.
Learn how to apply a gender lens and systems-thinking approach to your work by considering the different needs and circumstances of all genders within an interconnected ecosystem.
Participants will explore their relationship to money and its influence while studying concepts of gender, intersectional identity, and why and how to apply a gender lens for impact.
Learn how to recognize power dynamics in order to shift and share power with others to accelerate progress toward a gender equal world.
Participants will take an inventory of all assets and resources that they bring to the movement beyond their financial treasure. In addition to building confidence to raise capital to push the agenda for gender equality, they will learn to appreciate the unique power of movements, how they can contribute to exponential change, and how philanthropy can be part of that change.
Learn how to gain the confidence and courage to make a bold case for gender equality by leveraging your networks and voice.
Participants will learn how to seek and provide advice to peers in need of a sounding board to discover fresh insights on problems that have them stuck while drafting personal narratives to share publicly that will inspire people to take action toward a shared goal.
Learn how to unlock the full force of private investments for the public good, as well as how to lead your financial advisors.
In addition to synthesizing the previous days’ learnings, participants will also consider how to evolve board leadership and governance toward a vision for gender equality.
Monica Aleman Cunningham
Monica Aleman Cunningham is a senior program officer on the BUILD team, working to advance the foundation’s efforts to support and develop stronger, sustainable, and more effective social justice organizations and networks across the globe. Her areas of concentration in BUILD are Latin America; Civic Engagement and Government; and Gender, Race, and Ethnic Justice. Previously, she was based in the foundation’s East Africa office, where her grant making focused on increasing the capacity of national, regional, and global groups and supporting national and regional networks to advance a constitutional framework that protects the rights of women and other minorities, increases the participation of women in governance structures, and consolidates the infrastructure of the women’s rights movement. In addition, Monica led grant-making efforts to explore the links between customary laws and customs as they relate to women and sexual expression, using culture and religion as key entry points into understanding social change. Before joining the foundation in 2011, Monica was executive director of the International Indigenous Women’s Forum, a network of organizations in Asia, Africa, and the Americas. She also served as program and policy director at MADRE, an international women’s rights organization and Ford Foundation grantee. In addition, Monica has worked as a coordinator and assistant for the United Nations’ Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and has consulted for various organizations, including the Ford Foundation and Nicaragua’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Her extensive background encompasses expertise in community organizing, social movement building, and participatory monitoring and evaluation, all honed through her work over the years with national, regional, and global organizations. She also has written a number of opinion and issue-oriented articles, primarily on women’s rights and the rights of indigenous peoples and communities.
Suzanne is founder of Catalyst at Large Ltd and is a globally recognised expert on gender smart investing. She is the Co-Producer of the Gender Smart Investing Summit. She co-leads the Gender Finance Collaborative of 14 DFI’s. Biegel serves as Senior Gender Lens Investing Adviser to Wharton Social Impact Initiative (WSII) at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton Business School and in that capacity she publishes Project Sage: a global scan of private equity and venture capital funds with a gender lens. She is a Fellow at the Aspen Institute. She serves on numerous advisory boards including Cornerstone Capital. She is a Fellow at Tribe Impact Capital. She is on the LP Advisory Committee for the Working Capital venture fund from Humanity United, focused on investing in technology companies addressing ethical supply chain solutions. She received the Beacon Award for Impact Investing in the UK in 2015. She previously served as Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of Confluence Philanthropy, and founded Women in Social Finance in London. She began her career in the corporate world at IBM, after which she worked at two IBM-funded tech startups before joining visionary founder Alexandra Rand and went on to lead IEC, an e-learning and communications firm that they successfully exited in 1998. Biegel’s personal portfolio is invested across all asset classes with an impact and gender focus. She is an alumna of The Wharton School and the Annenberg School of Communication at the University of Pennsylvania and is based in London.
Sarah ElRaheb-Dagher is a Canadian-Egyptian educator and coach who specializes in teaching public narrative, organizing, and leadership. She has her Master’s in Education from Harvard Graduate School of Education, with a focus on the arts in education. Sarah has worked with Dr. Marshall Ganz since 2015 at Harvard Kennedy School as his head teaching fellow, and currently as a lead trainer and Pedagogy and Curriculum Specialist. She is the lead designer and head teacher for an online version of Ganz’s Public Narrative course, offered through Harvard’s Executive Education. She has coached, taught, and coordinated over 100 Public Narrative and Organizing workshops across the United States, Canada, and Morocco, and has had the opportunity to teach and coach hundreds of individuals, including artists, mayors, congresspeople, Dreamers, grassroots organizers, and TED talk speakers. Sarah is a founding member of UforChange, a Toronto-based arts education nonprofit established in 2009 which has empowered thousands of young people. As Director, she was able to raise post-secondary education enrollment rate for her students from 17 to 73%. She received the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Student Teaching at Harvard Kennedy School in 2016. When she is not working, Sarah is a hobby writer and published essayist, writing and teaching about body positivity, racial justice, and love.
Vanessa Daniel is the Founder and Executive Director of Groundswell Fund, the largest funder of the U.S. reproductive justice movement and of Groundswell Action Fund, the largest fund in the country centering giving to women of color-led 501c4 organizations. Under her leadership, Groundswell has moved over $40M to the field, with a focus on grassroots organizing led by women of color (90% of its giving), low-income women and transgender people. Vanessa’s roots in labor and community organizing inspired a unique funding model at Groundswell: a program staff team of women of color who come directly out of grassroots organizing and who support grantees through grantmaking, capacity building, and funder organizing to raise the visibility of grantee work in the broader funder/donor community. In 2017 Groundswell received the National Committee of Responsible Philanthropy’s “Impact Award” for smashing issue silos and Vanessa was featured in the Chronicle of Philanthropy as one of 15 “Influencers” who are changing the non-profit world. She is the recipient of a 2012 Gerbode Foundation Fellowship, and the 2017 National Network of Abortion Funds’ Abortion Action Vanguard Award. Prior to Groundswell, Vanessa organized homecare workers with SEIU; helped win a landmark living wage law with the East Bay Alliance for a Sustainable Economy; and conducted research to support the organizing efforts of welfare mothers with the Applied Research Center (now Race Forward).
Françoise Girard is the president of the International Women’s Health Coalition. A lawyer by training, she is a longtime advocate and expert on women’s health, human rights, sexuality, and HIV and AIDS. Girard is regularly consulted by governments and UN agencies and has been instrumental to ensuring that global normative frameworks include and further women’s rights. Prior to joining IWHC, Girard served as the Director of the Public Health Program at Open Society Foundations. Girard’s articles have been published in peer-reviewed journals such as Science, Global Health Policy, and Journal of Adolescent Health. Recent speaking engagements include C2 Montréal 2018, and 2018 Aspen Ideas: Spotlight Health. Girard holds an M.A. in Political Science from McGill University and an LL.B. from the Université de Montréal. She was a law clerk to Justice Charles Gonthier of the Supreme Court of Canada. She speaks French, Spanish, and Russian.
Tanvi got introduced to Public Narrative as a student of Marshall Ganz at the Harvard Kennedy School in 2015. She spent the next two years as a part of his teaching team and has coached over 25 workshops for social, business and policy leaders. Prior to Harvard, Tanvi founded an internationally recognized organization – Becoming I Foundation – which works towards revolutionizing education systems in India to transform marginalized communities from within. She currently works as the Deputy Chief Innovation Officer at The Future Project – a Non-Profit that helps high schools across the US ignite the full potential of young people. She has served as an International Fellow for the Global Fund for Children in Washington DC and was awarded the William J. Clinton Fellowship for Service in India through which she helped build programs targeted at women and children in high risk communities in India. Tanvi is a Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Award recipient and has also been awarded the Karamveer Puraskar for Justice and Citizen Action. Her work has been recognized at the UN where she has been awarded for ‘Contribution to Humanitarian Development’ and has been invited to speak about her work at the UN ECOSOC, UN WOMEN at the EU Development Days, the Clinton Global Initiative and at various TEDx conferences, alongside heads of state, social and business leaders from across the globe. Tanvi holds a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard University and calls New Delhi and New York City home.
Jessica González-Rojas is the Executive Director at the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, the only national reproductive justice organization that specifically works to advance reproductive health, rights and justice for the 28 million Latinas in the United States. She has been a leader in progressive movements for two decades, successfully forging connections between reproductive health, gender, immigration, LGBTQ liberation, labor and Latino civil rights, breaking down barriers between movements and building a strong Latina grassroots presence. She is a frequent contributor to outlets such as MSNBC, The Hill, El Diario/La Prensa and Huffington Post on pressing reproductive health issues in the Latina community, as well as a regular media voice in local and national platforms. Jessica’s writing has been published in several anthologies, including Latinas: An Anthology of Struggles & Protests in the 21st Century USA and Together We March: Behind the Scenes at the Protest Heard Around the World. Jessica serves as Vice Chair of the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda, chairing the Latina Task Force and the Health Committee, and serves in an advisory role with the Anna Julia Cooper Center’s Intersectional Research Agenda, If/When/How (formerly Law Students for Reproductive Justice) and Emily’s List. She was also a member of the Steering Committee for the New York City Council’s Young Women’s Initiative and a 2016-17 fellow with the Rockwood Leadership Institute’s National Leading from the Inside Out Fellowship. Jessica and NLIRH have been honored by several outlets and organizations, including the National Women’s Law Center, Emily’s List, LatinoJustice PRLDEF, Cosmo for Latinas, National Council of Jewish Women, LATISM, New Immigrant Community Empowerment and El Diario/La Prensa. Jessica is an Adjunct Professor at the New York University Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and of Latino and Latin American Studies at the City University of New York, and has taught courses on race, reproductive rights, gender and sexuality. She holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from New York University’s Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and a certificate from the Institute for Not-for-Profit Management at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business.
Rosi is a leadership development trainer and graphic facilitator with over ten years of experience in organizational capacity development. Rosi supports leaders at all levels to move forward with clarity, confidence, and creativity in a changing world. Rosi draws on Narrative Storytelling, Adaptive Leadership, Internal Family Systems, and Adult Development to create a bespoke experience that sparks both individual and system-wide change within organizations. Using art and design skills, Rosi visually represents the communication process, helping clients see in deeper ways and engage their innate creativity. Rosi holds a Master’s in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School, with a Certificate in Management, Leadership, and Decision Sciences. She is also a trained mediator with a background in the education and humanitarian aid sectors. Now the founder of Drawn to Lead, LLC, Rosi has worked with a wide range of clients across the US and the world, including C-suite executives, community organizers, nonprofits, philanthropists, youth groups, political campaigns, and more.
Chris Grumm grew up as the daughter of a Lutheran missionary with generations of pastors and bishops in her family tree. She has worked both with secular and faith based organizations to build an agenda of social change and justice, concentrating on change within communities on the ground as well as institutions and systems. One of her focuses is the investment in women and girls and through that investment, bringing change to whole communities. More recently, Chris Grumm was the CEO/President of the Women’s Funding Network (WFN). During her 11 year tenure as CEO the network grew from 75 to over 160 with assets of over $500,000,000. She is the co-founder, with Helen LaKelly Hunt of the first Women Moving Millions Campaign. Prior to WFN, she was the Executive Director of the Chicago Foundation for Women. Ms. Grumm also served as the first Vice President of the newly formed Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and spent 4 years in Geneva, Switzerland as the Deputy General Secretary of the Lutheran World Federation. Ms. Grumm was trained as a health educator and worked for over 20 years in the area of reproductive and maternal/child health. She is an Alinsky trained community organizer, the principles of which she has applied to her work throughout her career. Currently, she is consulting through her company, Chris Grumm Consulting Group (CGCG). Her focus is leveraging organizations and leaders who can bring solutions to scale and create true social change/justice impact in communities around the world. She currently serves on the boards of Landesa and the International Women’s Health Coalition.
Sarah K. Henry
Sarah Henry is the Director of Global Programs within the Department of Pediatrics and Executive Director for the Global Center for Gender Equality at Stanford University. As Executive Director, she is working cross- university to build out a Center focused globally on addressing root causes of inequality. Sarah has been serving as a Program Director for the last three years developing a portfolio on Gender Equality and has been seconded to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation as a thought partner to advance thinking around how to strategically and intentionally incorporate a gender equality perspective across the foundation. Sarah has more than 15 years of experience working in global health with a focus on maternal, newborn and child health. Sarah also served as the Executive Director and Dominican Republic Country Director at World Connect, a Boston- based NGO dedicated to improving the health and well-being of women and children.
Jessica Houssian fell in love with feminism as a little girl and has focused her career on advancing women’s equality ever since. Jessica is a Senior Advisor at Women Moving Millions, a global community of women philanthropists who invest boldly with a gender lens. Prior to her work with WMM, Jessica was a partner at Inspired Philanthropy Group – a boutique consulting firm supporting individual philanthropists and corporations to help create authentic, effective impact. Jessica holds a B.A. in Women & Gender Studies (Bates College) and an M.Sc. in Fundraising & Grantmaking (New York University), and currently serves on the Board of Directors of Landesa, RefugePoint and as Co-chair of The Houssian Foundation. In 2019, Jessica co-founded the Equality Fund, a Canadian-led collaboration that combines international feminist philanthropy and grantmaking with an innovative investment arm, delivering new momentum for women’s movements and supporting the advancement of gender equality globally.
As a Managing Director of the Foundation, Stephanie Khurana plays a lead role in sourcing new investments and working with the leadership of those organizations as an operating partner and board member as they grow to build capacity and to achieve their maximum impact. As a member of the Foundation’s senior leadership team, she also helps to execute the Foundation’s strategy and goals and contributes to its thought leadership and external outreach. Stephanie currently serves on the boards of DRK portfolio organizations Empower Schools, GlobalXplorer, Kinvolved, Onward, Propel America, Trey Athletes, and WattTime. She previously served on the boards of DRK grantees Braven, EdBuild, and Immigrant Justice Corps. Stephanie was on the founding team of Cambridge Technology Partners (CTP), a visionary startup in the tech space that went public and was one of the first entities to foresee the transformation from mainframe-centric solutions to client-server architecture and packaged solutions. She previously was Co-Founder, CEO, and Director of Surebridge, a web-based software provider which was ultimately sold to Time Warner. She has served as Acting Executive Director at the Tobin Project, a nonprofit organization that sits on the forefront of major research initiatives that address some of society’s most pressing problems and helps transform public policy debates, inspired by economics Nobel laureate James Tobin. She currently serves on their Board of Directors. Stephanie received a “Top 40 under 40” award from the Boston Business Journal in 1999. She serves on the President’s Council of Cornell Women and is a co-Master of Cabot House at Harvard University. She has consulted with clients ranging from early stage to established organizations in the nonprofit, technology, and healthcare sectors and serves on several social enterprise boards. She received her BS in Applied Economics with a concentration in International Relations from Cornell University, an MBA from the Harvard Business School and an MPP from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.
Nicky has more than twenty years of experience raising awareness about, commitment to, and resources for human rights and social justice. She has demonstrated success in managing growing human rights foundations and building programmatic collaborations that advance the human rights of women, girls, and LGBTQI people globally. Prior to joining FJS, Nicky worked for ten years as the Executive Director of Mama Cash in the Netherlands, where she oversaw one of the largest public funds that supports the rights of women, girls, and trans people. For ten years prior to that, she served as the Vice President of Development and Communications at the Global Fund for Women. Nicky has served on numerous Boards, including OutRight Action International, the Women’s Funding Network, the European Foundation Centre, Prospera–the International Network of Women’s Funds, and Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations. She has a Master’s Degree in Urban Affairs from Hunter College and a bachelor’s degree in history and French from the University of Oxford, Somerville College. Nicky grew up in Scotland, but also finds home in France, the Netherlands, and the United States.
Tracy Mack Parker
An attorney by training, Tracy brings over 15 years’ experience advising individuals on their philanthropy and championing their causes. Starting in 2011 with the Institute for Philanthropy, she led the organization’s successful merger with The Philanthropy Workshop West to create what is today The Philanthropy Workshop (TPW), with offices in the UK and US. She led the flagship donor education program, incubated by the Rockefeller Foundation, to help philanthropists acquire the knowledge, skills, and networks necessary to become purpose-driven, outcome-oriented partners for social change. Over 450 philanthropists from 22 nations have graduated from the program. Tracy was named TPW’s Executive Vice President and then CEO before establishing her own advisory firm, Harbor Philanthropy, in 2017. In this capacity, she serves as senior advisor for philanthropists and philanthropy networks, such as TPW, Women Moving Millions and the Global Fund for Women. Tracy’s chief responsibility is designing and facilitating interactive learning journeys around the world for individuals who are seeking to be more effective in their roles as philanthropist, advocate, leader and partner to organizations advancing social change. Previously, from 2004-2011, Tracy served as senior officer with The Pew Charitable Trusts, a $5 billion charitable institution based in Washington, DC. She earned her bachelor’s from Miami University in Ohio, where she graduated with honors, and a Master’s in Journalism and law degree from The Ohio State University.
Anjali Rodrigues is an educator, teaching artist and leadership trainer who has been working in public schools and non-profit youth arts spaces for the past ten years. During her time as a master’s student at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Anjali taught Public Narrative and Community Organizing with Marshall Ganz at the Harvard Kennedy School. She has led workshops on public narrative and community organizing all over the country for organizations like United We Dream, March For Our Lives, the Bloomberg Mayor’s Initiative, the American Federation of Teachers, The Leadership Council on Legal Diversity, and more. Anjali is currently a high school reading intervention teacher in Brooklyn, NY and delivers leadership and organizing trainings all over the country as a member of the Leading Change network.
Erin is thrilled to be joining Global Fund for Women as the Program Director for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR). As a radical listener, trust-based grantmaker, and change manager, she has over 15 years of experience fighting for social justice. Erin comes from the International Women’s Health Coalition, where as a Program Officer she strategized side by side with grantee partners to advance the SRHR of girls and young women in Cameroon, Nigeria, and Kenya. In addition, Erin supported the Coalition to further embody its trust-based grantmaking model, deepen its institutional values, and was integral to the creation of its organizational culture task force and peer mentorship program. Prior to moving to New York City, Erin lived in Botswana and worked with the World University Service of Canada. She conducted a gender analysis of a HIV testing and counseling program and partnered with women’s and queer rights organizations to reinvigorate the gender movement. Erin also served as the first Executive Director of the Ottawa Coalition to End Violence Against Women in Canada and worked to secure funding to support women with incarcerated dependents in Jamaica. Erin brings direct intervention experience in women’s shelters, as a pregnancy options counselor, and as a youth sexuality educator. Erin holds a BA in Communications and Ethics, Society and Law from the University of Toronto, a Master of Social Work from Carleton University, and a recent graduate certificate from Columbia University in Principles and Practices of Organization Development. She speaks English and French, and can be found in yoga studios, on dance floors, or soaking in conscious theatre by fellow women of color. Erin is motivated by cultivating relationships, and tries her best to live up to these words by Kay Ryan, “Intention doesn’t sweeten. It should be picked young and eaten.”
I approached the WMM program with caution—would I be able to use the skills taught, and apply them immediately to my own goals? The answer was a resounding YES! And with an added bonus of a network and support group of peers to whom I can turn for matters big and small. I will be continuing the program and enrolling in the next pillar.
I came to the pilot not knowing what to expect. The group gelled very quickly and the material was presented in easy to digest chunks. I knew that I was absorbing a great deal of new information and old knowledge was being brought out of my “storage files.” In the following weeks and months, I realized that I was thinking through things very differently and making decisions based on aspects of the pilot. On a personal note, the pilot made me aware of my worth as a woman and as a philanthropist. I highly recommend it.