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Annual Summit 2023

Catalyzing A Feminist Future

Half Moon Bay, CA

About the Event

Women Moving Millions’ Member Day and Annual Summit took place May 10-12, 2023 in stunning Half Moon Bay, California!

The Women Moving Millions Annual Summit is an invitation-only event for our members and selected guests. It is held every year and is our most important gathering, bringing together members and partners to learn, connect, and inspire bold giving.

This year’s Summit theme, Catalyzing a Feminist Future, recognized the urgent need to invest in feminist movements to realize a more just and equitable future for all. We drew attention to the unprecedented global assault on women’s rights, including the rolling back of reproductive freedom to escalating humanitarian crises, worsening climate change, and the mainstreaming of traditional, misogynistic beliefs and behaviors.

During our time together, we explored how feminist approaches to philanthropy challenge long standing power structures and offer a new vision for how funds are distributed and to whom. We examined how to invest in efforts that disrupt the cultural attitudes and beliefs that are impeding progress. We explored strategies to unlock the potential of feminist philanthropy and leadership. And we committed as a community to be bold in action and to work together to build a roadmap to the feminist future we are all striving for – one where women and girls are able to fully contribute their time, talent, and resources. 

Please click here to view some of our favorite photos from our time together. You can also view our Summit brochure and agenda here.

Laura Garcia (President & CEO, Global Greengrants Fund)
From L to R: Andrea Worby (Content Director, Local Projects), Patti Lee-Hoffman (Co-Founder, CloudMed & WMM Member), Bonni Cohen (Owner/Director/Producer, Actual Films), Jana Katsuyama (News Reporter/Journalist, KTVU Fox 2 News)
From L to R: Becca Heller (Co-Founder and Executive Director, International Refugee Assistance Project), Kate Kroeger (Executive Director, Urgent Action Fund for Women’s Human Rights), Negar Tayyar (Co-Founder and Executive Director, Global Whole Being Fund & WMM Member), Thuy Vu (Co-founder & CEO, Global Mentor Network)
Anita Bhatia (Former Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations and Deputy Executive Director of UN Women)
From L to R: Fatima Goss Graves (President and CEO, National Women’s Law Center), Roopan Gill, MD (Co-Founder, Executive Director, Vitala Global Foundation), Tracy Droz Tragos (Writer & Filmmaker, Dinky Pictures), Jess Jacobs (Actor, Writer, Activist, EP and Impact producer of Plan C), Julia B. Chan (Editor-in-Chief, The 19th)
Marla Blow (President and Chief Operating Officer, Skoll Foundation)
From L to R: Betty Yu (Reporter, CBS News Bay Area), Rosie Rios (43rd Treasurer of the United States and Chair of America250), Saru Jayaraman (Co-Founder & President, One Fair Wage)
From L to R: Dr. Nicole Bates (Director, Strategic Partnerships & Initiatives, Pivotal Ventures), Dana Rice (Vice President, Philanthropy, Lever for Change), Jen Risher (Co-creator #HalfMyDAF & WMM Member), Sara Lomelin (Chief Executive Officer, Philanthropy Together)
Dr. Xanthe Scharff (Co-Founder and CEO, The Fuller Project)
From L to R: Jamie Allison (Executive Director, Walter & Elise Haas Fund), Ada Williams Prince (Director, Program Strategy and Investments, Pivotal Ventures), C. Nicole Mason, PhD (President Emerita, Institute for Women’s Policy Research)
From L to R: Megan Lundstrom (Director of the Resilience Fund, Polaris), Catherine Chen (Chief Executive Officer, Polaris), Holly Fogle (Founder, The Monarch Foundation and The Bridge Project & WMM Board Member)
From L to R: Sophia Armen (Co-Founder & Co-Director, The Feminist Front), Tsitsi Matekaire (Global Lead – End Sexual Exploitation, Equality Now), S. Mona Sinha (Board Chair, Women Moving Millions and Global Executive Director, Equality Now)
From L to R: Taryn Rakowski (Youth Advisory Board Member, Career Girls), Bernice Arreola (Youth Advisory Board Member, Career Girls), Dr. Beverly Thompson (Senior Research Scientist, Leidos and Board Member, CareerGirls)
From L to R: Laura Garcia (President & CEO, Global Greengrants Fund), Jhannel Tomlinson (Caribbean Advisor, GGF Next Gen Climate Board), Xiye Bastida (Co-Founder, Re-Earth Initiative)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Agenda

Day One

The Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay

Registration and Breakfast

Welcome

Sarah Haacke Byrd, CEO, Women Moving Millions

Catalyzing A Feminist Future Through SDG 5

Moderator: Marcia Parker, Vice President, Philanthropic Partnerships, The New York Times

Anita Bhatia, Assistant Secretary-General, United Nations and Deputy Executive Director, UN Women

Catalyzing New Solutions and Approaches to Humanitarian Crises

Moderator: Thuy Vu, Co-Founder & CEO, Global Mentor Network

Becca Heller, Executive Director, International Refugee Assistance Project

Kate Kroeger, Executive Director, Urgent Action Fund for Women’s Human Rights

Negar Tayyar, Executive Director, Global Whole Being Fund

Break

Catalyzing Change Through Film: Plan C And The Fight to Expand Access to Medication Abortion

Moderator: Julia B. Chan, Editor-in-Chief, The 19th

Tracy Droz Tragos, Writer & Filmmaker, Dinky Pictures

Jess Jacobs, Actor, Writer, Activist, EP and Impact producer of Plan C

Dr. Roopan Gill, Co-Founder & Executive Director, Vitala Global Foundation

Fatima Goss Graves, President and CEO, National Women’s Law Center

Catalyzing A Future Without Violence: Exploring the Power of Memorial and Storytelling

Moderator: Jana Katsuyama, News Reporter, KTVU Fox 2

Bonni Cohen, Owner/Director/Producer, Actual Films

Andrea Worby, Content Designer, Local Projects

Lunch

Catalyzing Capital for Good

Moderator: Erika Seth Davies, Chief Executive Officer, Rhia Ventures

Marla Blow, President & Chief Operating Officer, Skoll Foundation

Catalyzing an Inclusive and Just Economy

Moderator: Betty Yu, Journalist, CBS News Bay Area

Saru Jayaraman, President, One Fair Wage

Rosie Rios, 43rd Treasurer of the United States and Chair, America250

Catalyzing Innovation in Philanthropy

Moderator: Sara Lomelin, Chief Executive Officer, Philanthropy Together

Dr. Nicole Bates, Director, Strategic Partnerships & Initiatives, Pivotal Ventures

Jennifer Risher, Co-creator #HalfMyDAF, Author, Member, WMM

Dana Rice, Vice President of Philanthropy, Lever for Change

Break

Catalyzing Conversation Sessions

Evening Break

Cocktail Reception and Catalyzing Community Dinner

Day Two

The Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay

Breakfast

Welcome Back

S. Mona Sinha, Board Chair, WMM and Global Executive Director, Equality Now

Catalyzing Change Through Groundbreaking Reporting

Moderator: Dr. Xanthe Scharff, Co-Founder & CEO, The Fuller Project

Louise Donovan, Reporter, The Fuller Project

Zahra Nader, Journalist and Editor-in-Chief, Zan Times

Catalyzing Equity Through Shifting Power

Moderator: C. Nicole Mason, PhD, President Emerita, Institute for Women’s Policy Research

Jamie Allison, Executive Director, Walter & Elise Haas Fund

Ada Williams Prince, Director, Program Strategy, and Investments, Pivotal Ventures

Catalyzing Economic Security for Human Trafficking Survivors

Moderator: Holly Fogle, Founder, The Monarch Foundation & The Bridge Project and Board Member, WMM

Catherine Chen, Chief Executive Officer, Polaris

Vivian Long, Executive Director, Long Family Foundation and Member, WMM

Megan Lundstrom, Survivor Advocate & Director of the Resilience Fund, Polaris

Catalyzing A Digital Rights Revolution

Moderator: S. Mona Sinha, Board Chair, WMM and Global Executive Director, Equality Now

Sophia Armen, Co-Founder & Co-Director, The Feminist Front

Tsitsi Matekaire, Global Lead-End Sexual Exploitation, Equality Now

Break

Catalyzing Girls Leadership in STEM

Moderator: Beverly Thompson, Senior Research Scientist, Leidos and Board Member, Career Girls

Bernice Arreola, Youth Advisory Board Member, Career Girls

Taryn Rakowski, Youth Advisory Board Member, Career Girls

Catalyzing A Movement: Voices of Young Climate Feminists

Moderator: Laura García, President & CEO, Global Greengrants

Xiye Bastida, Co-Founder, Re-Earth Initiative

Jade Begay, Director of Policy and Advocacy, NDN Collective

Jhannel Tomlinson, Caribbean Advisor, GGF Next Gen Climate Board

Closing

Lunch

Speakers

Jamie Allison

Executive Director, Walter & Elise Haas Fund

Sophia Armen

Co-Founder & Co-Director, The Feminist Front

Bernice Arreola

Youth Advisory Board Member, Career Girls

Dr. Nicole Bates

Director, Strategic Partnerships & Initiatives, Pivotal Ventures

Xiye Bastida

Co-Founder, Re-Earth Initiative

Jade Begay

Policy and Advocacy Director, NDN Collective

Anita Bhatia

Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations and Deputy Executive Director of UN Women

Marla Blow

President and Chief Operating Officer, Skoll Foundation

Sarah Haacke Byrd

Chief Executive Officer, Women Moving Millions

Julia B. Chan

Editor-in-Chief, The 19th 

Catherine Chen

Chief Executive Officer, Polaris

Bonni Cohen

Owner/Director/Producer, Actual Films

Erika Seth Davies

CEO, Rhia Ventures

Louise Donovan

Reporter, The Fuller Project

Holly Fogle

Founder, The Monarch Foundation and The Bridge Project

Laura García

President & CEO, Global Greengrants Fund

Roopan Gill, MD

Co-Founder, Executive Director, Vitala Global Foundation

Fatima Goss Graves

President and CEO, National Women’s Law Center

Becca Heller

Co-Founder and Executive Director, International Refugee Assistance Project

Jess Jacobs

Actor, Writer, Activist, EP and Impact producer of Plan C

Saru Jayaraman

Co-Founder & President, One Fair Wage

Jana Katsuyama

News Reporter/Journalist, KTVU Fox 2 News

Kate Kroeger

Executive Director, Urgent Action Fund for Women’s Human Rights

Sara Lomelin

Chief Executive Officer, Philanthropy Together

Vivian Long

Executive Director, Long Family Foundation

Megan Lundstrom

Director of the Resilience Fund, Polaris

C. Nicole Mason, PhD

President Emerita, Institute for Women’s Policy Research

Tsitsi Matekaire

Global Lead – End Sexual Exploitation, Equality Now 

Zahra Nader

Editor-in-Chief, Zan Times

Marcia Parker

Vice President, Philanthropic Partnerships, The New York Times

Taryn Rakowski

Youth Advisory Board Member, Career Girls

Dana Rice

Vice President, Philanthropy, Lever for Change

Rosie Rios

43rd Treasurer of the United States and Chair of America250

Jennifer Risher

Co-creator #HalfMyDAF, Author “We Need to Talk: A Memoir About Wealth”

Dr. Xanthe Scharff

Co-Founder and CEO, The Fuller Project

S. Mona Sinha

Board Chair, Women Moving Millions and Global Executive Director, Equality Now

Negar Tayyar

Co-Founder and Executive Director, Global Whole Being Fund

Dr. Beverly Thompson

Senior Research Scientist, Leidos and Board Member, CareerGirls

Jhannel Tomlinson

Caribbean Advisor, GGF Next Gen Climate Board

Tracy Droz Tragos

Writer & Filmmaker, Dinky Pictures

Thuy Vu

Co-founder & CEO, Global Mentor Network

Ada Williams Prince

Director, Program Strategy and Investments, Pivotal Ventures

Andrea Worby

Content Director, Local Projects

Betty Yu

Reporter, CBS News Bay Area

Sponsors

Visionary Partner

Advocate

In-Kind

WMM Releases New Report

In 2023, we surveyed the WMM membership in our inaugural Community Impact Survey. We are thrilled to share our results and learnings through our new report, Catalyzing Change: Powering the Movement through Community & Collaboration (2024). The results of this survey not only validated our theory of change, but also provided us with a deeper understanding of how our community is impacting members’ personal growth, philanthropic leadership, advocacy, and grantmaking.

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