Ms. Foundation CEO to headline Roanoke Event

Teresa Younger

The Roanoke Women’s Foundation and the Carilion Clinic Foundation, with support from Davenport & Company, will host an event featuring Teresa C. Younger on March 20 at 7:30 pm at the Jefferson Center. Younger is the president and CEO of the Ms. Foundation for Women, the first national fund dedicated to empowering all women. (Over the next five years, the Ms. Foundation will be investing $25-million “in women and girls of color as a means to create social, cultural and economic equity for all genders”.)

The event – IGNITE CHANGE, Mobilizing the Giving Power of Women – will celebrate the advancement and power of women using their resources and strengths to have a greater impact on our community and the world.

Younger has been on the front lines of some of the most important battles for women’s health, safety, and economic security. She is a tireless advocate and well-respected leader with a proven track record of nonprofit management and fundraising. She has a rich history of national leadership that empowers women and believes that women have the answers to positively change communities. During her visit to Roanoke, she will share her insights into how the foundations can mobilize the power of women’s collective giving to continue growing the community so that it works for everyone.

Younger’s visit to Roanoke will include several events: including a stop at Hollins University and IGNITE CHANGE, the talk at the Jefferson Center. That evening also will feature a collaborative performance presented by Jefferson Center’s Music Lab, Girls Rock, and Roanoke Children’s Theatre. Earlier in the evening, the organizers are bringing together women of all generations from various organizations in the community with the overarching theme of “giving.” The event, “What Is She Up To?,” will feature women who are unique givers in multiple ways: time, talents, and/or treasure. These are women who use their business or talents on a daily basis to benefit the community. The power of the event will be women sharing with each other their talents and ideas so that the spirit of giving will inspire and can be replicated across the region.

The Roanoke Women’s Foundation works to strengthen the community through collective giving and increasing charitable contributions in the region. The RWF aims to promote women’s leadership in philanthropy, and to engage and educate our membership. It gives women a greater voice in the spending of their philanthropic dollars by making high-impact grants to meet critical community needs.

The Carilion Clinic Foundation establishes and maintains relationships that generate philanthropic support to enhance Carilion’s ability to provide excellence in healthcare. The focus of the Foundation is to provide resources for equipment, programs and services that otherwise may not be possible.

“We are excited to host this event, said Suzanne Thornily, event co-chair. It will be, for all of us, a catalyst to come together, ignite our talents, own our strengths, share our resources, and polish our skills to positively impact the Roanoke Valley.”

There is no charge for IGNITE CHANGE, but registration is encouraged. Please visit: www.jeffcenter.org/ignitechange.