Local Women Leading Change: Inspiring Highlights

Highlights from The Community Fund for Women & Girls' Leadership Briefing held on August 10, 2017.

Those Closest to the Challenge Are Closest to the Solution

On August 10, 2017, The Community Fund for Women & Girls hosted an intimate discussion with local leaders Dena M. Castricone (Partner at Murtha Cullina LLP; Founder of the Connecticut Alliance for Business Opportunities, now known as Greater CT Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce), Dr. Chaka Felder-McEntire (Founder and Executive Director of Higher Heights Youth Empowerment Programs, Inc.) and Elaine Peters (co-chair of Mothers for Justice and a longtime community activist).

What We Heard

These inspirational women were called to lead in a variety of ways, from wanting to help young people and honor others who had helped them along the way, to always wanting to be the lady that all the kids looked to for guidance, and wanting to bring to the local community a national model for leveraging economic power for social justice.

What We Can Do

  • ACT:

  1. Be an ally. Need help finding a network to ally with? Contact The Foundation to learn of local groups doing that work.
  2. Align your spending to your values. Direct your dollars there. Download the Buy Up Index app to learn which companies support women or the Human Rights Commission's Corporate Equality Index.
  3. Volunteer to help local organizations like Higher Heights develop a sustainable strategy for the next chapter of growth. See a list of organizations that received grants this year for projects advancing gender equity.
  4. Take the time to be a female for a moment instead of Wonder Woman.
  5. Donate to the Community Fund for Women & Girls
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with Dr. Khalilah Brown-Dean, Associate Professor of Political Science at Quinnipiac University and a frequent contributor to The Washington Post, CNN, Ebony.com, Fox News Radio, WNPR, AURN, CTV and other outlets