What Matters 2018: Women

Save the Date! Registration will open for What Matters: Women on March 8, 2018. 

Raleigh Convention Center | Tuesday, April 24, 2018 | 11:30 am

On average, 15% of people in the Triangle are living at or below the federal poverty line. That number is higher for women, and the gaps are even wider for women of color and single parents. Women continue to be disproportionately affected as it relates to health, housing, employment, and education, but when they are empowered and have access to the resources they need, women thrive against all odds. And that impacts the entire community – our kids, our economy, and our wellbeing. What can we do to create a region of opportunity for all women? We need everyone at the table – let’s work together to imagine the possibilities, so that we can ensure everyone thrives. Join us!

Why Women?
For the last few years, the Foundation has focused the What Matters community luncheon under the umbrella of “A Region of Opportunity.” We work to ensure that everyone can thrive, and in 2017 What Matters looked deeper at Our Kids – who they are, what challenges and successes are they having in our community, and what can we do to ensure that they have access to opportunity. This year’s theme of Women will explore gender inequality specifically as it relates to health, housing, education, and employment. It will also raise up the overwhelming success of women philanthropists – when women give, they give more, do more, and have a greater impact for change. We need everyone at the table – this is not just a women’s issue – ensuring that women are empowered in our community benefits all of us, and gets us one step closer to an equitable future for the region.

2018 Keynote Speaker
Dr. Johnnetta B. Cole received a Ph.D. in anthropology with a specialization in African Studies from Northwestern University. After holding teaching and administrative positions in anthropology, women’s studies and African American studies at several colleges and universities, she served as the president of both of the historically Black colleges for women in the United States – Spelman College and Bennett College – a distinction she alone holds. She has authored or edited several books and numerous articles for scholarly and general audiences.

Opening Sessions
The day will begin with three dynamic morning workshops relating to this year’s theme of Women. These ‘opening sessions’ will be led by community experts and Foundation partners, and will provide an opportunity for additional dialogue and education. Sessions will be announced in February – check back to learn more!

Philanthropic Awards
During What Matters, the Foundation will present two philanthropic awards focused on the game-changing work of deserving community members. The Legacy Award recognizes individuals who have supported our community by providing vital service to the Foundation, while the Catalyst Award recognizes engaged, visionary donors whose dedication has made – or is making – a significant impact in our community. Nominations are made by our staff, and a Foundation committee selects the winners each year. Winners will be announced in February – check back to find out who will accept the awards this year!

Registration will open for What Matters: Women on March 8, 2018.