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Women Leading Change: Our Voices Matter

April 30, 2020 -

This is the Women’s Fund of Rhode Island’s premier fundraising event, bringing together business and community leaders, social activists, philanthropists, and anyone interested in leveling the playing field for women and girls in Rhode Island.

Keynote Speaker: Mary-dith Tuitt; USN Veteran, Commander of Wm Carter American Legion Post 16, former Chief of Staff for Retired State Rep. Gloria Fox (MA), Commissioner Massachusetts Commission on status of women and Executive Committee member of the National Association of Commissions on the Status of Women


·       WFRI Leadership Award to Arlene Violet

·       Susan Farmer Advocacy Award to Vanessa Volz.

The event will include a sit-down dinner, live/silent auction fund-a-need for our Women’s Policy Institute. Women Leading Change: Our Voices Matter has the overarching theme of civic engagement. Please come in the spirit of giving and supporting gender equity.

Cocktails & Conversations

Each quarterly networking event features a speaker or panel of speakers. Topics left for sponsorship include: 

  • Politically Engaged Art (March 26)

As a sponsor, you choose the topic(s) you’d like to support. We can also customize a topic that is of particular interest to your business. We will schedule the date and location once sponsorship is in place to ensure sponsor convenience in attending. Topics are subject to change based on interest.

Women's Policy Institute

The Women’s Policy Institute is a nine (9) month program designed to train women to be strong policy advocates at the state and local level.  The program teaches public policy skills to grassroots leaders, increases their participation in policy formation and implementation and prepares them to lead ongoing advocacy and policy work.  Each cohort chooses a policy initiative that they will champion throughout the program.  Recent examples include support of the Temporary Caregiver Insurance bill and repealing the “Tampon Tax.” 

WFRI chooses participants who demonstrate the potential to lead on issues of gender equity.  Each participant must commit to the integral aspects of the program including research, contributing to the development of a bill and advocacy of the issues supporting the bill at the State House.

Through a Gender Lens Series

The training is designed to inform participants about the gender wage and wealth gaps, understand how these gaps affect personal economic security and life goals, gain confidence in their ability to negotiate through facilitated discussion and role-play skills they will use for the rest of their working lives.

Description:  Workshops designed to address issues of diversity and inequity.  Topics include:

  • Start$mart Negotiation Skills for Graduating College Students (to be run multiple times)*
  • Work$mart Negotiation Skills for Those Seeking Raises & Promotions (to be run multiple times)*
  • Advocacy 101 (to be run multiple times)
  • Men as Workplace Allies (to be run multiple times)
  • Electoral Debate (to be run once)

*In conjunction with the American Association of University Women