The Women’s Philanthropy Board provides yearly educational programs to inspire and enable attendees regarding financial responsibility and philanthropic engagement. These programs are open to the public, either free of charge or through ticket purchases.
WPB provides diverse topics and speakers to engage a broad spectrum of constituents. Since its inception, WPB has presented more than 150 programs featuring more than 250 unique speakers. Keynote speakers are often nationally and internationally renowned financial, philanthropic, or nonprofit leaders. Former featured speakers include Laura Bush, former First Lady; Knight Kiplinger, editor in chief of The Kiplinger Letter; Marlo Thomas, actor, activist, and National Outreach Director for St. Jude; Dr. Jane Goodall, international nonprofit leader and conservationist; Dominique Dawes, Olympic gold Medalist; Charles Best, founder of DonorsChoose.org; and Jean Chatzky, financial journalist.
WPB hosts two primary educational programs each year, a Fall Colloquium and Luncheon, and a Spring Symposium and Luncheon. These programs feature high profile speakers and attract participants from all over the southeast and beyond. Periodically, WPB will provide other larger scale programs including the Winter Workshop and Summer Nights programs. Because of the cost associated with producing these large events, ticket purchases are required.
In addition, WPB annually provides three to five smaller scale programs known as WPB Roundtables, that may be held in person or virtually. WPB Roundtables feature local and regional experts and normally focus on a specific financial or philanthropic topic. These sessions are normally free and open to the public.
The WPB Book Club was established in 2020 and serves as an opportunity for members and the community to read a common book and participate in discussions in person or virtually over Zoom. The annual book is selected to compliment an upcoming educational program topic or speaker. Participation is free and lunch and other benefits, such as meetings with authors and t-shirts, are often included for participants.
Click here to view this academic year’s calendar of programs and events.