What a way to spend my last day in New York City prior to my move to Utah! I headed in bright and early yesterday to attend a special gathering at at a large investment bank – a gathering for Town and Country’s annual philanthropy issue. This is my absolute favorite issue of the year of any magazine not only because of the feature articles on celebrity women that are using their power, influence and resources to make the world a better place, but also because their stories are written by great writers and my dear friends, Joanna Krotz and Leslie Bennetts.
The breakfast was in support of the United States Fund of Unicef, and specifically for their relief work in Haiti. The guest speakers were the most fabulous Donna Karan who I had the pleasure of meeting, as well as Malaak Compton-Rock, Corinne Woods and moderated by Juju Chang. A big WOW. Read all about these fabulous women in this month’s issue. Also featured in the magazine are Lauren Bush and Sheryl WuDunn.
I left the breakfast feeling so inspired and so motivated to continue the work I am doing with the Women’s Funding Network, Women Moving Millions and more. Though historically the majority of women’s philanthropy has been grassroots or needs based I sense a change coming. I believe women are increasingly thinking about power, and how to use that power in alignment with their values to create change from the top down. We have to be thinking about how we change the decision making and allocation of resources that results in the injustices that we are locally funding to eliminate. In other words, we need to attack the cause and not just treat the symptoms. Donna Karan opened her remarks by taking about the feminine energy as it relates to sharing, caring and collaborating. Yes these are good things but I would like to include in this new energy more responsible, inclusive and responsible use of power. What does real feminine power look and feel like? I suggest we are just beginning to see it and need to lift up the stories of women that exemplify it.
(Please consider writing a letter to the editor at [email protected] in support of the issue!)