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2018 Women's Philanthropy Summit

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A powerhouse of women rallied at Fordham’s second annual Women’s Philanthropy Summit on October 24 to share ideas about careers, life milestones, and the power of giving.

The all-day summit drew about 250 alumnae, students, faculty, and friends to Fordham Law School for a series of keynote speeches, forums, pep talks, networking breaks, and even a five-minute yoga session. But more than that, it was a chance for them to gather in the same room and discuss something they all had in common: how much Fordham meant to them.

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2018 Keynotes

Harriet Edelman

Building a Plan for Philanthropy

Harriet Edelman, GABELLI ’80
Vice Chair of Emigrant Bank

View a video of Harriet Edelman's keynote.


Kirsten Swinth

Women Organizing for Change: Feminism’s Forgotten Fight for Work and Family

Kirsten N. Swinth
Associate Professor of History at Fordham University

View a video of Kirsten Swinth's keynote.


Anne Williams-Isom

Leveraging Your Time, Talent, and Treasure to Make a Difference

Anne L. Williams-Isom, FCLC ’86
CEO of Harlem’s Children’s Zone

View a video of Anne Williams-Isom's keynote.


2018 Panel Sessions

Panel sessions included the following panel discussions:

A View from the Top: Perspectives from Successful Women

Success should be shared. Fordham alumnae discussed how they have navigated both professional and personal obstacles to break into the upper echelons of their industries.

Preparing Women for Leadership

Leaders aren’t born; they’re made. Mentors shared why they are committed to preparing others for leadership positions in their careers and communities.

Teamwork and Motivation in the Workplace

Today’s workplace thrives on collaboration. Panelists explained how they motivate teams to work toward common goals—whether on the court or in the office.

Work/Life Balance at Every Stage of Your Life

Every stage of life brings its joys and complexities. Panelists revealed innovative ways to balance life’s changing demands when time is always in short supply.

Keeping the Faith: Engaging the Next Generation in Conversations of Spirituality and Service

Americans are increasingly identifying as religious "nones." But these women have nevertheless been able to tap into the next generation’s sense of spirituality and social justice.

Women’s Giving: How Women Accumulate and Distribute Wealth

Financial literacy is integral to women’s success. In this special keynote panel, four women shared how they turned financial success into a passion for giving back.

Thank You to Our 2019 Sponsors

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