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Women's Philanthropy Summit

Women smiling for camera at the women's philanthropy summit

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Women's Philanthropy Summit Logo 2019 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Skadden Conference Center, Law School
Lincoln Center Campus

Networking and Cocktail Reception to Follow

Transforming Today, Safeguarding Tomorrow

From our families to our communities, from our workplaces to our world, women's philanthropy creates positive change and preserves the things we love. At Fordham's third annual Women's Philanthropy Summit, we will come together to expand our capacity for both.

2019 Keynote Speakers

Rose Marie Bravo, TMC ’71
Rose Marie Bravo held leadership positions in several major fashion businesses before joining Burberry. In her time as CEO, she is credited with transforming the classic brand and greatly expanding its markets. She is currently the company’s vice chairman.

Valerie Rainford, FCRH ’86
Valerie Rainford is managing director and head of advancing black leaders and diversity advancement at JPMorgan Chase & Co. She is also an award-winning author and speaker who dedicates her life to uplifting others by sharing her incredible story of perseverance.

2019 Panels and Workshops


  • The Life Cycle of Philanthropy: Budgeting and Vehicles for Charitable Giving
  • Values-Based Leadership: How Jesuit Education Enriches Leadership
  • A View from the Top: Reflections on Success and Coaching the Next Generation of Women Leaders


  • Imposter Syndrome: Embrace (Don’t Erase) Your Accomplishments
  • Guide Your Career (Not the Other Way Around)

2018 Summit

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.

Thank You to Our 2018 Sponsors

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