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WiD Members-Only Presentation of Women Give 2019

Join Women in Development (WiD), New York for this very special event, presented in partnership with the Women's Philanthropy Institute at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. First unveiled in Chicago in March 2019, Women Give 2019: Gender and Giving across Communities of Color is the first study to explore the intersection of race, giving, and gender. On May 21st, WiD Members will receive a unique, insider's presentation by one of the creators of Women Give 2019, Dr. Debra Mesch, followed by panel discussion with several diverse and powerful women philanthropists.

Beginning with cocktails and informal networking, this promises to be an enlightening and enjoyable evening, where WiD members can come together for refreshments, camaraderie, and conversation on one of the most fascinating topics in philanthropy.



5:30 p.m. - Cocktails and informal networking

6:00 p.m. - Program Begins

Featured Panelists:

 Debra Mesch 

Professor of Philanthropic Studies;
Eileen Lamb O’Gara Chair in Women’s Philanthropy at Indiana University

Dr. Mesch was the Director of the Women’s Philanthropy Institute (WPI) from 2008-2018. Her primary responsibility is to guide the research agenda on the role of gender in philanthropy. She and her colleagues have written numerous reports for the signature Women Give series about the factors that shape gender-based giving patterns, including age, religion, income, marital status and more  in order to increase understanding about how gender influences philanthropy. Professor Mesch received both her M.B.A. and Ph.D. in organizational behavior/human resource management from Indiana University Kelley School of Business. 

Marcela Orvañanos de Rovzar

Philanthropist and Founder of Procura, A.C.

Marcela Orvañanos de Rovzar is a Mexican philanthropist with rich experience in institutional development and capacity building for nonprofit organizations, foundations, and other institutions within civil society. She is the Founder and Chair of the Board of Directors at Qualitas of Life Foundation, a nonprofit organization that provides basic financial education to Hispanic individuals and their families in order to foster their financial security and improve their standard of living. In 1995, she founded Procura, a training institution in Mexico City that offers courses on institutional development and fundraising for nonprofit organizations. Marcela is the recipient of many awards, including the Henry A. Rosso medal from The Lilly School of Philanthropy at Indiana University, the Circle of Mercy award, granted by the Mercy Center in New York City, and most recently the 2018 Women Leading the Way Award from Indiana University Women's Philanthropy Council.

Mei-Mei Tuan 
Managing Director,
Trewstar Corporate Board Services;
Co-Founder and Chairman, Notch Partners LLC

Mei-Mei Tuan is currently a Managing Director of Trewstar LLC, which provides corporate board services and is the co-founder and Chairman of Notch Partners LLC, a leading human capital partner to private equity funds. She was an investment banker with Goldman Sachs, BankAmerica and BankAustria and has served as Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer at the Sierra Foundation and the San Francisco Food Bank. Ms. Tuan has been a director of both The Bancorp, Inc. and its U.S. subsidiary since 2013 and is also a board member of the Clara Maass Medical Center and its Foundation, and Montclair Kimberley Academy.

Gay Young
Vice President, Donor Services
New York Community Trust

Gay Young manages the Donor Services department that works directly with donors and advisers to donor advised funds administered by The New York Community Trust. She helps individuals, families, and companies carry out their charitable giving. Gay majored in Political Science and History at Wellesley College and graduated from New York University School of Law.  She is on the boards of Hudson Guild and the New York Foundation.Gay and her husband live in the West Village.

Yolanda F. Johnson 
President-Elect, Women in Development, New York and President, YFJ Consulting, LLC

Yolanda F. Johnson has had an extensive career as a successful fundraising professional and non-profit development executive, having launched several new fundraising and marketing initiatives, created special streams of earned income and events, including creative strategies for partnerships and sponsorships, secured foundation, corporation, and government funding, and cultivated a diverse major gifts portfolio. Yolanda is the Founder and President of YFJ Consulting, LLC and the first African-American President-Elect in the 40-year history of Women in Development, NY. She has appeared as a panelist at Fundraising Day in New York, the Women’s Alliance National Conference, and the New York Center for Non-Profit Success. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the Lehman College Art Gallery, the International Advisory Board of the Foundation for Post Conflict Development, and has served as a board member of the Friends of Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site. Yolanda's extensive background as a successful performing artist and public speaker has given her a unique, creative perspective on the communications and presentation aspects of organizational and fundraising development. She helps others develop these skills for fund development and everyday life through her consulting practice and All the World's A Stage workshop series.

Registration: FREE  - Registration required
Open to WiD members only. However, space is limited and will be allowed on a first-come, first-served basis. Register now to secure your spot for one of the most anticipated philanthropic events of the season!

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Later Event: May 31