Join us on April 4, 2019
Keynote Speaker | Tracee Ellis Ross
Over two decades, your philanthropy has fueled more than $5 million in grants through our Fund for Women & Girls, improving futures for tens of thousands of women and girls in Fairfield County. This work is supported in part through our highly-anticipated luncheon, which attracts more than 800 enthusiastic supporters each year to learn about The Fund’s work, hear from women whose lives have been transformed, and be inspired by trailblazing keynote speakers like Dr. Maya Angelou, Dr. Madeleine Albright, Gloria Steinem, Abby Wambach and Billie Jean King.
2019 Keynote Speaker: Tracee Ellis Ross
Tracee Ellis Ross is an award-winning actress, producer and activist. She has won numerous accolades for her starring role as Rainbow Johnson in ABC’s critically acclaimed series `black•ish, including a Golden Globe and three NAACP Image Awards. Ross is committed to using her voice and influence to advocate for inclusivity and equity. In 2018, she became the first black woman to open the annual TED Conference, presenting her talk “A Woman’s Fury Holds Lifetimes of Wisdom.” Ellis is a co-founding signatory of Time’s Up, a movement against sexual harassment founded by Hollywood celebrities in response to the #MeToo movement.
Anne S. Leonhardt Award Honoree: Vicki Craver
Following her career at Goldman Sachs, Vicki Craver’s interest in local philanthropy was ignited by serving as Co-Chair for Fairfield County’s Community Foundation’s Fund for Women & Girls. She joined FCCF’s Board of Directors, serving from 2009 to 2016 and acting as Board Chair for two years. Vicki is now Co-President of Impact Fairfield County, a women’s giving circle she co-founded with Wendy Block in 2015 to provide large, transformational grants to local nonprofits. In its first three years, Impact Fairfield County has provided $560,000 in funding. We are thrilled to honor Vicki’s deep commitment to strengthening our community, and her action to help improve the lives of women and girls in our region.
Empowering women and girls to reach their full potential. Created by a group of visionary women in 1998, Fairfield County’s Community Foundation’s Fund for Women & Girls brings together philanthropists to invest in sustainable solutions that support the safety, health and economic security of women and girls across the county.
Helping adult students achieve their dreams of a higher education. Supported through The Fund for Women & Girls, the Family Economic Security Program at Housatonic Community College empowers adult students to overcome challenges and earn degrees that can lead to family-sustaining careers.