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The Women’s Fund of Omaha hosted our annual “Lead the Change” celebration on Thursday, October 20. Thanks to all of your incredible generosity, this year’s sold-out event raised a total of $320,000!
At this year’s annual “Lead the Change” event, the Women’s Fund awarded $250,000 in grants to local nonprofit agencies for programs that are making a positive impact on the lives of Omaha-area women and girls. Attendees voted to determine which of two local nonprofit agencies–Sisters of Notre Dame or the Women’s Center for Advancement–would receive this year’s $10,000 “Be the Change” grant. In a surprise announcement, both agencies were awarded an additional $10,000 in funding through the generosity of a special gift from TD Ameritrade.
Honorary co-chairs for the luncheon were Jane Miller, chief operating officer and executive vice president for Gallup, and Aileen Warren, assistant vice chancellor for business and finance and director of human resources for University Nebraska Medical Center.
Lisa Ling–award-winning journalist, executive producer, television presenter, and current host of This Is Life on CNN-provided the event keynote. Lisa has been a powerful advocate for women and girls worldwide, and shared stories about the women she has met during her travels. Ling spoke of brave women across the globe who are working to overcome the very same obstacles faced locally by the women and girls of Omaha. Ling spoke about sex trafficking and violence against women-both issues the Women’s Fund of Omaha is tackling locally, along with sexual literacy, economic self-sufficiency and leadership development. She encouraged the audience to step up and get involved to help combat these critical issues facing women and girls right here in our community. Ling left the audience both motivated and inspired as she quoted her former boss, Oprah Winfrey, “Now that you know, you cannot pretend you don’t.“