2019 Event Program

Lead the Change Annual Celebration

Thursday, October 24, 2019
11:30 am – 1:00 pm


Grant Presentation

Be the Gift

Featured Speaker

Valerie Jarrett


Invest in our community’s future.
Invest in women and girls.

Women’s Fund Sponsors

With the generous support of the individual donors and corporate supporters, the Women’s Fund is able to identify issues, fund solutions, and lead change to ensure a bright future for every woman and girl in our community.
Thank you for your continued support!

Presenting Sponsors


Mutual of Omaha

VIP Photo
Meet & Greet

td ameritrade


Corporate Sponsors

Celebration Sponsors

Table Sponsors

Baird Holm

Lorraine Chang

Charles Drew Health Center

Children’s Hospital & Medical Center

Creighton University

Dvorak Law Group, LLC

Farm Credit Services of America

First National Bank

Holland Basham Architects

Kirsch Transportation

Knights of Aksarben

Koenig Dunne

Kutak Rock, LLP


Mutual of Omaha Bank

Nebraska Furniture Mart

Nebraska Indian Urban Health Coalition

NP Dodge

OBI Creative

Omaha Integrative Care

Omaha World-Herald

OneWorld Community Health Centers


Peter Kiewit Foundation

Denise Powell & Jill Thomsen

Project Harmony

SilverStone Group

UP Lead

Aileen Warren


Joan Carnaby

Sarah Caswell

Brian Feinhold

Cynthia Hadsell

Barbara Haggart

Portia Kenner

Jennifer Magilton

Jessica Pate

Erin Porterfield

Sharon Robino-West

Carol Russell

Heather Tedesco

Special Thanks


Clark Creative Group

Women’s Fund
Board of Directors

Women’s Fund

Funding Solutions

In total, the Women’s Fund will invest more than $10 million in our community this year!

Learn More about our 2019 Grant Recipients

WomanSpirit Awards

$1,500 awards are given to local nonprofits annually to honor these women whose leadership has had a significant impact on the lives of women and girls in our community.

Dianne Seeman Lozier
Survivors Rising

Barbara Weitz
Intercultural Senior Center

Maryanne Stevens
College of Saint Mary – Special Scholarship Fund

Gail Walling Yanney
Women’s Fund of Omaha

Mary Heng-Braun
The Ruth – Fund for Older Women

Marian Ivers
University of Nebraska Foundation – Marian Ivers Community Leadership Award

Margre Durham
I Be Black Girl

Mimi Waldbaum
I Be Black Girl

Marian Ivers

Marian Ivers Community Leadership Awards

Marian Ivers’ life is an example of the value of hard work and positive support of the organizations and people around her. As a single mother, she raised two daughters while working full-time. She had a secretarial degree, coupled with an intense drive and great vision. She started a 27-year career at the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce in 1962 as executive secretary. During her career, she constantly worked to promote Omaha, the Chamber, countless staff, and volunteers.

She quietly served the Chamber, always promoting others, until the last ten years of her career when she directed her talent to helping nonprofit organizations. Marian was a founding member of many organizations, including the Women’s Fund of Omaha and was honored numerous times for her visionary leadership and ability to develop community support.

After her death in 2013, her friends made the decision to honor her memory by raising funds to develop the Marian Ivers Community Leadership Award and the Marian Ivers Internship. Both are designed to inspire and encourage University of Nebraska at Omaha students to develop critical leadership skills.

Because Marian was so critical to the early success of the Women’s Fund as well as countless women leaders in our community, we are honored to recognize her contributions through both the award and the internship.

Maya Solarana

2019 Marian Ivers Internship Recipient

Maya joined the Women’s Fund in 2019 as the Marian Ivers Intern. She assists the public awareness team in developing new ideas and content for the Get Checked Omaha social media channels.

She is currently a student at the University of Nebraska Omaha and plans to graduate in May 2020 with a Bachelor of Science in Journalism & Media Communication, with a concentration in Public Relations and Advertising and a minor in Communication Studies. Maya is passionate about positive sexual health education and women’s reproductive rights.

Madeline St. Clair

2019 Marian Ivers Leadership Award Recipient

Madeline St. Clair is a student at the University of Nebraska Omaha pursuing a bachelor’s degree in biology with minors in chemistry and human rights. In addition to her studies, she participates in UNO’s Air Force JROTC program, serves as Vice President of the UNO Pre-Health Professionals Club, participates as a member of the Chancellor’s Commission on the Status of Women and mentors “little sister,” Amarria, through the Big Brother Big Sister program. After medical school, she plans to return to Omaha to serve with, learn from and advocate for those in need of equitable healthcare.

Featured Speaker

Valerie Jarrett

Author and Political Advisor

Thank you for your generous support!

The Women’s Fund is dedicated to improving the lives of all women and girls—but we can’t do it without the generous commitment of our donors.

With your support, we’ve become a trusted expert in the community. We identify critical issues, fund innovative solutions, and influence dynamic change. Since our beginning in 1990, the Women’s Fund has supported local agencies with more than $35 million in grants for programs that address the most pressing issues as identified by our research, and we have established our own programs to meet unaddressed needs.

We invite you to invest in our community’s future.
Invest in women and girls.

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