Lead the Change

On October 28, the Women’s Fund welcomed activist, author and founder of the ‘me too.’ Movement Tarana Burke as our keynote speaker.

A few highlights from the event:

  • Activist, Author and Founder of the ‘me too.’ Movement Tarana Burke shared with event attendees that trauma halts possibility, but the movement activates it. And the people are the movement. Read more about the event.
  • Grants totaling $10 million were announced and awarded to local organizations working to create communities that are free from gender-based violence and expanding access to sexual and reproductive health services and information.
  • The Women’s Fund celebrated 30 years of work in our community and invited others to join us in advocating for lasting change for all women and girls. Watch our video.

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Featured Speaker

TARANA BURKE

Activist, Author and Founder of the ‘me too.’ Movement

Tarana Burke is best known for founding the ‘me too.’ Movement and has dedicated her life to social justice work and giving strength to those who experienced sexual trauma or harassment. Honored as one of The Silence Breakers named TIME’s 2017 Person of the Year and named to TIME’s “100 Most Influential People of 2018.” Years before ‘me too.’ became a viral hashtag, Burke founded Just Be Inc., a nonprofit that helps victims.

The simple yet courageous #metoo hashtag campaign has generated more than 13 million social media posts, emerging as a rallying cry for people everywhere who have survived sexual assault and sexual harassment.

#metoo is not just an overnight hashtag sensation; Tarana has dedicated more than 25 years of her life to social justice and laying the groundwork for a movement that was initially created to help young women of color who survived sexual abuse and assault. The movement now inspires solidarity, amplifies the voices thousands of victims of sexual abuse, and puts the focus back on survivors.

A sexual assault survivor herself, Tarana is now Executive Director of the ‘me too.’ organization. On stage, Tarana’s powerful, poignant story as creator of what is now an international movement that supports survivors will move, uplift and inspire you.

Marian Ivers Community Leadership Award

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 this award.

LAVANYA UPPALA

2021 Marian Ivers Leadership Award Recipient

It’s easy to recognize her dedication to community and why she was chosen as this year’s UNO undergraduate for the award. Lavanya is a Scott Scholar studying bioinformatics, biology, computer science, chemistry and medical humanities. She combines her academic work with her interest and passion to serve others.

Thank You to Our 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.

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Frequently Asked Questions

For the health and safety of all attendees, this event will have limited seating with only five per table for social distancing. Masks will be required for all attendees and event staff with lunch served in boxes to go. There will be a live stream option as well this year.

You can contact our Office Manager Gail Jones at 402-827-9280 ext. 108 or via email at GJones@OmahaWomensFund.org for questions about your ticket or the event.

No refunds are available for reserved event seating. If you would like to switch from in person to online attendance, we will accept the balance of your ticket as a donation to our organization.

Yes, boxed lunches to go will be provided to all in person event attendees. If people don’t want to take their lunch, we will donate the lunches to a local nonprofit organization.

There is limited in-person seating available for the event to be hosted at CHI Health Center (455 N 10th Street, Omaha).