June 2016


" Attitude is a choice. What you think you can do, whether positive or negative, confident or scared, will most likely happen."-Pat Summitt.

When Pat Summitt broke a record or achieved a milestone, she was not the first
woman to do it, she was the first ever. She embodied and revolutionized leadership, community spirit, passion, drive and competition...everything it takes to make a difference.

During her life, she inspired and impacted hundreds and thousands of people.The strides she made will continue to reshape and inspire the world. Through her philanthropy, leadership, and collaboration, she impacted thousands of lives forever. Throughout her career, she held true to herself. She lead her craft and she did it her way, forging opportunities for women and girls.

The Women's Foundation for a Greater Memphis salutes Pat Summit! We challenge you to join us and aspire to honor her legacy of community change through hope and determination.

Women's Foundation for a Greater Memphis  

Thank you to everyone that has already taken steps to Join the Vision and help us meet the Hyde Family Foundations $100,000 challenge grant.   It's not too late to help us meet our goal. Join by TODAY  and your gift will be DOUBLED by the Hyde Family Foundations Challenge Grant. A $100 gift becomes $200. We need your support! Donate now.  

WITT-Find Your Power: Professionalism and Communication Tips
The Women's Initiative Think Tank (WITT), an auxiliary of WFGM, is a collaboration of nearly 20 local corporations women's initiative groups. WITT hosted an invitation-only panel discussion and reception called Find Your Power: Professionalism and Communication Tips on June 9 at The Racquet Club, sponsored by Dixon Hughes Goodman. See some of the highly quotable tips here from our moderator and speakers, who gave great advice on how to effectively communicate in an executive environment. Thank s to everyone that attended! For more information on how to join WITT and upcoming events, email wittofwfgm@gmail.com .
(Left to Right) Penny Aviotti, Ettiquette and Protocol Consultant |Laura L. Bresse, Executive Speech Voice Trainer, Memphis Speech Solutions |Ursula Madden, Chief Communications Officer, City of Memphis | Janas Jackson, Diversity and Affinity Groups Advisor, FedEx

Women's Foundation Board Members Recognized for Excellence
Toni Boland, WFGM board member serving on the Development, Education, Research and Advocacy, and Marketing and Communications committees, received the Strong Award at the Girls Inc. of Memphis 70th Anniversary Celebration Luncheon. The Strong Award celebrates women who have exhibited a creative approach in building a lifestyle that focuses on healthy choices and/or have provided the tools and motivation for others to make the changes they need to take charge of their health and wellness. 
Anita Vaughn ,
Anita Vaughn, WFGM Vision 2020 Development Vice Chair and retired CEO of Baptist Memorial Hospital for Women, was highlighted in the Memphis Daily News for her notable 43-year career with Baptist Memorial Hospital in May. Read more...

Lynne Walker
WFGM Board Member and Executive Vice President of Affinity Banking Strategy for First Tennessee Bank is a recipient of the 15th Annual Women Worth Watching Awards from the Profiles in Diversity Journal. Lynne joins the ranks of thousands of past winners, several of whom have gone on to become CEOs of fortune 500 companies.

Getting Ahead in a Just Getting by World

Nine residents of Foote Homes, located in zip code 38126, marched during their, Aha! Process Inc. "Getting Ahead in a Just Getting by World," graduation ceremony held at the Boys and Girls Club of Memphis-Juice Plus+ in June. During their eight-week workshop, graduates learned how to build their resources to create a more prosperous life for themselves, their families, and their communities. In her graduation speech, Getting Ahead participant Anjelica Parker gave encouraging words to the audience and her fellow classmates.
"With the knowledge I've gained in Getting Ahead, I am now transformational...I am taking action and taking control of my own economic stability. That means I make my own rules and set my own boundaries."
Leslie Shaw, ambassador and volunteer for the Women's Foundation, led the workshop.
Today, We'll Change Tomorrow
WFGM was among eight cities to participate in the expanding Young Women's Initiative in partnership with Prosperity Together at the United State of Women Summit this month, convened by the White House Council on Women and Girls.  
The Young Women's Initiative is a set of policy and budgetary recommendations to improve the lives of young women and girls. Started by the New York Women's Foundation, the initiative focuses on investing and catalyzing resources to improve equity and prosperity for young women. In Memphis, the Young Women's Initiative kicks off in September with listening sessions engaging girls 15 to 21 years of age. WFGM will partner with local organizations to define solutions that impact gender and racial and economic justice. Read more here.
Center for Research in Educational Policy, University of Memphis
The Center for Research in Educational Policy (CREP) will partner with the Women's Foundation for a Greater Memphis to help measure the impact of the Vision 2020 Strategic plan to reduce poverty in zip code 38126 by five percent over five years. CREP will 
use data collected by WFGM and our grantee partners to "tell the story" of Vision 2020 successes during its first year based on these outcome measures:
  • Increase in full-time employment
  • Increase in earned income
  • Increase in number of residents possessing a high school diploma or GED
  • Increase in the number of children enrolled in quality child care
  • Increase in the number of children and youth engaged in afterschool and summer programs
  • Decrease in the high school dropout rate
  • Increase in enrollment in postsecondary education programs
  • Increase in the number of families receiving regular health checkups. 
Women's Funding Network convenes Partnership for Women's Prosperity (PWP) in Minneapolis
PWP partners met this month to discuss new initiatives towards the economic security of women and their families.The Partnership is a collective effort to unleash the economic power of economically vulnerable women - community by community. The participating member funds and foundations are exploring what programs and resources are effective within local communities to support women.  Each foundation in PWP received a portion of a $3.35 million dollar grant from The Wal-Mart Foundation. The Wal-Mart Foundation's  grant has afforded WFGM the opportunity to invest in and leverage local and national partnerships to increase women's economic security. Funds from this grant will be used to enable 2,000 low-income individuals to achieve economic self-sufficiency through partnerships that offer wrap around services in areas of job training and placement, education and credentialing, financial literacy, and job retention.

Booker T. Washington, Lady Warriors
The inaugural Myneishia Johnson Heart of a Warrior Camp at Streets Ministries was a free, three day girls' basketball camp. The camp was held in memory of Booker T. Washington Lady Warrior and student Myneishia Johnson, who tragically lost her life days before graduating high school. The coaching staff, current players, and alumni of the Lady Warrior Exposure program provided instruction and drills to more than 110 girls during the camp. Each camper received a free camp shirt and basketball for participating. Twenty trophies were awarded to campers for special achievement.
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The Vision 2020 Strategic Plan is to reduce poverty by five percent over five years in 38126, where 62 percent of adults and 76 percent of children live at or below the poverty line, double and almost triple the rate of the entire city (28 percent).
To support families in zip code 38126 in securing resources to meet their basic needs.
To equip residents with marketable job skills to gain living wage employment.
That all children age 0-5 living in 38126 will be prepared to enter and learn in Kindergarten.
To develop positive outcomes in youth that include competence, confidence, connection and character.
To help families gain the financial education skills to help them reduce poverty.
WFGM Annual Meeting
 Moving the Vision Forward
August 11, 2016 | 8:00 a.m.
U of M Holiday Inn | Center Ballroom
3711 Central Ave, 38111
RSVP: wfgmannual16.eventbrite.com or to Alberta Hope at albertahope@wfgm.org or call

Sharonda Crawford and Priscilla Payne from the Workforce Investment Network internship program have been working hard on various projects. Thank you for your time and dedication! We wish you all the best in your future endeavors.


Sharonda Crawford and
  Priscilla Payne
The Workforce Investment Network's Youth Services Department offers educational and career development programs for eligible youth ages 14 - 24.
Anne Raheem
Anne Raheem, summer intern at Power Hill Design and GEE (Girls Experience Engineering) Alum stopped by to volunteer and call donors as we close out our 2015-2016 Annual Fund Campaign.

"Your non-profit truly is a remarkable place with an exciting and inspiring mission."
Thank you to our June Phonathon volunteers and for everyone that donated and renewed their annual gift when we called. We appreciate you! 
  Join us as a volunteer with Vision 2020.
We have several areas of focus within
this strategic plan, including:
Early Childhood Education
Job Readiness
Financial Literacy
Volunteers are also needed for:
Administrative Support
Clerical Work
Communications & Marketing
Data Entry

To volunteer, complete the online form 
or call 901.578.9346


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The mission of the Women's Foundation for a Greater Memphis is to encourage

philanthropy and foster leadership among women and support programs that enable

women and children to reach their full potential.