2018 Women's Fund Luncheon
Thursday, September 6, 2018
Red Lion Hotel Paper Valley
Another Sold Out Luncheon!

We hope you have already reserved your spot at the 18th annual Women's Fund Luncheon, as we are pleased to announce that we we have another sold out event with over 1,000 guests!

We are very excited to welcome Major General Marcia Anderson (U.S. Army Retired). You can learn more about her here and in the August edition of Women Magazine .

If you have reserved a table and haven't provided your guest's names, please send them to Jen Peeters as soon as possible to help everyone feel welcome and speed up registration.

Haven't registered for the luncheon and still want to attend? Contact Jen to be added to our waiting list. It is possible that some seats may open up in the future.  
Issue Spotlight Panel Discussion
September 6, 2018
10:15 am - 11:00 am (Prior to the Luncheon)
Red Lion Hotel Paper Valley - Evergreen Room (Downstairs)
Please join us for the Issue Spotlight panel discussion prior to the luncheon. This year's topic will focus on the work of the Young Women's Initiative. Learn about the positive impact this exciting new initiative is having on young adult women and their families in the Fox Valley.

You will hear from the following panelists:
  • Kara Nowak - Fox Valley Technical College
  • Pastor Williams - B.A.B.E.S. Child Abuse Prevention Program
  • Irene Strohbeen - Women's Fund Board of Directors & Young Women's Initiative Task Force Chair
  • Alex Mischler - Starting Point 2.0 graduate

This educational program is open to the public and a ticket to the luncheon is not required. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Be sure to arrive early and allow time for parking, as doors will close promptly at 10:15 am.
Thank you to our 2018 Luncheon sponsors! See a full list here .
Women's Fund Announces New Board Members
Welcome new Women's Fund board members:
  • Sarah Paulson - Merrill Lynch
  • Beth Bowers - Community First Credit Union
  • Lora Zimmer - McCarty Law LLP
Many thanks to outgoing Board President Sara Micheletti, and incoming Board President Amy Van Straten, for their leadership. We also wish to express our sincerest gratitude to outgoing members Beth Davis and Sarah Dressel for their years of service and dedication to the Women’s Fund.
Welcome Amanda Louden!
Amanda Louden has joined the Women's Fund as our new Grants and Administrative Associate. Amanda brings with her a true passion for empowering women and girls. She lives in Neenah with her husband and two children, and has enjoyed the gift of being home with them during their early years. She is excited to be returning to work part-time in a role that not only inspires her, but also introduces her children to the power of giving back and serving in the community.   

Amanda shares, "I am truly honored to be joining the team at the Women's Fund and to have the privilege of working within this incredible community dedicated to serving others in the Fox Cities."  

Please join us in welcoming Amanda to the Women's Fund.
Grant Spotlight: Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes
Submitted by Katy Compton
Program: Girl Scouts Mental Health Awareness Patch
Grant Award: $1,500

This fall, the Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes (GSNWGL) anticipates that approximately 250 Girl Scouts in the Fox Valley Region will start working toward their newest patch, one centered around Mental Health Awareness. On their journey to getting the patch, Girls Scouts will be educated about the brain and its influence on thoughts, feelings and behavior, creating an increased awareness and understanding of mental health, and reducing the stigma of mental illness. 

A grant from the Women’s Fund for the Fox Valley Region supported the GSNWGL partnership with NAMI Fox Valley. Existing program materials for the Mental Health Awareness Patch were edited and updated , creating a new programming packet that focuses not only on brain anatomy and physiology, but also includes in-depth information on mental health and national and local resources.
“With the increase in youth bullying, suicide and drug use, Girl Scouts are actively fighting to create change. Our New Mental Health Awareness Patch will provide troop leaders with the tools and training to help local Girl Scouts discover ways to reduce the stigma of mental illness, connect with others to learn about resources and programs available and take action in the Fox Cities to help raise awareness of this growing epidemic.”
- Leslie Coleman, Fund Development Manager
Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes
Status of Women in Northeast Wisconsin Report
Key Findings
Free & Reduced-price School Meals

  • In Northeast WI, 44,000 K-12 students (38%) are eligible for or reduced-price school meals—the equivalent of 2 out of 5 students.

  • Over the past decade, the percentage of eligible students grew by 43%—growing by 34% from 2007 to 2011, and an additional 9% from 2011 to 2016.