Women’s Empowerment Luncheon

Dear Friends,

We are truly excited to present Women Giving Back’s 1st Women’s Empowerment Luncheon which will be held on International Women’s Day. International Women’s Day (March 8th) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.

Women are creating, building and leading some of the most dynamic enterprises in the Greater Washington DC area. Along the way, often at great risk and against the odds, they have shattered glass ceilings, overcome entrenched stereotypes, and redefined the meaning of leadership and success. Many businessess are incorporating women’s empowerment considerations into corporate strategies, both to ensure sustainable growth and to demonstrate leadership through values.

We hope this event provides everyone with the knowledge and understanding on why empowering women, is vital. Our goal is to inspire, unite, educate and motivate attendees from different backgrounds, age groups and professional fields in an effort to celebrate each other’s growth and successes.

Proceeds from the Luncheon will go directly to Women Giving Back’s programs which will serve the increasing number of vulnerable women and children in our communities who look to us as the first stop to rebuilding their lives.

Don’t miss this inaugural event that is sure to be a memorable and impactful experience with our guest speaker Katharine Weymouth and the women leaders on our host committee.


Denise Harrover
WGB Board President

Guests are encouraged to bring a donation of accessories, in order to replenish the boutique.

2019 Keynote Speaker: Katharine Weymouth – CEO, dineXpert

Katharine Weymouth is CEO of dineXpert, a group buying organization working with independent restaurants. Weymouth served as Publisher and Chief Executive Officer of The Washington Post, the newspaper division of The Washington Post Company, from 2008 through the end of 2014. Prior to becoming Publisher and CEO, Weymouth worked in various roles in the Advertising department, including serving as VP of the Advertising department. She began her career as an attorney, working for four years in the legal office of The Washington Post in both print and digital after having worked for three years as a litigator at Williams & Connolly.

Weymouth earned a BA magna cum laude from Harvard College in 1988 and a JD from Stanford Law School.

Weymouth serves on a number of public and private boards. She serves on the Boards of Republic Services, Graham Holdings, and Cable One, as well as the Philip L. Graham Fund, the Greater Washington Community Foundation and the DC Economic Club.

“To love what you do and feel like it matters, how could anything be more fun?”

– Katharine Graham, first American female Fortune 500 CEO

Host Sponsor Benefits
Host Sponsor | $1,500

By invitation only

As a Host Sponsor, you will be recognized for your commitment to advancing Women Giving Back’s mission through a range of event-day profiling opportunities and the chance to host your key stakeholders at the event. This sponsorship is by invitation only and before the event goes public.

Premium table (10 tickets) with options to host clients and guests
• Company logo listed as Host Sponsor on all event collateral
• Recognition in event-related e-communications
• Space in program to recognize your company
• Company mentioned on social media channes, including Twitter and Facebook
• Appearance in sponsor video celebrating WGB supporters
• Logo recognition on digital “Welcome Wall”

Other ways to help

• Donate an item for the raffle
• Host a WGB Representative at your corporate table

Host Sponsor Companies

Cecilia Hodges, Regional President, M&T Bank

Doris Meister, Executive Vice President, Wilmington Trust

Tari Flannery, Executive Vice President, M&T Realty Capital

Tamika Tremaglio, Managing Principal of Greater Washington, Deloitte

Kathy Bonnafe, President & CEO, Combined Properties

Janis Schiff, Partner, Holland & Knight

Nancy Greene, Chairman, Miles & Stockbridge

Susan Riel, Executive Vice President, Eagle Bank

Leslie Ludwig, The L&L Family Foundation

Suzanne Hillman, CEO, Southern Management

Lidia Soto-Harmon, CEO, Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital

Lynn Bennett, EVP, Coakley Williams

Jenna Kirkpatrick Howard, Vice President, Lockton Companies, LLC

Courtney Spaeth, CEO, growth[period]

Mindy Suissa Cohen, President, Higher Talent Executive Search

Guitty Ejtemai, Vice President, The Abdolhossein and Guitty Ejtemai Foundation

Julie Kent, Artistic Director, The Washington Ballet

Diane Dubois, Board Member, Women Giving Back

Elizabeth Rutherford, Volunteer Extraordinaire, Women Giving Back

Leslie Strittmatter, Co-Founder, Women Giving Back

Janice Adamshick, Practice Manager, Aesthetic Medical Center

Sarah O’Connor, Market Relationship Consultant, Wells Fargo Home Mortgage

Cyndi Shanahan, Vice President, Women Giving Back

Eve Weber, Realtor, Selling Loudoun, Long & Foster

Kim Ambrose, Vice President of Marketing, Miller and Smith

Lauren Kinard, President, First Excel Title

Sharon Keegan, Owner, Hometown Title & Escrow

Soledad Portilla, Land Acquisition Manager, Stanley Martin Homes

Kathleen Brown, Office Manager, The Loudoun Center for Plastic Surgery

Susan Go, Director of Solution Engineering, Saleforce

Cindy Dwyer, Realtor, Weichert Realtors

Emily VanZandt, Special Projects Editor, Washington Business Journal

In-Kind Donors

M&T Bank

The Washington Ballet

Reston Limousine

The Loudoun Center for Plastic Surgery

Aesthetic Medical Center

Ronnie Elias Salon

The Washington Post

Chantel’s Bakery

The Washington Business Journal

Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s Capital