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Wise Women

Wise Women

Collins English Dictionary defines wisdom as “the ability to think and act using knowledge, experience, understanding, common sense and insight with good intentions.”

Just reading that definition greatly increases my desire to seek wisdom in my life and to surround myself with people who far outpace me in the wisdom department.

I had that opportunity last week at Southwest Florida Community Foundation’s Women’s Legacy Fund Luncheon. This is an annual event that brings WLF contributors and friends together to discuss community issues and award funding made possible by the collective donations to the fund and honor women who have impacted our lives professionally and personally.

This event is a highlight of my year for all the reasons mentioned above, but I have to admit it also gives me the opportunity to surround myself with some very wise women (and several wise men are also on hand!).

This year’s luncheon was special because of the collective giving to the Women’s Legacy Fund, the group presented its grant for $30,000 to support Literacy programs at Literacy Council of the Gulfcoast. Each contributor to the fund can feel a special part of the Council’s programming to provide literacy programs to women in our community.

Our keynote speaker, Liza McFadden, President and CEO of the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy shared insights and her wisdom on addressing stigmas in our lives and her work at the center of the national literacy movement.

I often wish more people could hear from these women who model thinking and acting with good intentions. So this year, our team captured some of their thoughts on how women can have an impact on our community.

Jennifer Galloway – “Women should hold each other up and empower each other to continue to be successful.  Let’s celebrate our successes together – this is where we as women can find more empowerment in our community.”

Jacke McCurdy – “Become involved with what you are passionate about to make a true change in our community.  Southwest Florida has so many opportunities that women can find one or two areas that they can truly make a difference in”

Kitty Green – “Women are doers – when we see a problem, we set about solving it.  We are also collaborators, so we can often do it together.”

Tina Parker – “The Women’s Legacy Fund embodies the change that women can make together in our community, through conversation and action.”

Gail Markham – “Women are hard wired to be tuned in to our feelings and the feelings of others; we are hard wired to reach out and help others.  Women in our community can channel that energy in meaningful ways to help other women find their voice”

Ellen Sheppard:  “Make the effort in your own lives to do small things because little things mean a lot.”

Thank you, wise ones with good intentions.   I hope your wisdom rubs off on me.

I would love to hear how wise women in your life have impacted you or our community. Email me at [email protected] with your story. Or if you would like more information on the work of the Women’s Legacy Fund, visit our website or give me a call at 239-274-5900.

Sarah Owen
Sarah Owen

Sarah Owen, President & CEO of the Southwest Florida Community Foundation, leads a passionate and diverse team dedicated to driving regional change for the common good. The Foundation is committed to engaging the community in conversations and action that creates sustainable positive change and provides the funding to make those changes a reality. More