Dining for Women's 10th Anniversary - Celebrating a Decade of Dreams
Join us the weekend of June 21-23 as we come together to celebrate 10 years of dreams becoming reality - and prepare to move forward into our second decade.
You'll have a chance to celebrate with other members and enjoy networking opportunities. There will be sessions on our travel program, program selection, "DFW across Gender and Generations", and "Women, Peace and Power". You won't have to go far for great shopping, we'll have vendors set up in the DFW Marketplace. Full program information and session detail will be available on our website soon.
We will have guests from some of our funded programs -- Children of Vietnam, Maasai Girls Education Fund, and Anchal -- who you'll meet and who will talk to us about the impact we are having on their programs.
We are especially excited to announce Saturday evening’s keynote speaker, Tara Abrahams, Deputy Director of 10x10, a first-of-its-kind global campaign to educate girls. In her position with 10x10 Tara manages partnerships with leading NGOs, corporations, and policy organizations. 10X10 connects best-practice, girl-focused programs around the world to the 10x10 campaign and its strategy to achieve global impact.
Tara graduated from Harvard College with an B.A. in History and Literature and completed her MBA at the Harvard Business School. She was awarded the Horace W. Goldsmith Fellowship for outstanding contributions to the non-profit sector. Tara serves on the boards of Health Leads, Green City Force, and the Harvard Alumni Association.
The weekend will include a full length showing of Girl Rising, a groundbreaking film and the centerpiece of the 10×10 global social action campaign both focused on the same concept: Investing today in adolescent girls living in the developing world creates a ripple effect that transforms families, communities and entire countries for generations.
Embassy Suites Resorts and Conference Center
We have reserved a block of rooms at the hotel and conference center for $119 plus tax (including breakfast and a daily manager's reception). The rate will be available for DFW attendees June 20-24 (In case you need to arrive early to stay an extra day). If you're traveling with a friend or spouse who isn't attending the conference, the adjacent golf course - The Preserve at Verdae - is offering special greens fees and cart rates for DFW. This is one of the premiere courses in the area.
See photos, get more information about the facility and surrounding area, and make your reservation the Embassy Suites web page (use code DFW to register). Hotel reservations must be made by May 23.
For travel planning: The Friday evening reception begins at 7:30 pm ET and the Sunday program ends at 11:30.
Schedule of Events
The schedule is developing but here is an outline of programs you can expect to see.
- We begin at 6:30 p.m. with the Cultures and Customs Reception with some casual talks by Marsha Wallace and Jamye Cooper, live music and internationally themed buffet.
- Morning session on advocacy presented by Nancy DeLaney, Community Engagement Manager of Oxfam America.
- Breakouts on Program Selection (Jennifer Moyen-Logan), Travel (Patricia Andersson) and a program on diversity in our chapters - Crossing Genders and Generations - with speakers from couple's chapters, mothers and daughters and the leader of our only high school chapter.
- Lunch and shopping in the Marketplace (open all day), which will features fair trade items from Ten Thousand Villages and Anchal, among others.
- Afternoon breakout sessions spotlighting some of our funded programs with presenters from Children of Vietnam, the Humanitarian Organization for Local Development in Afghanistan and Anchal.
- An afternoon program for leaders on keeping your chapter fresh - with open discussion to share ideas that work.
- The evening Keynote address by Tara Abrahams, deputy director 10X10, followed by a special screening of the film Girl Rising.
- Tanya Henderson, public policy director of Women's Action for New Directions (WAND) discusses the modern warfare being waged against women in the world and what we can do to ameliorate the impact.
- Co-founder Marsha Wallace closes us out with a look at what's ahead for DFW's second decade.
- Adjournment: 11:30 a.m.
Embassy Suites Greenville Golf Resort and Conference Center
670 Verdae Blvd
Dining for Women
Dining for Women is a global dinner giving circle. We "dine in" together once a month, each bringing a dish to share, and send our "dining out" dollars to international programs empowering women.
Through our members’ combined dinner donations, we support grass-roots programs for women fostering good health, education, vocational training, micro-credit loans and economic development. By educating our members about the circumstances of women living in some of the poorest countries in the world, our members become agents of change, inspired to make a difference through the power of collective giving.