Women’s Fund Appointed event inspires leadership

March 15, 2023

More than 70 women from across the region showed up to the Greater Cincinnati Foundation on Wednesday, February 22nd for an evening of networking, sharing stories and encouraging women to consider leadership roles.

Appointed is a non-partisan initiative offered by the Women’s Fund that identifies opportunities for women to serve on civic boards and commissions.

Rajani Menon, organizer of the Women Who Lead Mixer, says it was “everything I hoped and much more. It was impressive to have ladies from all walks of life attend. This signals to me that civic engagement is a top priority for women. I’m so proud that we’re offering them a way to prepare to lead and serve. I’m energized by the passion and courage I see in them, and I look forward to holding more events like this one.”

Many of the women who attended expressed enthusiasm and passion for serving their communities.

Leslie Mattie Rich, Cincinnati Senior Action strategist, (pictured to the side) “It was a delight to see women that have been a part of my life for years and to meet other women shepherding good work in the region. I enjoyed learning from panel members and hope that the connections I made grow into something transformative for our community”.

Tracy Nicole Stokes, (pictured to the side) “The event was so impactful! Having the opportunity to be in the presence of women invested in the elevation of other women was priceless. I am excited to engage with this dynamic group in the future.”

The Women’s Fund is committed to the Appointed initiative. First started in 2018, Appointed has helped prepare over 500 women for service on civic boards and commissions in the greater Cincinnati region.

“We believe civic leadership should reflect the communities in which they serve, and Appointed was launched to address the fact that women today – especially women of color – are deeply underrepresented on public board seats in our region,” said Alicia Miller, executive director of the Women’s Fund of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation.

If you missed the mixer, you can still connect with the Women’s Fund and join the Appointed mailing list. To learn about other opportunities to get involved or to learn ways you can support the Women’s Fund visit CincinnatiWomensFund.org.


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About the Women’s Fund and Appointed: The Women’s Fund team and its partners are designing a community where all women can participate, prosper and reach their full potential with the goal of eliminating gender and racial inequities in our community.