May 2014

Women's Foundation Board of Directors and Trustees with Actress Jasmine Guy

The power of women's influence to create community change is illustrated in the quote, "The hand that rocks the cradle is the hand that rules the world." The famous poem written by William Ross Wallace epitomizes the impact women have on the future of society.


The Women's Foundation for a Greater Memphis (WFGM) takes this concept to a new level, pushing women-led social change to the forefront. The power and influence of our Board of Directors and Board of Trustees has allowed WFGM to:

Our commitment to lasting social change begins with uplifting women and providing opportunities for them to stand with other women and shape the future for generations to come. We ask you to stand with us. Please give a gift today. Your investment will be matched $1 for $1 by the Hyde Family Foundations Challenge Grant.


Thank you,

Ruby's signature  

Ruby Bright
Executive Director  


P.S. Please join us for our Annual Meeting, Thursday, June 19 from 8:00 - 10:00 a.m. 

Another Successful Annual Tribute Luncheon and Symposium


The 2014 Annual Tribute Luncheon and Symposium was great success! Our month-long celebration of women's achievement was heightened as city, county and state officials designated April 24 as Women's Foundation Day. 

We honored five Legends Award Honorees and keynote speaker Jasmine Guy shared her passion, power and purpose with our Tribute Luncheon guests and students at the Youth Leadership Forum. Collectively, nearly 2,000 people enjoyed our three Annual Tribute Luncheon and Symposium events.


We are grateful for our friends, partners, volunteers and sponsors who generously support our work of changing lives one family at a time.

We look forward to seeing you at our 20th Anniversary Celebration in April 2015! 


See our media coverage in The Commercial Appeal, Tri-State Defender, The Best Times, The Daily News and on the Lipscomb & Pitts Radio Show, WMC-TV, WREG-TV and WHBQ-TV.  


Increase Your Impact Through Donor Circles 

An article in the Non-Profit Times talks about the six ways women donors embrace a cause: Change, Create, Connect, Commit, Collaborate and Celebrate.

As women, we understand the change that can be made in Memphis and beyond when we create or open opportunities for others. Through the Women's Foundation and our grantee partners, we see that change in individuals like Sandra P. who saved up for a car to get to and from work or Yolanda M. and her family who are simultaneously working toward educational success. Through these successes, we connect to each other and our community.

Just as we did last month, we celebrate! We celebrate the women who have gone before us to help open doors, we celebrate each other, and we celebrate the next generation who will continue to carry the torch further. At the heart of the Foundation, we integrate our resources of time, talent, and treasure to support 17,000 women and children annually.  

One successful way we have connected women donors to pool their financial resources is through the Change A Life donor circle, a network of individuals making an annual commitment of $1,000 to ensure the work of the Women's Foundation's mission.


We want to introduce our newest donor circle, Friends of Change A Life that provides the opportunity to engage another group of donors through "Connection Events" and volunteer opportunities. We ask Friends to contribute $500 annually. This level of giving can provide numerous opportunities for women and girls such as providing educational summer camps for a group of high school girls or financial education resources for mothers.


Contact WFGM Director of Development Tracy Burgess for more information.


Leadership Recognition

Memphis Business Quarterly recently announced its 2014 Power Players. Board Members, Trustees, Legends and Friends of the Foundation were listed among the Who's Who in Memphis Business.


Board Member

Nisha Powers, President, Powers Hill Design, LLC
Susan Stephenson, Co-Founder, Co-Chair, Independent Bank
Barrie Wexner-Wurzburg, President, Joseph


Board of Trustees Members

Kathy Buckman Gibson, President and COO, Buckman (2013 Legends Award Honoree)
Barbara R. Hyde, President, J.R. Hyde III Family Foundations (2011 Legends Award Honoree)

Gayle S. Rose, Founder, Electronic Vaulting Services (2010 Legends Award Honoree)

Becky Jones West, Founder/President, WestRogers 


Past Board Members

Meri Armour, President/CEO, Le Bonheur Children's Hospital
Cynthia Ham, President, BRIDGES


Legends Award Honorees
Onie Johns, Founder, Caritas Village

Dorothy Gunther Pugh, Founder/CEO, Ballet Memphis


Ruby Bright, Executive Director, Women's Foundation

WFGM Board Human Resources Chair and Baptist Memorial Hospital for Women's CEO Anita Vaughn was highlighted in Memphis Magazine as the American Heart Association's 2015 Go Red for Women Chair.


Memphis Magazine also featured the Modern Day Women's Conference, highlighted Barrie Wexner-Wurzburg with a Q & A article and listed Education Chair Dr. Marcia R. Bowden of Bowden Internal Medicine as one of its 2014 Faces of the Mid-South.  


Memphis Urban League Program to Host Summer Conference for Girls


Project Ready: GIRL POWER program includes three components: Academic Achievement, Social Development and College Culture and Awareness. This program empowers young ladies to focus on academics, develop leadership skills, make wise decisions and begin considering non-traditional post-secondary careers.


This summer, middle and high school girls are invited to spend a portion of their break empowering themselves and each other to succeed in life.


The Memphis Urban League (MUL) will partner with S.O. What!, LLC (S.O. What!) to host a two-day summer conference. The event will be held June 3-4 from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at the Memphis Urban League (413 N. Cleveland).


Participants will complete workshops created by Summer Owens, President and CEO of S.O. What! LLC addressing issues of self-esteem, bullying, teen pregnancy, and goal-setting. The program is an extension of the Project Ready: GIRL POWER program MUL hosts at Westside Achievement Middle and Northside High School.   


Click here to register by Friday, May 30. 



Shelby County Raises Awareness for Children's Emotional and Behavioral Health Among Parents


The ACE Center Task Force of Shelby County is a team of local leaders dedicated to raising community awareness of the costly and harmful outcomes of toxic stress arising from adverse childhood experiences.


It strives to provide all Shelby County families preemptive access to professional support to reduce challenges to their children's emotional and behavioral health at the earliest possible point in their development. 


Porter-Leath, a Memphis health care nonprofit, will administer the parenting places set to open in January at Knowledge Quest, a nonprofit organization in South Memphis, and at Baptist Memorial Hospital for Women in East Memphis. Read more...
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Advocacy In Action

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WFGM Empowerment Day  

Thursday, May 29, 2014

|"Empowering others is one of the most important acts of kindness one can do."

Help us empower women through a gift to the Women's Foundation. Come by our office
(One Commerce Square, 40 S. Main, Ste. 2380)  on Thursday, May 29 anytime between
7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. to make a donation.

We will be also be hosting a Phone-a-thon 
from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Meet the WFGM staff and help us reach our funding goals.

To volunteer for the Phone-a-thon or for more information, please contact
Tracy Burgess at 901.969.2404.


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Girl Power: Real Talk Conference

June 3-4, 2014

Memphis Urban League

413 N. Cleveland

9:00 a.m. 2:00 p.m.

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Girls Take Charge Art Summit 2014

Saturday, June 14, 2014


477 N. Fifth Street

11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

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Women's Foundation for a Greater Memphis
One Commerce Square

40 South Main Street, Suite 2380 | Memphis, Tennessee 38103
901.578.9346 (office)
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The mission of the Women's Foundation for a Greater Memphis is to encourage

philanthropy and foster leadership among women and support programs that enable

women and children to reach their full potential.