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The 10th Annual Women’s Leadership Breakfast

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful citizens can change the world. Indeed it is the only thing that has.” – Margaret Mead

In 2007, the Women’s Leadership Breakfast began with a small group of thoughtful citizens. Today, it’s grown to become a force for good in Greater Atlanta, bringing together female philanthropic leaders from across the region and mobilizing them around a common cause – driving bold, sustainable change for our community.

Looking Back at a Legacy of Leadership

Ten years ago, United Way of Greater Atlanta’s Women’s Leadership Council – established in 1999 by Dr. Johnnetta B. Cole, Ann Stallard and Anne Kaiser – held its first Women’s Leadership Breakfast. Convening a small group of passionate women, the breakfast served to raise awareness around issues like early childhood education or female veterans. Since then, the breakfast has grown to welcome nearly 1,000 attendees each year and raise hundreds of thousands of dollars to address some of Greater Atlanta’s most pressing issues.

During our 8th annual Women’s Leadership Breakfast, we began a dialogue focused on human trafficking. With the goal of creating a safety net for those impacted, we noticed that the necessary resources weren’t available for the most vulnerable people in our community. If you attended, you may recall when we heard from the remarkable Dorsey Jones.

Dorsey’s life started in trauma and followed a path of trauma. Malnourished and in an abusive household, she dreamed of something better. On her 11th birthday, her entire life changed when an older man with unspeakable motives offered her $20. That night, for the first time in weeks, Dorsey and her siblings ate a full meal. Falling under control of this man, she became a victim of human trafficking.

Take Action: Women Uniting to Build a Brighter Future

This year, at the 10th annual Women’s Leadership Breakfast, we can help change the narrative for young women like Dorsey. Featuring Academy Award-winner Geena Davis, this year’s breakfast will focus on how we can build a society that instills resiliency in girls and women. And during the Breakfast, attendees will have the opportunity to text a donation to bring critical mental health resources to those who need them most.

Text-to-give donations will put mental health professionals who specialize in issues like human trafficking directly into the community, embedded into afterschool programs, apartment complexes, churches and other places young girls and women already gather. This approach will bring support to those most vulnerable to human trafficking and build resiliency in their lives.

If you haven’t registered for the 10th Annual Women’s Leadership Breakfast, click here. If you have, we look forward to seeing you there. And you don’t have to wait to make a donation to give victims of human trafficking the resources they need. Pick up your phone and text 41444 with the message WLB2017, your amount and your name. Young girls and women across Greater Atlanta are counting on you.

Catherine Stolarski the Director of Women’s Leadership Initiatives at United Way of Greater Atlanta.



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