I joined nearly a thousand women and men yesterday for the annual Washington Area Women’s Foundation Leadership Luncheon, held at the Grand Hyatt downtown.
Washington’s well-heeled professionals and volunteers joined together to honor the work of WAWF, the only public foundation solely dedicated to transforming the lives of women and girls in the Washington region. Every year at luncheon, the Foundation honors a group of Visionary Award winners—local trailblazers whose efforts to improve the lives of women and girls have made a difference in the lives of thousands. Additionally, the luncheon raises funds to invest in work that improves the economic security of women and girls and eradicates poverty in our region.
Guests heard a moving presentation by WAWF CEO and President Jennifer Lockwood-Shabat, who described the plight of her mother, also in attendance. Lockwood-Shabat’s mother became the primary breadwinner when as her husband turned to alcoholism.
Washington Area Women’s Foundation is a DC-based public foundation dedicated to mobilizing our community to ensure that economically vulnerable women and girls in the Washington region have the resources they need to thrive. Award recipients this year included Gina Adams, Artis Hampshire-Cowan, and Barbara Krumsiek.
Gina Adams is corporate vice president for government affairs at FedEx Corporation. As a native Washingtonian, she has remained committed to the community and to inspiring and supporting its youth. She’s an active member of the board of directors of American University, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Town Hall Education Arts & Recreational Campus (THEARC), Fight For Children, National Museum of Women in the Arts, the Economic Club of Washington and the DC Public Education Fund. She previously served as chair of the DC Chamber of Commerce.
Artis Hampshire-Cowan is senior vice president and secretary at Howard University. As a committed civic philanthropist her work effectively intertwines investing in both economic development and education to build strong communities. In addition to her board role at Venture Philanthropy Partners, she serves on the boards of the DC Chamber of Commerce, the Women’s Advisory Board of the Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s Capital, the Prince George’s County Community Foundation and Girls, Inc.
Barbara Krumsiek is chair, president and CEO of Calvert Investments, Inc. As head of Calvert, she has successfully advocated on issues relating to the advancement of women in business, including efforts to increase the representation of women on corporate boards. Under her leadership, the Calvert Women’s Principles® focusing exclusively on empowering, advancing and investing in women worldwide.