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Letter from the President: Black History Month
This month we honor the enormous contributions of African Americans to the American story. As we celebrate Black History we are reminded of WGA's deepening commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), integral to our mission of becoming better strategic philanthropists and improving the lives of women and girls. In this newsletter, we showcase our DEI actions by sharing our historic support for African American women and girls.

Our DEI strategy includes providing opportunities to learn about our community's experiences with racial and ethnic disparities. To support this we:
  • Formed a "DEI committee", Co-Chaired by Ann-Marie Knight. This new position has a seat on the WGA Leadership Team.
  • Partnered with 904Ward to co-host a "Cultural Conversation" with our diverse membership. (Scroll to read more)
  • Hired a professional consultant to engage the Steering Committee in two Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Seminars. (Scroll to read more)
WGA deeply values and demonstrates diversity, equity, and inclusion in carrying out our mission. We are striving to build a future where there are no longer disparities between racial groups.

With gratitude, please know that your membership renewals and donations enable us to continue this vital and significant work. 
WGA Grants Impacting African-American Women and Girls
Celebrating the history and supporting the future.

The history of WGA's grant making exemplifies the support we have for our African American women and girls. In addition, many of our grantees' include diverse races and ethnicities within their staff and leadership, as well as their served populations. A few highlights:
  • 5 of the 8 grantees awarded in 2020 serve populations that are 74%-100% African American
  • 4 of the 8 grantees are headed by African Americans
  • 2 of the 4 remaining grantees have African American Program Coordinators
WGA continues to create partnerships with racially and ethnically diverse groups to listen and learn from their perspectives.
WGA Delighted to Welcome Our Newest Members
Jennifer Chapman, Dawn Kraft, Judith McLean, Tina Wirth, Kelly Wood

We didn't let the pandemic get in the way of enjoying coffee, conversation, and laughs together as we welcomed new members on Jan. 21st. Thank you to Charles D. Hyman & Co. for sponsoring the newly designed WGA mugs and coffee. Cheers!
Conversations Around Race
On Jan. 28th over 30 participants joined WGA for an open dialogue with 904Ward on race in our community. The event was followed by many positive responses with a consensus to continue the conversation on DEI, have more gatherings with WGA members and other community groups.

One of the survey responses stated it well: "I hope the DEI Task Force is considering ways to bring WGA members together for substantive opportunities for learning and sharing about racism with the goal of both education and advocacy to address its many facets."

The Education Committee thanks 904Ward CEO, Dr. Kimberly Allen and her team!
Mark Your Calendars for Connector Events
The Latest Downtown Connector Celebrated Pets

Guests that attended the virtual Downtown Connector on January 28 were friendly and mostly furry. We welcomed WGA members' dogs, cats and even some bears (the stuffed kind).

Jennifer Barker, Chief Operating Officer of First Coast No More Homeless Pets was our featured speaker and discussed the mission of FCNMHP in keeping families together with pets through free/low-cost veterinary services and pet food. She also discussed our WGA grant impact for the Workforce Development Program which trains at-risk, low-income young women to be Veterinary Technicians. Two program graduates were present and told of how it had changed their lives.

Get to know members and invite guests to learn about WGA. Anyone can join in any Connector gathering; you don't need to live in the designated area. And with Zoom, events are more convenient than ever!

Find your connector event below or see them all HERE.

Thursday, February 25, 2021
San Marco Connector
5:00 PM

Tuesday, March 2, 2021
Nassau County Connector
4:00 PM

Thursday, March 4, 2021
Riverside/Avondale/Ortega Connector
5:30 PM

Tuesday, March 16, 2021
Ponte Vedra/Marsh Landing Connector
7:00 PM

Tuesday, March 23, 2021
North Beaches Connector
6:30 PM

Tuesday, March 30, 2021
Mandarin/Deerwood/Orange Park Connector
5:00 PM
Upcoming WGA Events
Delores Barr Weaver Policy Center Research Series
Status of Girls in Florida Research Presentation
FEB 23, 2021 | 11:30 AM
Delores Barr Weaver Policy Center presents a 3-part research series highlighting the findings related to girls' educational attanment and racial and geographical disparities and indicators of well-being.
Learn More and Register.
Women in Leadership
Women in Leadership
March 18, 2021 | 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
LOCATION: Jessie Ball Dupont Center or Virtual
The need for more female representation at executive levels and C-suites continues, learn from women who defied the odds.
Learn More and Register.
Member Forum
Member Forum - Save the Date!
May 20, 2021 | 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
LOCATION: UNF or Virtual
This year's Member Forum has a lot to share! Yolanda Johnson, a nationally recognized leader in the field of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion will be the guest speaker.
Learn More and Register.
Renew Your WGA Membership for 2021
WGA Event News
Don't Forget - Renew your membership by April 15th!

To ensure that your contributions are counted in the current year's grants pool, please make sure your payment is received by the revised date of April 15, 2021.

Focus on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
WGA has engaged Yolanda Johnson, Founder of YFJ Consulting, to lead our Steering Committee in two Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion seminars, which will be the catalyst for further developing WGA's DEI strategy moving forward. The cost for these seminars was covered by a grant from Philanthropy Together in recognition of the time and commitment WGA is giving to advance racial equity through our giving circle and by an anonymous donor.
Member Survey is Here!
Member Survey is Here
Help inform our strategy and guide our future!

Members -
Check your inbox. The direct link to the member survey with details will be emailed to you. WGA's last member survey was in 2014, and a lot has changed, so to be most responsive to you - our members - and our community's needs we're launching an updated survey. The anonymous survey results and action plans will be shared at the May Member Forum.
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