Vermont Women’s Fund’s Annual Celebration, October 20

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Leader, Activist, and President and CEO of the Ms. Foundation for Women to Speak at the Vermont Women’s Fund’s Annual Celebration on October 20th

On Wednesday, October 20th, the Vermont Women’s Fund will welcome leader, activist, and advocate, Teresa Younger, president and CEO of the Ms. Foundation for Women, as the featured speaker for its 2021 Annual Celebration, hosted this year on a virtual stage.

“Since 1973, the Ms. Foundation for Women has led the way for women in the U.S.,” says Meg Smith, director of the Vermont Women’s Fund. “Calling on women to take ownership of their financial identity and put money to power through philanthropy.” She continued, “Like so many others, women in Vermont were inspired to follow in the footsteps of the Ms. Foundation for Women, and in 1994, the Vermont Women’s Fund was founded. It is a particular honor to have Ms. Younger address our Vermont audience.”

Ms. Younger has led the Ms. Foundation for Women, one of the most recognizable mission-driven women’s funds in the U.S., for the past seven years. Prior to that, she served as the executive director of the Connecticut General Assembly’s Permanent Commission on the Status of Women, as well as executive director of the ACLU of Connecticut—the first African American and the first woman to hold that position.

The October 20th Annual Celebration is hosted by the Vermont Women’s Fund, whose grantmaking advances women’s economic interests in Vermont, including the support of essential services, workforce programs, and statewide systems-change initiatives.

Event emcee Jane Lindholm of Vermont Public Radio and producer of the nationally aired series, “But Why: A Podcast for Curious Kids” will interview Ms. Younger and there will be a live Q&A for online attendees. The evening begins at 5:00 p.m. with a networking and connecting portion covering a variety of topics. The main stage will open at 5:30 p.m.

A ticket price of $25 is requested but not required. Seating is limited to 500 people. For more information, visit

The Vermont Women’s Fund is the first and largest philanthropic resource in the state founded specifically to advance women and girls in Vermont. Founded in 1994, it is a component fund of the Vermont Community Foundation and awards annual grants to nonprofits around the state that serve women and girls with programs that promote economic self-sufficiency, career development and systems change. Learn more at

The Vermont Community Foundation inspires giving and brings people and resources together to make a difference in Vermont. A family of hundreds of funds and foundations, we provide the advice, investment vehicles, and back-office expertise that make it easy for the people who care about Vermont to find and fund the causes they love. We envision Vermont at its best—where everyone has the opportunity to build a bright, secure future. Visit or call 802-388-3355 for more information. For information on our COVID-19 response, visit

Wednesday, October 20, 2021 - 5:00pm