Past Programs


This year, Equal Pay Day fell on Tuesday, April 4th. We invited the community to share their experiences and perspectives during the week of April 3rd to raise awareness about the gender pay gap by participating in #WageWeek. During #WageWeek community partners hosted Gender By Us™ conversations through the lens of the wage gap to elevate the dialogue and drive solutions. 

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Women & Philanthropy

On September 27 we brought Tuti Scott, philanthropic speaker, coach, and facilitator, to Columbus for an interactive day of conversation around gender, power, and philanthropy for our annual Women and Philanthropy program. 

Tuti Scott is a leader and mentor for women and a catalyst for strategic philanthropic giving. An energetic speaker, trainer, and thought leader, Tuti's work inspires people and organizations to up the level of their leadership and to create and fund change within systems and cultures. 




#WageArt Equal Pay Day 2016



On April 12, 2016 we partnered with Columbus Museum of Art for #WageArt, a day-long event to make the gender wage gap more visible and to position the role of art in generating awareness, culminating in an evening panel discussion around the gender gap within the art world and the pay gap overall. Museum admission for the day was adjusted for men and women to reflect gender income inequality; women will be charged 78% of the normal ticket cost. 

Panel moderated by Deborah Aubert Thomas, Philanthropy Ohio Vice President, Programs & Learning

Panelists included:

Keturah A. Bobo, Artist/Entrepreneur

Nichole E. Dunn, The Women's Fund of Central Ohio, President & CEO

Nannette Maciejunes, CMA Executive Director

Thanks to our program sponsors Barnes & Thornburg and Sequent; and our media sponsor Dispatch Media Group. 


Inspiring Philanthropy: Tracy Gary

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Thank you to Tracy Gary for coming to Columbus and sharing your voice, insight, and inspirational philanthropy with over 200 people in the community. 

Tracy Gary is a donor activist and philanthropist for more than 25 years. She educates and supports donors, family foundations, financial service organizations, and nonprofits about the stewardship of money, leadership, and philanthropy. 

Thanks to our sponsors Diamond Hill, The Columbus Foundation, and Fifth Third Bank for their support and commitment to the power of giving.

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On April 8th, we hosted a moderated panel discussion to explore the pay gap for women and minorities. The conversation focused on entrepreneurship as a way of leveling the playing field. Local women business owners shared how these individuals converted their passions to a paycheck, the responsibility to self and team that comes with being a business owner, and what that meant for each of them.

Panelists Included: 

Pannsy Brown, Founder and Chief Creative Officer of Kenbur

Mollie Fankhauser, Co-Owner of Kittie’s Cakes

Lori Kaiser, Founder and CEO of Lori Kaiser Consulting

Allie Lehman, owner/ founder of The Wonder Jam, Creative Director and Co-Founder of Death to the Stock Photo


Women in Philanthropy Summit


On March 3rd and 4th, The Women's Fund partnered with Otterbein University, Philanthropy Ohio, and Benefactor Group to host two international keynote speakers.

Dr. Musimbi Kanyoro, President and CEO of the Global Fund for Women and Katie Koch, Senior Portfolio Strategist & Chief of Staff, Goldman Sachs will provide the foundation for a powerful two day summit that will emphasize the role investing in women plays in our society.

It was an engaging and insightful two day summit that looked at philanthropy and the power of giving through a gender lens. 

She's Beautiful When She's Angry

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On January 27, The Women’s Fund hosted a screening of the powerful documentary She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry at Gateway Film Center. This was an exclusive showing that was followed by a moderated discussion.

The film, directed by Mary Dore, documents the trials and successes for women’s movements across generations. Women’s liberation movements, whether for women’s suffrage or reproductive rights, have been a long courageous journey and She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry perfectly captures the heart and spirit of women collectively seeking social, political, and economic justice. Beginning with the founding of NOW (National Organization for Women) the documentary takes the audience along the journey of women finding their voice and inspiring other women and organizations.


Woman As_______


Opening in December 2014 at Tacocat Cooperative “Woman As____” exhibit combines art and female empowerment. Creative Arts of Women (CAW) and The Women’s Fund, share a passion to inspire and empower all women. So, for the month of December through mid-January we have come together to display our united belief in women for the community.

CAW is a group of professional artists representing a wide range of disciplines including: performance, sculpture, installation, photography, ceramics, painting, and printmaking. As one of the premier women’s arts groups in Columbus, CAW is committed to being a safe place for women to be nurtured in their artistic goals.

Thanks to our program sponsor, Compton Construction.

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Women & Philanthropy

In partnership with JPMorgan Chase and The Columbus Foundation we hosted a discussion focused on women from all different backgrounds and the different ways that they show up in our community as philanthropists. It was a conversation about women as philanthropists, not just philanthropy for women and girls. The evening will began with a presentation by J.P. Morgan Private Bank’s Philanthropy Centre, and was followed by a panel moderated by Sally Crane. It is a powerful conversation to be had and one that can transform our community to consciously elevate the power of women and the influence that can happen.

Barbara K. Fergus Lecture Series: Alyssa Mastromonaco

At the beginning of November, The Women’s Fund sponsored The Barbara K. Fergus Lecture series featuring Alyssa Mastromonaco, former Deputy Chief of Staff for Operation at the White House. Alyssa shared her leadership experience, what it's like to be in such a high position, her inner strength, and what allowed her to manage some of the most powerful people in America. And, our own President & CEO, Nichole Baum Dunn was able to interview Alyssa. The conversation was held with the John Glenn School and brought together 500 students and guests from around the community.

Anita: Speaking Truth to Power

This November we partnered with The Ohio State University to bring Anita Hill and filmmaker Freida Mock to Columbus for a screening of Anita: Speaking Truth to Power.

Anita: Speaking Truth to Power courageously sheds light on Anita Hill’s experiences that led her to testify in the Clarence Thomas hearings. The screening of the documentary was followed by a Q&A with Anita Hill and Freida Mock, moderated by Ohio State’s Wendy Smooth.


Gender Norms

Earlier in 2014, The Women’s Fund partnered with The Columbus Foundation to bring Riki Wilchins, Executive Director of TrueChild to introduce Gender Norms to Columbus through a variety of venues with a wide audience. With her visit Riki opened up a dialogue around what it means to use a gender lens and how gender impacts our community.

Being aware of gender, or using a gender lens, is vital to understanding an issue. To address an issue at its core, gender norms must be understood, addressed and challenged. Traditional rigid gender norms influence the behavior of boys, men, girls and women and can impact social outcomes from education, to healthcare, and beyond. Because of this, The Women’s Fund of Central Ohio is expanding its work beyond Gender Lens into Gender Norms; encouraging our grant partners and informing our community engagement and advocacy in the role of Gender Norms and how to move forward in addressing them. When you address Gender Norms, you get sustainable and root cause outcomes.

Equal Pay Day: Leaning Into Your Full Potential

For the past two years The Women’s Fund has partnered with Columbus Young Professionals to raise awareness around Equal Pay Day. Equal Pay Day is marked annually to signify the wage gap between women and men in our country, a woman must work 15 months to earn as much as a man over 12 months.

Most recently, on April 8th 2014 The Women’s Fund, in partnership with Columbus Young Professionals, hosted an interactive panel discussion which took a proactive approach to eliminating inequities in pay, and how to fully engage young professionals’ potential and worth in the workplace.

The conversation was moderated by Aisha Allen, Director of Sales Coaching and Development at Nationwide, and panelists were: Kris Cannon-Jackson, Training Coordinator for the City of Columbus; Catherine Lang-Cline, President and Co-Founder of Portfolio Creative; and Tanya Menon, Associate Professor of Management & Human Resources at the Fisher College of Business.

Thanks to our program sponsor, Fifth Third Bank.

Girl Rising

In December 2013, the Women’s Fund presented the documentary Girl Rising in partnership with Columbus City Preparatory School for Girls and Columbus School for Girls. The documentary highlights the stories of nine girls, and the power of education to change the world. This marks the first partnership between the Columbus City Preparatory School for Girls and Columbus School for Girls, and an opportunity to share the Women’s Fund with a new audience.

Thanks to our program sponsor, The Puffin Foundation.

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In September of 2013 The Women’s Fund and YWCA Columbus hosted Katie Koch from Goldman Sachs United Kingdom in the YWCA Ballroom. Katie discussed the strategic case for international investment in women and girls. The message stands– “when you invest in women you improve the world.”

Katie was asked to go out and find the best investment for GDP growth over the next 2 decades. She came back and said the answer was to invest in social change for women and girls. You really can’t make this kind of thing up! Katie’s findings connect to what we are doing locally and why investing in women and girls is really a global solution.

Thanks to our program sponsor, Alliance Data.


Branded was a collaborative partnership between The Women’s Fund, Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation, Greater Columbus Sports Commission, and YWCA Columbus in August of 2013 at the AMC Lennox 24 movie theater. The purpose of the screening was to educate and raise awareness around female athletes and the anniversary of Title IX. ESPN W’s Nine for IX series featured 9 documentaries related to Title IX directed by women. This last installment of the series, “Branded,” exposed the commercialization of female athletes. We closed the evening with a panel featuring ESPN W executive Carol Stiff, OSU coaches and athletes, to reflect on the points in the film.

Miss Representation

In the fall of 2012 we hosted an evening at the Arena Grand Theatre to watch a screening of Miss Representation and convene a community conversation. Written and directed by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, the documentary Miss Representation exposes how mainstream media contribute to the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America. The film challenges the media’s limited and often disparaging portrayals of women and girls, which make it difficult for women to achieve leadership positions and for the average woman to feel powerful herself.

In a society where media is the most persuasive force shaping cultural norms, the collective message that our young women and men overwhelmingly receive is that a woman’s value and power lie in her youth, beauty, and sexuality, and not in her capacity as a leader. While women have made great strides in leadership over the past few decades, the United States is still 90th in the world for women in national legislatures, women hold only 3% of clout positions in mainstream media, and 65% of women and girls have disordered eating behaviors.

Thanks to our program sponsor, The Puffin Foundation.