March 25th: Join Us for the F-GIRL Top Tier Award Ceremony!

Congratulations again to the winners of Philanthropy Women’s inaugural Feminist Giving In Real Life (F-GIRL) Top Tier Award! We will be celebrating our winners and their work in feminist giving with a virtual awards ceremony at 2:00 PM ET on Thursday, March 25th.

This virtual celebration will feature all three winners and members of the Philanthropy Women team, as we celebrate the winners’ accomplishments and start a conversation on the future of feminist giving.

The event features Elizabeth Yntema, Founder and President of Dance Data Project, Dr. Tessie San Martin, President and CEO, Plan International USA, and Sara Monteabaro, Director of Strategic & Partner programs at MIT Solve. We will crown our F-GIRL recipients and allow them each to share about their mission to bring more gender equality to the world.

We are delighted to facilitate this new conversation surrounding the future of feminist giving! Besides honoring the inaugural class of our Feminist Giving In Real Life (F-GIRL) Top Tier Award, this event will focus on a collaborative panel discussion looking toward the future. Together, we’ll look back on the campaigns and causes that formed the basis of these incredible women’s interviews, and identify the ways the COVID and post-COVID worlds have and will impacted feminist giving.

In October 2020, Sara Monteabaro had just been appointed the new Director of Strategic & Partner Programs at MIT Solve. With six months of the role under her belt, Monteabaro can speak to the changes MIT Solve has seen because of COVID, and the ways we are working together to move past it.

Dr. Tessie San Martin spoke to us in January of 2020, before “COVID” and “the new normal” were even buzzwords. In her interview, she described the women’s events and leadership opportunities that have brought her to where she is today — and now, we’re one step further along in the “marathon” toward gender equality, but how many steps back have we taken due to the pandemic?

Elizabeth Yntema, our top-voted winner of the Feminist Giving In Real Life (F-GIRL) Top Tier Award, also spoke to us in January of last year. Her nonprofit, Dance Data Project, promotes “equity in all aspects of classical ballet by providing a metrics-based analysis through our database while showcasing women-led companies, festivals, competitions, venues, special programs and initiatives.” In January of last year, the organization had just celebrated two years in motion — how has a landmark year affected the dance world, and the future of equity within it?

We’ll discuss all of these questions and more during the first Philanthropy Women Awards Ceremony on Thursday, March 25th. Again, we want to offer our most heartfelt congratulations to the winners of the Feminist Giving In Real Life (F-GIRL) Top Tier Award!

You don’t want to miss this one of a kind event: We encourage you to register early, as seats are limited! Grab your spot by registering at this link.

We’ll see you in the comments!

About Sara Monteabaro: Sara Monteabaro is Director of Strategic & Partner Programs at MIT Solve. In this role, she works with Solve community members and partners to develop custom open innovation challenges and programs. Previously, Sara led Solve’s Learning Community where she worked to cultivate a robust community of innovators, cross-sector leaders, and change-makers dedicated to improving learning opportunities and access to quality education around the world. Prior to joining Solve, Sara served as the inaugural Morton L. Mandel Presidential Fellow at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellow at Partnership for a Secure America and has worked at the Clinton Global Initiative, Council on Foreign Relations, and CRCC Asia Ltd., a global recruitment consultancy firm in Beijing, China. Sara holds an MS from New York University and a BA from American University.

About Dr. Tessie San Martin: Dr. Tessie San Martin leads Plan International USA, an international humanitarian and development organization that partners with adolescent girls and children around the world to overcome oppression and gender inequality, providing the support and resources that are unique to their needs and the needs of their communities, ensuring they achieve their full potential with dignity, opportunity & safety. She has more than 30 years of experience working as an executive in international development, focused especially on economic growth and political reform, including work in public and private sectors, bilateral and multilateral development agencies, and academia.

About Elizabeth Yntema: Elizabeth Yntema is president and founder of the Dance Data Project. She is a member of WTTW (Chicago PBS), the Advisory Board of the Trust for Public Land in Illinois and the Board of Directors of the Chicago Shakespeare Theatre. She is a past member of numerous organizations in the Chicagoland area, including the Joffrey Ballet, Hubbard Street Dance Company, Women’s Bar Association, Winnetka Board of the Northwestern Settlement House and the Children’s Home and Aid Society and the Junior League of Chicago, where she was named Volunteer of the Year for her work advocating for homeless women and children. Yntema has underwritten ballets for the Joffrey Ballet and Hubbard Street Dance Company. In May 2018, the American Ballet Theatre announced the launch of its ABT Women’s Movement, a multi-year initiative supporting the creation of new works by female choreographers for the company. Yntema, along with the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation and Rockefeller Brothers Fund, was an initial principal sponsor for this initiative and continues to provide support. Read more about her work and DDP on the nonprofit’s site


And The Winners Are: Announcing the Feminist Giving IRL Top Tier

Sara Monteabaro’s Mission for Women & Girls with MIT Solve

This is a Marathon: Dr. Tessie San Martin on Leading for Girls

Own Your Power: Elizabeth Yntema on Gender Equality in Dance

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