- WomenTalk – Women on the Rise: Stories from a Movement – January 24, 2018
Our panelists led a powerful discussion on the cultural and political shifts happening in Chester County, with women at the helm of the movement. Conversation focused on reaching out to friends, colleagues and neighbors – despite party affiliation – to find common ground. We were also encouraged to support female candidates whose beliefs resonate with us or even run for office ourselves! Thank you to panelists She Can Win founder Jasmine Sessoms, Chesco Treasurer Patricia Maisano, citizen and activist Kate Young and moderator Nia Meeks – communications consultant and political analyst – for leading a thoughtful discussion. The full video is available on our Facebook page and presentation notes can be found here.
- Women Talk: Yes, All Women! – March 2, 2017
Educational consultant Juliana Mosley, WCU student Lilah Saber and former PA State Representative Barbara McIlvaine Smith led the group through a discussion about how women can leverage commonalities rather than stand divided because of differences.
- We Can Do Better – April 24, 2017
Chester County Fund for Women and Girls, in partnership with Downingtown Mayor Josh Maxwell, invited local men to join a select group of local leaders to support ending gender-based violence in Chester County. The event took place at Victory Brewing Company in Downington from 4-5:30 PM.
- Making a Difference Luncheon – May 5th, 2017
Each year the Making a Difference Luncheon grows in size and popularity. Coming from across the Philadelphia region, generous corporate and individual sponsors, along with enthusiastic attendees, overwhelm CCFWG with their incredible passion and support for our mission.
- Women Talk: Women’s Healthcare Panel – June 21, 2017
Seasoned local public health professionals and advocates convened at the CCFWG office for a timely discussion on women’s health, as well as steps we can all take to protect access to vital care and services in our communities. Click here for resources on how to stay updated and involved in local healthcare discussions. You can also access a recording of the panel discussion on our YouTube channel.
- Community Fest: Fall Fun Celebrating the Fund – October 14, 2017
CCFWG hosted a community event in celebration of our 20th anniversary of improving the lives of women and girls in Chester County. The family event featured live music, craft vendors, activities for kids, food trucks and local nonprofits eager to share information with residents on how to get involved in their communities. Click here for photos from the day.
- Women Talk: Yes, All Women! Part II – October 17, 2017
A follow up to our successful ‘Yes, All Women!’ event last March, this second multi-generational dialogue was led by returning facilitator Juliana Mosley. The event took place at the First Presbyterian Church in West Chester and discussion centered on how women from all generations can leverage commonalities rather than remain divided by differences. Around 45 women from a range of backgrounds and experiences united for conversation on current race and gender topics.
- Making a Difference Luncheon – May 6th, 2016
Business leaders, individuals, and community partners joined to raise needed resources for women and girls. T. Morgan Dixon inspired the audience and Moira Mumma was honored.
- The State of Women in Chester County – May 12th, 2016
This was a morning devoted to exploring women’s issues in our region in relation to business, social service and education. The 2016 Blueprint Report was launched, an in-depth community needs assessment looking at life in Chester County through a gender lens.
- Grants Celebration – June 14th, 2016
In 2016, we awarded $255,000 in grants to 23 Chester County agencies supporting women and girls. We gathered at the Gables at Chadds Ford to celebrate the essential work done by our grantee-partners, who work every day to better the lives of women and girls in our communities.
- Pretty Old – April 24th, 2015
Women and men from across Chester County gathered at the Downingtown Area Senior Center to view Pretty Old, which was “a profound and intimate look into what it truly means to age beautifully.” The film was directed by Walter Matteson, and has received numerous awards, including the Santa Barbara International Film Festival’s Best Documentary Award.
- Girl Talk – April 19th, 2015
CCFWG joined forces with Minding Your Mind and invited Chester County teens to the Westtown School to learn how to manage stress and anxiety, build healthy relationships, identify the symptoms of depression, challenge perfectionism, and how to help friends. The girls both participated in discussion and heard the inspirational, real-life testimonies of four young women who overcame significant obstacles.
- Women Talk
- Nell Rose Phillips from the Resilient Mind spoke to a group of women over lunch about her five keys to surviving stress in December, 2014.
- Chester County women gathered to celebrate Women’s History Month by learning about the women who have shaped our past through discussion and trivia, all while grabbing some lunch in March, 2015.
- Marissa Hammond, a Health and P.E. Instructor joined CCFWG to go inside the mind of a teenager in August, 2015. We discussed what teenage girls are asking about their bodies, sex, and health relationships.
- CCFWG partnered with the “Your Body, Your Rights” program at the ACLU to teach the community about teen’s rights to get healthcare and mental health services in October, 2015. To learn more visit their website.
- Michele Paiva, a wellness professional with over 25 years experience, licensed psychotherapist and yoga therapist, joined CCFWG in December, 2015 to explore how trauma or stress can be a superpower by transferring it to vitality and health. To learn more about Michele’s work visit her website.
- We had a non-partisan discussion of issues affecting women in 2016 and their impact on the upcoming presidential election in March, 2016.
- A nonpartisan panel discussion on key issues for women in this campaign season moderated by Barbara McIlvaine Smith, former member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in October, 2016
- A panel discussion about “allyship” in response to heightened concerns of violence, hate and intimidation featuring Rev. Caroline Cupp, Lisa Fraser, Nina Guzman, Homa Tavanger, Aneesah Smith and Dolly Wideman-Scott. See the Action Items and Resources from this panel in December, 2016.
- Connection Event
- Women gathered to discuss the concept of power in November, 2015. Colleen Bracken from Bracken Leadership helped us learn what types of power we have, and how we can use that power more effectively to lead and influence.
- We gathered at the Kennett Area Senior Center in March, 2016 for a lively discussion among women across five different generations. Dr. Michele Belliveau, Chair of West Chester University’s Social Work Department helped us explore how women can come together in order to build intergenterational relationships and to create opportunities for each woman to share her own HERstory.
- No Woman, No Cry – February 25th, 2015
Women from across Chester County gathered at West Chester University’s Sykes Theater for conversation and the showing of Christy Turlington Burns’ groundbreaking documentary, No Woman, No Cry. CCFWG Partnered with the Maternal and Child Health Consortium to show this documentary which “seeks to increase dialogue and action on issues of maternal and child health.” A panel followed the movie with representatives from La Comunidad Hispana, Maternal and Child Health Consortium, the Fund, and Chester County.
- Pink Ribbons, Inc. – October 7th, 2014
This breast cancer documentary gives the inside story of the commercialization of a charitable cause and the impact on the real-life women who fight breast cancer. CCFWG and Unite for HER brought this thought-provoking film to the Colonial Theater.