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2016 Keynote Speaker: Sheryl WuDunn

Sheryl WuDunnWomen Helping Women Fund is pleased to welcome Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and best-selling author, Sheryl WuDunn, as the featured speaker at the Women Helping Women Fund 24th annual luncheon on May 16, 2016.

With her husband, Nicholas Kristof, Ms. WuDunn is a co-author of "A Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunity," a New York Times best-selling book about altruism and how to bring about change in our society using evidence-based strategies. "A Path Appears" has been made into a three-part PBS documentary – view the trailer here. The pair also co-authored "Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide," a No. 1 New York Times best-selling book about the challenges facing women around the globe.

The story that Ms. WuDunn shares is important in both our community and around the world. Ms. WuDunn uncovers some of the harshest forms of gender-based oppression, while at the same time highlighting the individuals working to tackle these complex issues. Ms. WuDunn makes a compelling argument that even one individual can make a profound impact, while also exploring proven methods to bring about change for women in the United States and abroad.

 
Hillyard Youth Collaborative

Every time a child drops out of high school, the entire community loses. For that child, the consequences are profound. Research shows high school dropouts have a harder time finding and keeping a job. They earn less money over their lifetime and are far more likely to land in prison than their better-educated peers. They are more likely to become teenage parents. Even their life expectancy is shortened.

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The Gift of a Lifetime: Sherry Knott

Sherry Martin Knott didn't set out to be a pioneer. She simply needed a day job, to fund her work as an artist and support herself. Her typing skills were lackluster, so instead of applying to be a secretary at Spokane's Merrill Lynch office in the 70's, she applied to be a stockbroker. "They setup her office in a closet, not expecting she would ever make it," recalls Knott's husband, Frank. "She was very smart. She passed all the tests. Then they gave her a phone book and told her to get started." "It was not easy," adds Sherry's best friend Jan Wigen, "It wasn't easy working in male-dominated fields. She worked tirelessly." Sherry persevered, becoming one of the first female stockbrokers in Spokane and turning that "day job" into a career as one of Merrill Lynch's highest producers for 35+ years.

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Spotlight on... Spokane YoungLives, 2014-2015 WHWF Grant Recipient

It's 5 AM and your alarm is going off. You roll out of bed, get ready for the day and head to work. For many of us, it's a familiar routine. But now imagine you're only 15 years old and a single mother. You have little to no income and before you head to school, you first take a city bus to drop your baby off at daycare, then a second city bus to school. You do it again at the end of the day to get your baby and yourself home. It's an exhausting schedule but you have a support system that helps you stick with it, and you reach your goal of graduating from high school.

Read more: Spotlight on... Spokane YoungLives, 2014-2015 WHWF Grant Recipient