“I want my grandchildren to grow into their careers rubbing elbows with people of color who’ve had similar educational opportunities to theirs, who can solve these cultural problems that have built walls around our communities and created barriers to success for so many people of color. We must solve these problems. Speak up! Get into mixed discussion groups with people who don’t look like you, like what WIF started at the recent ‘Social Hour for Social Issues’…”
The Buffalo, New York, native, who has lived in Charlotte since 1995, sat down with sWIFt to share more about her background, advice for WIF members, and her perfect weekend day.
Goodbye doesn’t have to be forever! Women’s Impact Fund (WIF) loves it when members come back after a break or letting their membership lapse. This past year, there have been at least six women who have rejoined after some time away from the organization. Some of their stories might make you smile or surprise you, but all are a testament to the strength and enduring importance of what WIF is, does and who we are.
When asked to describe WIF members as a whole, Sheila reflected, then shared how impressed she has been with the diversity, brilliance and empathy of the group. From her perspective, WIF is the premier women’s leadership opportunity in Charlotte for those who want to make a difference…
“I have a conscious affinity for supporting different charities in Charlotte, and viewed Women’s Impact Fund as a way to learn about a lot of charities at one time and have an impact across many fields. Women’s Impact Fund is a wonderful way to be involved in many things…”
“As I’ve driven around to nonprofits in the area, whether professionally or as part of the site visits we’ve done through the Grants Committee, I’ve first become aware of just how many nonprofits are here and, more importantly, how much many of them have done in the relatively short period of time that they’ve been around.”