As funders, we go to conferences and talk about our grantees, but our grantees are rarely in the room. I felt the conversations were going nowhere. I realized I could bring a group of incredibly dynamic grassroots women leaders into this space, where they can spend five days engaging and talking with people from all over the globe about poverty alleviation, collaboration, professional development, capacity building, and so much more. Some of these women have never heard of professional development because they tend to be selfless and don’t choose their work; it chooses them.
Excerpted from philanthrofiles.org.