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February 2021
WPF Happenings

Monthly Program Meeting
February 10, 2021
11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Dr. Anita Krueger, M.D.
Heart Health Awareness
Virtual Via Zoom

WPF Board of Directors Meeting
February 24, 2021
5:15 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.
Virtual via Zoom

WPFF Board of Directors Meeting

February 24, 2021
Immediately following WPF Board Meeting
Virtual via Zoom

News & Networking
*February 18, 2021
5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Lawrence Thompson
Education Strategies Manager
City of Fort Worth

*Note change of date

President's Pen


As we begin Black History Month, I think it is important to recognize the leadership of Black women and their impact on shaping the social and political consciousness of our world and our communities.
Sojourner Truth delivered her famous speech, “Ain’t I a Woman?” to the 1851 Women’s Rights Convention, which was pivotal to the suffrage movement, originally sharing many tenets with the abolitionist movement. Her words vividly contrasted the character of oppression faced by Black women of her time. Maria Stewart and Frances E. W. Harper, minimized by the later suffrage movement, continued to be major forces in shaping the women’s rights movement.
In 1944, 11 years before she refused to change her seat on the bus, Rosa Parks was active in the civil rights movement. Working with the NAACP, she investigated and initiated community campaigns against Jim Crow laws and the systemic rape of Black women.
In the 60’s Ella Baker promoted a model of participatory democracy with the hallmark concepts of grassroots organizing, decentralized leadership and consciousness raising. These tools are applied in new ways by organizers like Stacey Abrams in her “Fair Fight” campaign to expand voting to all eligible citizens. Baker also coined the credo “the personal is political".

In 1968, Shirley Chisholm was the first Black woman elected to the United States Congress, opening the door to an arduous path for other Black women in politics.

Alice Walker, Maya Angelou and Beyoncé used literature and the arts to introduce and promote Black perspectives of women's rights, equality and inclusion in American culture.

Many other Black women impacted the civil rights and women's movements throughout history. As Women's Policy Forum Chair, I encourage each of us to continue learning about Black history as well as embracing the opportunities for advancement and inclusion.

I will be sharing the report from our strategic planning session this week. We committed to investigate system issues in our communities, providing educational engagements, and creating advocating opportunities for our members. Please watch your email for the report.


Cathy Holt, Chair

Monthly Program Meeting

Wednesday, February 10, 2021
11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Heart Health Awareness & Preventive Methods

In recognition of American Heart Month, we'll learn about the importance of heart health awareness and preventive methods, the difference in heart health among minority women and what political platforms are in place to increase access to treatment and how that affects equity and inclusion.

Dr. Anita Krueger, M.D.
Cardiac & Thoracic Surgeon
Baylor Scott & White Heart and Vascular Hospital

There is no cost to attend but please register here to receive the Zoom link. Guests are welcome but must register in order to receive the Zoom link.
News & Networking


News & Networking is an opportunity for members to gather together to discuss news, trends & timely topics after hours in a relaxed, non-formal setting. If you have difficulty making the monthly membership meetings, News & Networking may be for you.

Thursday, February 18, 2021 (please note the change of date)
5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Guest Speaker Lawrence Thompson
Education Strategies Manager
City of Fort Worth

Feel free to pour yourself a glass of wine and log in to this virtual meeting!
There is no cost but please RSVP here to receive the log-in link.

Please welcome WPF's first new member of 2021, Kristin Sullivan!

Kristin works as Communications Manager at Fort Worth Housing Solutions. She currently serves on the: Board of Deacons, Broadway Baptist Church; Journalism Advisory Board, Meadows School of the Arts; and Van Cliburn Foundation Advisory Board, Fort Worth. Prior to her current role, she was the Executive Director, JPS Foundation and the Founding Executive Director or Read Fort Worth. Kristin says, "I am best when actively engaged in work that keeps organizations moving forward."

Welcome, Kristin!
Members in the News

Building a Business Case for Nonprofit Board Diversity

Many thanks to WPF member, Pam Cannell of BoardBuild for this excellent article.

How to Write a Nonprofit Executive Summary

Thanks to WPF member, Michelle Crim of Dynamic Development Strategies, for this timely article!
Other News & Announcements

North Texas Community Foundation is seeking grant proposals from nonprofit organizations and municipal entities working to achieve a more equitable community for all. The Community Foundation’s hope is that grants made from the Fund to Advance Racial Equity will drive changes in practice – systemic, institutional and individual – to eliminate racial bias and discrimination that will ultimately lead to more equitable outcomes. Proposals are being accepted through March 5, 2021. For more information, please visit:
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