GREENSBORO, N.C. –Dara Richardson-Heron, chief executive officer of YWCA USA, the nation’s oldest and largest multicultural organization that promotes solutions to enhance the lives of women, girls and families, will be the keynote speaker of Women to Women’s Celebration luncheon this fall.

Dara Richardson-Heron, MD

Dara Richardson-Heron, MD


Also, sponsorships and full table purchases are remain available for the luncheon at the Joseph S. Koury Convention Center – for more information, contact Ashlee Wiley at The Community Foundation, 336.790.7769 or email 

“Dr. Richardson-Heron is a perfect fit for our event,” said Donna Griffin,” chair of this year’s luncheon. “Our program is in the middle of a three-year grant to our local YWCA, and the mission of that organization closely aligns with that of Women to Women – to assist our community’s women and their families. We’re excited that Dara will be speaking about issues relevant to the nation as a whole, and our local community in particular.”

Richardson-Heron was named CEO of YWCA USA in December 2012. Featured in The New York Times as one of four women chief executives discussing female voices in leadership, she is using her platform to lead the YWCA USA and 225 YWCA local associations, together the 25th-largest nonprofit in the nation, in building a national movement for the elimination of racism and the empowerment of women.

Richardson-Heron regularly represents the organization on Capitol Hill, at the White House and in the media. She has been featured in such media outlets as CNN, Forbes, Chronicle of Philanthropy, The Huffington Post, Nonprofit Times and Black Enterprise, among others. She has received numerous awards, including Woman of Excellence in Philanthropy, “25 Influential Black Women in Business,” and the YWCA Academy of Women Achievers.

She has been named one of the “21 Leaders for the 21st Century” and also included in the Ideagen Impact 100 list. In 2013, 2014, and 2015, she was named to The Nonprofit Times’ “Power & Influence Top 50” CEO list, and last year she was honored with the Distinguished Alumna Award from Barnard College, her alma mater. 

About Women to Women

Women to Women is an endowed grantmaking fund at The Community Foundation which focuses its support on issues relevant to women and families in Greensboro. Right now, Women to Women’s grantmaking focuses on transformative programs that assist women in establishing economic independence.

The seventh annual Celebration Luncheon continues the work of Women to Women – the first permanent grantmaking endowment of its kind in the Greensboro area. This fund was established by women for women – to help improve the lives of other women and their families in the Greensboro area.

The Women to Women fund already surpassed its initial $3-million goal and has now raised about $3.6 million in pledges and gifts toward an even higher $5-million benchmark. Once all pledges of the new $5-million goal have been fulfilled, the fund is expected to generate $200,000 annually for grant support.

This year, Women to Women is pleased to continue its partnership with the News & Record, the luncheon’s Presenting Sponsor, in presenting the News & Record Woman of the Year Award – recognizing a woman who has made a tremendous, positive impact on the Greensboro area – as well as an emerging leader on 40, the Rising Star.