2016 Women to Women Celebration Luncheon

A special thanks to our generous sponsors

Presenting Sponsor

News and Record

Platinum Sponsor


Gold Sponsors

Best Logistics Group

Dessert Sponsor

Ward Black Law

Silver Sponsors

Bank of America


Bronze Sponsors

The Fresh Market

YWCA Greensboro

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, shined as the keynote speaker of Women to Women’s Celebration luncheon. The seventh annual Celebration Luncheon continued 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.

Dara Richardson-Heron at podium

Dara Richardson-Heron shares a story with the attendees of the luncheon.

In addition to the speaker, luncheon attendees conversed with entrepreneurs from YWCA Passion to Purse program. Booths located on the perimeter of the room showcased items from cupcakes and gluten-free cookies to spa products. As we celebrated the last year of funding from this three-year grant, the women graduated from a class that taught topics from the fundamentals of business plans to providing mentoring and coaching. During her visit to Greensboro, Dara Richardson-Heron met with women during a pre-event reception at YWCA Greensboro the evening before the luncheon.

Women to Women awarded grants to: BackPack Beginnings—Food Pantry Program Expansion for $5,000; Freedom House—The “Transforming Lives” Aftercare Program for $5,000; Reading Connections, Inc.—Family Literacy Program for $5,000; UNCG’s Center for New North Carolinians—UMOJA Women (Women Opportunities for Mentorship and Economic Networking); The Queen’s Foundation Inc.---Queen’s Academy for $25,000; and United Way of Greater Greensboro’s Family Success Center for $25,000.

The presenting sponsor of the luncheon, the News & Record introduced us to two amazing women. For her work with homelessness in Guilford, the News & Record Woman of the Year Selection Committee chose Michelle Kennedy as the 2016 News & Record Woman of the Year. Kennedy is the executive director of the Interactive Resource Center.

Two ladies pose with an award

Michelle Kennedy (left) accepts the News & Record Woman of the Year Award from Keely Duckworth, Operations Manager at the News & Record.

The committee awarded the 2016 News & Record Rising Star to Catherine Johnson. The Rising Star recognizes the contributions of younger women in the community. Johnson is the founding director of the Guilford County Family Justice Center.

Woman Shown Listening to Speech

Catherine Johnson, News & Record Rising Star, listens to the insightful presentation of the keynote speaker.

We awarded our first multi-year grant – as well as our largest one to date – to YWCA Greensboro to launch their Passion to Purse program. With seven years of support and grantmaking, listen to these women to learn the impact of your gift.



We look forward to seeing you next year on October 16, 2017.