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“If you always give, you will always have.” –Chinese proverb

Fly free. Liberate your soul. Feel the positive energy within you. All it takes is something so eloquently simple; something so profoundly powerful; something so indelibly inspirational to move the world or even one person in it… giving.

Today, according to a study by the Women’s Philanthropy Institute and the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University, women’s rising earning power and education levels have made them more charitable than men at every income level. Yes, women’s philanthropy is changing the world! And, it seems that it always has.


From Madam C.J. Walker (1867-1919), the African-American entrepreneur, philanthropist and the first woman self-made millionaire in the US who made monetary contributions to the NAACP, the YMCA, orphanages, retirement homes and to save the house of abolitionist Frederick Douglass, to Peggy Guggenheim (1898-1979), who used her vast wealth to support artists such as Max Ernst, Man Ray and Marcel Duchamp, and present-day philanthropists such as Oprah Winfrey, Melinda Gates and Susan Buffett, women continue to shape the world of philanthropy in ways men never have.


Q&A-with-Louise-bannerColumbia, SC August Launch Meeting 2014

Q: How can Local Chapters help build your success and take you on the path to achievement?

A: There are many factors that go into becoming a success in your professional and personal life, however, the one necessary factor is taking action. Most people miss out on reaching their full potential because they never start! They are always preparing, planning and waiting for the best time to begin. Well, the time is now! I highly recommend attending Local Chapter events to start you on your path to success. Through shared support, empowerment and connections with the women you meet, you’ll open doors to possibilities you may have never explored before.




After joining NAPW in 2010, I became part of the Leadership Team under the new Chicago Chapter President. The following year, she stepped down.

Since 2004, I’ve held a sales position with my family’s business, Accurate Color & Compounding. After reading several success books and working with a business coach, I desired to gain leadership experience so I could put all that I learned into action. Unfortunately, there were no positions at the family business for me to move into at the time. So, I added this new goal to my list and purchased a name plate for my desk that says, “Megan Wessels, President,” so I would have a daily visual reminder of my goal. Two months later, I received a call from NAPW with an offer to be the next Chicago Chapter President!


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Driving Our Economy

“You have to imagine it possible before you can see something. You can have the evidence right in front of you, but if you can’t imagine something that has never existed before, it’s impossible.”
Rita Dove, first African-American poet laureate of the US

It’s been said that we must understand where we come from in order to know where we are headed. So, let’s step back in time for a moment and note some pivotal years for women.


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Mae C. Jemison

“Don’t let anyone rob you of your imagination, your creativity or your curiosity. It’s your place in the world; it’s your life. Go on and do all you can with it, and make it the life you want to live.”
Mae C. Jemison, first African-American woman astronaut

As the artist contemplates hue, form and composition, every brushstroke carefully considered and placed accordingly, her vision slowly takes shape. Her eloquent voice resounds off the canvas while she paints with freedom, spirit, character and courage, understanding that whether critics appreciate her view or not, it is her masterpiece… it is her grand achievement… and that’s what matters most.