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Women in Development (WiD), New York’s programs enable members to network with colleagues, expand their knowledge, and further their career advancement. Programs throughout the year draw on the talent of leading experts from a broad range of New York’s nonprofit organizations and are designed to:


  • Promote professional development and leadership.
  • Provide networking opportunities for career growth and support.
  • Inspire women to achieve and share their successes.


For a schedule of upcoming programs, please here to view our current Calendar of Events.
WiD programs include:

Luncheons are usually held on the first Monday in October, November, February, and April. A 30-minute reception precedes each event, affording guests the opportunity to make connections with members of WiD’s dynamic network.  During the luncheons, notable speakers from the worlds of fundraising, philanthropy and related fields share their experiences and insights into techniques and methods for success.  Luncheons are some of WiD’s most popular events.  Typically, 200 women representing a spectrum of NYC’s most prominent institutions attend to network and learn from the dynamic presenters.  Recent speakers include Ann Ziff, Chairman of the Board of the Metropolitan Opera, Caryl Stern, President and CEO of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, Emily Tow Jackson, Executive Director and Board President of The Tow Foundation and Stacy Palmer, Editor of The Chronicle of Philanthropy.

Woman of Achievement Award Luncheon is WiD’s signature event, held each spring, to recognize a distinguished colleague who has demonstrated extraordinary service to the field and a commitment to furthering the place of women in philanthropy. Our 2016 Woman of Achievement is Debra LaMorte, Senior Vice President for Development and Alumni Affairs, New York University.  Among the many notable past honorees are Cecile Richards, President, Planned Parenthood Federation of America and the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, Aileen Hefferren, Executive Director, Prep for Prep, Karen Brooks Hopkins, President, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Emily Rafferty, President of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Myra Biblowit, President of the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, Ana L. Oliveira, President & CEO, The New York Women’s Foundation, Paula Kerger, President and CEO, PBS and Dr. Vishakha Desai, President of The Asia Society. Each year, our honorees and their presenters inspire an audience of over 300 guests by sharing stories about their notable achievements.

Meet the Philanthropists Panel Discussion features a lively panel discussion with noted female philanthropists, who shed light on some of the key issues and considerations they address in their charitable giving.  The panelists provide candid insight into how their individual and personal experiences influence their giving decisions.


Moving Up/ Moving On Workshop offers new perspectives on career advancement and personal fulfillment strategies to at least 150 attendees every year. A panel of experts presents their perspectives and advice on the chosen topic, and then the session is open to Q&A.  Past topics have included finding a job with the right “fit,” effective branding, recruitment strategies, mastering the interview and evaluating and navigating career changes. 

I to I”:  A Structured Networking Experience  Grab a handful of your business cards and learn firsthand how to expand your network, land a new job, re-brand yourself, lead a team, and much more in this unique, participatory workshop held in early spring of every year. Attendees have the opportunity to make genuine contacts and discuss meaningful topics in small group discussions.

Meet-Ups provide invaluable opportunities for development professionals, both seasoned and new to the field, to meet and exchange ideas in an informal evening setting. Typically 75 women attend to make new connections and expand their networks. These programs are particularly popular among young professionals and women who are seeking employment and/or transitioning to the development field.

Executive Leadership Forum an invaluable professional development opportunity for development professionals with 15 or more years in the field.  The Executive Leadership Forum features a networking reception and panel of prominent leaders and philanthropists.  Recent speakers include Paula Kerger (PBS), Ana Oliveira (New York Women’s Foundation) and Mary Schmidt Campbell (NYU Tisch); recent panel topics include  “Managing Up/Being Managed Up: How CEOs Work Effectively with Board Members and Senior Staff” and “Leading with Vision and Passion: How Effective Board Members Motivate their Peers.”

Insider Breakfast Series invite WiD members to learn about the inner workings of some of NYC’s largest nonprofit organizations and for profit companies providing services to the nonprofit sector. These events are invaluable opportunities for organizations to make connections with some of the most promising talent in the non profit field. Past hosts include the French Institute Alliance Francaise, 92nd Street Y, Columbia University Development Office, Girls Scouts of the USA, CCS and NYU. 

President Council Programs
The WiD President Council is comprised of fundraising professionals who have 20+ years of experience in the field.  Programs are tailored to this group’s mutual interests.




What Members Say...What Members Say...

I joined WiD because I am really interested in growing as a professional and networking with the wider field. My background is primarily as a proposal writer, and I’m looking to build partnerships with others in development. 

I really want to transition to Major Gift Fundraising, and your organization is my first step.

If you want to become a powerful negotiator, attend WiD's programs!  WiD's presenters are eager to teach the next generation of fundraisers how to realize their full potential.  It's inspiring to learn from the best!