Women's Fund of Southwest Iowa
Keynote Speaker: Elizabeth Smart
The abduction of Elizabeth Smart was one of the most followed child abduction cases of our time. Elizabeth was abducted on June 5, 2002, and her captors controlled her by threatening to kill her and her family if she tried to escape. Fortunately, the police safely returned Elizabeth back to her family on March 12, 2003, after being held a prisoner for 9 grueling months.
Through this traumatic experience, Elizabeth has become an advocate for change related to child abduction, recovery programs, and National legislation. Elizabeth triumphantly testified before her captor and the world about the very private nightmare she suffered during her abduction, which led to conviction.
Tentative Event Outline:
8:00am - 8:30am Check-in and Registration
8:45am - 9:45am Panel of elected women officials on Empowering Women Through Workforce Initiatives
9:45am - 10:00am Break
10:00am - 10:45am Speaker addressing Childcare in southwest Iowa
10:45am - 11:30am Speaker addressing Aging in Place in southwest Iowa
12:00pm Remarks from Donna Dostal, PCCF President & CEO
12:15pm - 1:00pm Keynote by guest speaker, Elizabeth Smart
1:15pm - 1:45pm Book signing with Elizabeth Smart
Through purposeful planning, strategic insight, and collaborative needs-assessment within the communities that make up southwest Iowa, this endowed fund supports programming designed to improve the quality of life and well-being of women and their families.
In our community, many potential partners and organizations are ready to step forward and help create solutions for women across southwest Iowa. As we move forward, our goal is to reach out and work closely with a variety of organizations to identify needs and design tangible solutions. The areas of focus may include, but are not limited to:
Increased focus on STEM initiatives, health and safety, personal finance, leadership, equity, and community engagement.
Accessible and affordable childcare and early learning programming, and access to safe and affordable transportation related to childcare.
Services focused on women’s health, safety, education, workforce equity, and well-being. Programs promoting dignity and equity for women and their children.
Programs and services designed to help women age gracefully in in their communities, including access to quality and affordable healthcare, healthy foods, exercise, placemaking, family resources, and volunteer services for women aging in place.
The way to create positive, durable change is to connect the solution with the need. The Women’s Fund of Southwest Iowa is a combination of both endowed and expendable funding within the Pottattawattamie County Community Foundation. Established in 2018, this fund serves the following counties in Iowa: Cass, Fremont, Harrison, Mills, Montgomery, Page, Pottawattamie, and Shelby.
banks family donates $100,000 to help women in southwest iowa
“Raising two daughters as a single dad gave me a unique perspective on the issues all women face that is different and more challenging than their male counterparts. My time spent working with Allan and Dianne Lozier for over 23 years greatly impacted my philosophy towards giving back to my community. This put into focus what areas of philanthropy I want to try and make a positive difference in. My hope is that by making this donation to the Women’s Fund of Southwest Iowa, it will help drive the mission and goals of this important initiative throughout southwest Iowa, including my two hometowns of Glenwood and Council Bluffs.” said Jerry Banks.
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