June 18, 2014

Women Empowering Women to Innovate, Lead and Succeed

The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia has launched a new Business Women’s Giving Circle, the first group of its kind in the region comprised of women who are successful business leaders looking to empower girls and women of all ages through philanthropy in the Northern Virginia region.

The giving circle is comprised of 26 founding members, including women who are business owners and business leaders, members and leaders of local chambers of commerce and nonprofit boards of directors, and women who are interested in joining with their peers to support programs and organizations in our region that promote business innovation, entrepreneurship, STEM education and inventive opportunities for women and girls. Annual membership in the group is $1,000, and includes a vote in the annual competitive grant cycle. All contributions are pooled for a greater collective impact.

The group seeks to empower girls and women of all ages and to prepare them for success by supporting organizations that create connections, opportunities and confidence. Members will connect personally and professionally, develop a foundation of knowledge for the needs of girls and women in the region, and identify a focus area for annual grant making.

The Community Foundation is currently recruiting business women to join in crafting a legacy that leaves a lasting impact on the lives of young women in Northern Virginia. “I am thrilled to be a founding member of the Business Women’s Giving Circle,” said Faith Boettger, community volunteer and founding member of the Business Women’s Giving Circle. “This giving circle leverages our life experiences, harnesses the power and resources of our members, and fosters relationships and networking – all to make a difference in Northern Virginia. It is truly a win-win for myself and our community!”

The inaugural grant cycle will launch in September of 2014, with a goal of $50,000 to support organizations empowering women to succeed. For more information the Business Women’s Giving Circle, contact Sari Raskin, Associate Director of Community Investment, at (703) 879-7641 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Founding members of the Business Women’s Giving Circle:
  • Grace Anton
  • Faith Boettger – Community Volunteer
  • Kristina Bouweiri – President, Reston Limousine
  • Angel Campbell – Associate, McCandlish & Lillard, PC
  • Lisa Cines – Office Managing Partner, Dixon Hughes Goodman
  • Emily Daniels – Vice President, Wealth Planning Strategist, Wells Fargo
  • Nancy Eberhardt – CEO, Pathwise Partners LLC
  • Eileen Ellsworth – President, Community Foundation for Northern Virginia
  • Marjorie Fox – CEO, Fox, Joss & Yankee LLC
  • Dr. Renee Gannon
  • Luanne Gutermuth – Vice President, Human Resources & Organizational Development, Washington Gas
  • Lovey Hammel – President & CEO, Employment Enterprises , Inc.
  • Lilly Harris – President & CEO, Man-Machines Systems Assessment, Inc.
  • Anne Reilly Jones – Principal, McCandlish & Lillard, PC
  • Tanya La Force – Chairman, Children’s Science Center
  • Cathy Lange – President & CEO, BusinessWorks of America, Inc.
  • Autumn McCullogh – Attorney, McCandlish & Lillard, PC
  • La Guardia Myers – Chief Ethics Officer, General Dynamics Corporation
  • Sarah Nutter – Dean, George Mason University’s School of Management
  • Becky Parker – Vice President, Investments, RBC Wealth Management
  • Lisa Poff – Director of Communications, Glassman wealth Services LLC
  • Jennifer Siciliano – Vice President, Government Relations, Inova Health Systems
  • Lynn Tadlock – Deputy Executive Director, Claude Moore Charitable Foundation
  • Patricia Timbrook – President, T3 Design Corporation
  • Karen Tovey – Director, SBSB
  • LaVern Walker – President, Walker Consulting Group, LLC