was held September 27, 2012 and attended by 125 participants. The audience was welcomed by Tere Dresner-Salinas, Executive director of WGC and then Dr. Kathi Light, Provost of UIW. Our forum facilitator Dr. Annette Craven was introduced by Tere.
The first speaker was Shannon McNamara, founder of SHARE Africa. She shared information of how she came to create SHARE and partner with WGC. She also presented videos sharing her experience with schools in Tanzania.
Lorenzo Gomez followed Shannon speaking about his experience with technology and nonprofits. He asked the audience to tweet him for a TOM’s gift Card. He presented information about social media and social entrepreneurship of various companies as well as the way to personally create and contribute to a cause.
Finally the women of Fuerza Unida presented. Viola Casarez and Petra Mata founders of the organization shared their personal experience with advocacy of women and labor. Their organization has created a women’s cooperative which now has a line of jeans for women.
Following the speakers Dr. Craven facilitated questions to the panelists from the audience. She then introduced Anel Flores who facilitated the mini-workshop where students took on an issue, described the challenge and some facts, then discussed amongst themselves a solution. They used the workshop materials provided in the centerpiece to illustrate their solution. Some made dioramas, posters and art pieces.
The closing of the forum featured members of the UIW student organization Project Africa. They spoke of their project and fundraising to build a school in Mali. Unfortunately we ran a little overtime and had to cut their presentation short. The forum was a great success and the committee has already met to plan for next year.
Let us know if you would like to be a part of the planning and creation.
Contact Lisa Uribe, Associate Director (210) 832-3208
WGC celebrated its annual event with gratitude! It was an evening to rejoice with hundreds of friends and volunteers.
Renewal of the human spirit and an energy level that could only build forward seemed to be the theme of the evening. Honoree Marie Thurston was acknowledged as the symbol of commitment for her 12 years of service to WGC’s projects and mission.
Many new faces and recommitted community partners shared an evening of world market raffles, toe-tapping music, good food, and good company.
The “Voices of WGC” video, the video of stories of women and young children in Peru, Tanzania and Zambia were all shared with guests during the evening.
WGC would like to thank all those WGC Board members, volunteers, community donors, new friends, committed supporters and network partners who made a choice to support our empowering projects and joined us for a celebration of the human spirit!
Please stay connected to learn more about next year’s WGC EVENT and ways you can join us in the BUILDING of our WGC Circle of Empowerment projects!
Women’s Global Connection is a ministry of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word. We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation in Texas and our efforts are sustained through grants and donations. All gifts and donations are tax deductible.