MET Community and VFF USA present “The Untold Stories of Women Change Makers” to Celebrate International Women’s Day – March 9

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In your mind, what defines a change maker? For many of us, we think of women like Susan B. Anthony, Eleanor Roosevelt and Malala. But it’s time to move beyond the headlines: in communities everywhere, it’s ‘ordinary’ women who are changing the world..

In celebration of International Women’s Day, MET Community in partnership with VFF USA, will present a special event to celebrate these women on Thursday, March 9 at WeWork Dupont Circle (1875 Connecticut Avenue, NW, DC).

“International Women’s Day represents the heart of VFF and our mission to elevate communities by supporting women,”VFF USA Executive Director, Angelina Klouthis says , “Celebrating International Women’s Day in collaboration with amazing partners will help us continue to give a voice to the millions of women who silently are revolutionizing the world.”

Join us on March 9 for a glass of wine and get ready to be inspired by the stories of women who are changing their communities — as told by the mentors who have walked with them through their journeys.

“Each of us has the potential to change the world,” observed Yanire Braña, Executive Director of MET Community and one of the women sharing a story during this evening. “This event is an opportunity to demonstrate how ‘ordinary’ women, who work hard each day to take care of their families, are also bringing change and innovation to their communities.”

Featured Speakers

  • Angelina Klouthis is the Executive Director of VFF USA. With over a decade of development experience, she worked directly with over 40 organizations on fundraising, grant writing, performance measures, transparency, sustainability, and community organization.
  • Jean Reddemann is a Native American counselor and inspirational speaker from Wisconsin, USA. She has conducted retreats and seminars for a wide range of audiences including the Wisconsin Breast Cancer Recovery Foundation and St. Elizabeth Hospital as well as in private groups. Jean is a regular keynote speaker at the AVEDA International annual staff retreat.
  • Yanire Braña is the Executive Director of MET Community. Since 2007, she has dedicated her time to supporting women business leaders through mentoring, training, communications and networking activities. She previously worked for Accenture, Banco Popular, IDB, World Bank, and Booz Allen Hamilton.
  • Sherrie Bakshi is the Director of MET Community US. She has more than 15 years of experience in marketing, communications and web development, working closely with associations and nonprofit organizations. Sherrie holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of South Carolina.
  • Martin Gurria is a Board Member at USEC. Martin is also a MET mentor with more than 15 years experience in different sectors and industries, including agriculture, technology, defense, and economics.
  • Monica Ramirez is the Director of Gender Equality and Advocacy for the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda. She is also a board member of the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health. Monica holds a Master in Public Administration from Harvard University.
  • Jonathan Mansfield is the Community Manager at WeWork. WeWork is an American company which provides shared workspace, community, and services for entrepreneurs, freelancers, startups and small businesses.

The reception, hosted by WeWork, will begin at 5:00 PM, with the program beginning promptly at 6:00 PM.

To RSVP, visit http://womenchangemakers.eventbrite.com/.