It’s Never Too Late to Make An Impact
Philanthropy and the Power of Women
In this talk, we will examine what matters most to us during this challenging moment in history. Hear from our extraordinary panelists, who will make you think about your values, passions, and aligned action steps to advance your goals and realize your vision.
When we prioritize our values and let them drive our decisions on giving time and charitable dollars, we can change our world–and ourselves in the process.
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Meet Our Speakers
Andy Levy is a natural recipient of Lotus Network’s Ambassador Project Award. He is a fourth-generation native Coloradan whose roots and connections in the community run deep, dating back to the early 1860s. He credits his family for teaching him the value of relationship building, community engagement, and the importance of giving back. Andy is a respected and trusted communicator with a passion for philanthropy, making a difference, and helping others…all playing a major role in his desire to pay it forward. Andy has a strong record of success mobilizing resources to grow organizational capacity and a deep connection to serving the communities of Denver. He is currently managing director of development at City Year Denver.
Moderator: Steph Wagner
Steph Wagner is responsible for leading the firm’s advisory practice for women facing unexpected transitions, such as the death of a spouse or divorce, and oversees the creation of content, curriculum, and programming for women. Over the years, she has developed specialized expertise in utilizing financial strategies and empowering women with the resources to become effective stewards of their wealth. Steph has also worked extensively with women across the country to help them address the financial impact of widowhood, secure equitable settlements in marriage dissolutions, and establish a solid foundation for their next chapter.
Marguerite H. Griffin is a Senior Vice President at Northern Trust. As Director of Philanthropic Advisory Services, Marguerite is responsible for the delivery and growth of Northern Trust’s philanthropic advisory services to Wealth Management clients. She specializes in administering charitable trusts and private foundations and facilitating family philanthropy retreats. She also advises clients regarding impact investing, strategic philanthropy, international philanthropy, family succession planning and board development, governance, and risk management for nonprofit organizations.
Christine Benero is President and Chief Executive Officer of Mile High United Way, the first United Way in the world. For 133 years, Mile High United Way has worked to advance the common good and believes that regardless of zip code, all children, individuals and families should have the opportunity for success. Christine is the former Chief Executive Officer of the American Red Cross Mile High Chapter. She served in two Presidential administrations working for both Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush and currently serves on multiple boards. Christine holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Boston University, a Masters in Education from Harvard University, Graduate School of Education, and most importantly is a graduate of Leadership Denver.
Linda Peotter has been an entrepreneur, business, and community leader for over 30 years. She is the former President of Metal Trading Corporation, a privately held non-ferrous metal brokerage firm, which she co-founded in 1995. Prior experience includes positions at ACX Technologies, a Coors business, N.V. Philips, and AT&T. She is also a member and limited partner in Iron Gate Capital, a private equity firm based in Boulder, Colorado. Philanthropic pursuits include running their private foundation since 2001, fulfilling board of director positions at The CU Leeds School of Business, with a focus on diversity, member of the executive board at Colorado Succeeds, and board member at Social Venture Partner
Perspectives on Giving
Five expert women's views on financial giving.
Align Your Values and Your Life
A journey of discovery and ultimately giving back.
Jim Taylor, Ph.D.
Talking to Your Children
Philanthropic conversations with the next generation.
One person's actions can change the world.
Giving is a contemplative art form.
Timely Topics Committee and Contributors: Terry Rubin, Cathy Fleishmann and Jane Gwin
Here are some additional resources provided by our panelists and by our supporting sponsors:
- Diversity of Giving: Philanthropic Motivations by Marguerite Griffin
- 7 Ways to Support Charitable Giving Amid the COVID-19 Crisis
(includes 2 links to resources that match you up with volunteer opportunities)
- Sharing Philanthropy with the Next Generation
- The Northern Trust Institute
- Women Elevating Advice
Mile High United Way has created an exclusive landing page for our Connectors. Click here to visit them.
In case you missed it on their page, here are a few of the current articles about the community support and involvement of Mile High United Way:
Quality Early Education for Children
Through the United for Families program, Mile High United Way is expanding access to quality early childhood education, so our little ones can enter school ready to learn and thrive. Watch the Video
Advancing Women and Girls
Mile High United Way’s Women United supports women and girls in Metro Denver. Each year, their Community Baby Shower provides diapers and other baby essentials to new families, so children get the care they need. This year, Women United collected over $8,000 in baby supplies which were delivered to six partner agencies. Learn more about the Women United Initiative.
Support for Youth Existing the Child Welfare System
Mile High United Way helps youth pursue employment, access education, learn about financial health, and set wellness goals through their Bridging the Gap Program. Watch the Video