Women For Madison

2021 Women for Madison Summit

Unleashing the Power of Women

SUMMARY: This volunteer-led virtual weekend inspired and educated hundreds of women in attendance. With a focus on the power of women in philanthropy, the content of the summit was engaging and substantive, culminating in the announcement of the new Amethyst Circle during the Unleashed scholarship event.

It was definitely amazing.

With more than 300 people in attendance, the “Women Who Amaze” summit featured wonderful speakers, old and new friends, lots of laughs and plenty of serious conversation. Thanks to everyone who helped organize the program and to our attendees for taking the time to invest in themselves. Some even made a “girls’ weekend” out of it by hosting sister summiteers in their homes for this virtual event! 

We captured some of the magic from that weekend! Watch the replay of Saturday’s session above, Rallying the Power of Women: Celebrating Scholarships.

The weekend was designed by the volunteers and donors of the Women for Madison Executive Advisory Council and led by Tiffanie Rosier (’95), Stephanie Forbes (’92, ’93M), Karen Rothenberger (’93) and Mary Margaret Prange (’01). The speakers were all JMU alumni, parents, students or administrators. Many powerful and influential women among the JMU nation gave of themselves to inspire personal, professional and philanthropic growth among our summit sisters. More than 300 women registered for our virtual weekend of connection and contributed more than $6,600 for scholarships during registration. 

That was just part of the story. From Donna Harper (’77, ’86M), vice president for access and enrollment, we heard that JMU must turn away too many Pell eligible students because of JMU’s lack of scholarships. She explained how an annual, renewable $5,000 award is the magic number that will allow a Pell grant recipient to make JMU a practical choice for all four years of their Madison Experience.  

Several students, including rising junior and Honors College Witherspoon Scholar Deaquan Nichols, shared their JMU stories and how scholarships are making the Madison Experience possible for them.

Amethyst Founders Dawn Smith Barnes (’93), Wilma Bowers (’83) and Jamie Jones-Miller (’99) and Executive Director Cannie Campbell (’95, ’20M) launched the Amethyst Circle with the announcement that we are seeking 200 women to give a combined $1 million for scholarships to provide those scholarships. There was an initial goal of recruiting 10 founders to seed this exciting Amethyst Circle effort, and 44 women have already signed on with us to become founders. If you could not attend that scholarships program and want to know more, you can watch the recording above to hear the whole story.

Women for Madison’s goal is to expand beyond our engagement programming and increase women’s philanthropy at JMU. To learn more, visit j.mu/womenformadison

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Published: Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Last Updated: Tuesday, January 3, 2023

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