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In 1996, women helping women was the inspiration for Kathy Wright, a member of the WCC Foundation Board at the time, to establish the Washtenaw Community College Foundation Women's Council. Her intent was to bring together women from the community to address some of the barriers experienced by female students.

The Mission of the Women's Council

To endow scholarships for women based on leadership and academic excellence, to build a mentoring program, and to provide services and resources that support the women of the college.

This lofty mission was acted upon in 1997, when the first Women's Council Luncheon was held to raise funds to create an endowed scholarship. This luncheon continues today, still using the original format, of honoring three outstanding women of the community, "unsung heroes" who have been successful in their fields and/or provide countless hours of volunteer leadership to organizations in the Washtenaw County area, and a notable Keynote speaker.

Former Keynote Speakers:

Dr. Nancy Cantor, former Vice Provost for Academic Affairs at U of M

JoAnne Purtan, reporter for Channel 7 News

Robin Wright, global affairs correspondent for the Los Angeles Times

Dr. Carol Landau, clinical professor at Brown University School of Medicine

Dr. Mary Sue Coleman, President of the University of Michigan

Mickey King, Olympic medalist in diving

Toni Hoover, Senior Vice President and Site Director, Pzefir Global Research and Development

Marie C. Wilson, President of The White House Project/Women's Leadership Fund

Karen M. Muraszki, MD-Chair of Department of Neurosurgery, University of Michigan

Susan Martin, President of Eastern Michigan University

Jean Jennings, President and Editor-in-Chief of Automobile Magazine

Laura Kasischke, Author

Rose B. Bellanca, President of Washtenaw Community College

Marina von Neumann Whitman, Professor of Business Administration and Public Policy, University of Michigan, and author

Maria Thompson, Entrepreneur-In-Residence for Arsenal Venture Partners

Read more about the Women's Council.

We hope you'll make the decision to attend or sponsor the event. Click here to learn more.