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Women in Development, NY

 A trailblazing figure on the NYC fundraising landscape, Yolanda is the first African-American President-Elect in the 40 year history of Women in Development, NY (WiD);
one of the NY Metro Area’s premier professional fundraising organizations. During her many years of involvement with WiD, she has served in several leadership roles, including the Vice President of Programming. She led the way in creating new programs and initiatives for the organization and recently launched the Diversity and Inclusion Task Force, for which she serves as Co-Chair. The Task Force is examining the lack of diversity in the field of fundraising. Yolanda very much looks forward to her tenure as President during WiD's 40th Anniversary year.

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#MeToo in Fundraising Panel Discussion

Seeing the need to tackle such a difficult topic for women in the field, Yolanda assembled a stellar panel of experts to lead the discussion for WiD.

Executive Coach, Caroline Kim Oh, President YFJ Consulting, Yolanda F. Johnson, Editor, Chronicle of Philanthropy, Stacy Palmer, WiD President, Brooke Bryant, Human Rights Commissioner, Theresa Bowman-Smith and Ann Boyd-Stewart, Assistant Dean of Fundraising and Alumni Relations, Indiana University Lilly School of Philanthropy.

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Yolanda with WiD Breakfast Speaker, Fatima Shama

Fatima Shama, formerly of the Bloomberg Administration and now Executive Director of the Fresh Air Fund.

Fatima joined WiD for its first-ever breakfast, giving an inspiring speech about her life and experience in the field. WiD champions and empowers women in fundraising to be the best that they can be.