Washington Area Women's Foundation

AskHer Series: Thrive As They Lead

In a time of unprecedented challenges, Black women and Black gender-expansive leaders continue to pioneer innovation, movement-building, and bold leadership across Washington D.C., and its neighboring counties. Yet, systemic inequities present formidable obstacles to their success.

In conjunction with the launch of our latest report: “Thrive As They Lead: Advancing the Infrastructure to Support Black Women Leaders in the D.C. Metro Area Nonprofit Sector,” this webinar discussed ways we can accelerate the development of infrastructure to better nurture and empower Black women and gender-expansive leaders across the D.C. region.

This insightful roundtable discussion also explored ten core themes that emerged from interviews with Black women and gender-expansive leaders in our region. The themes highlighted the challenges and barriers they face, including inequitable compensation and unique funding obstacles.

Panelists included:

  • Indira Henard, Executive Director of DC Rape Crisis Center
  • Tamara Wilds Lawson, President and CEO of Washington Area Women’s Foundation
  • Koube Ngaaje, President and CEO of DASH DC
  • Tonia Wellons, President and CEO of Greater Washington Community Foundation

Become an early investor today! Your financial contribution will directly support this initiative to break down systemic barriers and build a stronger infrastructure for Black women and gender-expansive leaders in our region.