More than 250 people gathered at 583 Park in New York City for Delivering Good’s inaugural Women of Impact Summit. The event, an evolution of our 15 year-old Women of Inspiration Luncheon, is a critical fundraiser for Delivering Good and thanks to our generous guests and sponsors, nearly $400,000 was raised, including a flurry of giving that helped us meet our $10,000 matching challenge! These funds support our work helping individuals and families in need by connecting them with new clothing, home goods, and other merchandise that would otherwise go to waste.
The event kicked off with interactive ‘Gallery Walk’ experience that featured a display of product donated by some of our generous brand partners, graphic displays of our mission work, and attendance by four community partners who shared how they use product provided by Delivering Good to support their communities.
Guests moved on to the main program which was opened by Delivering Good Board Chair, Andrea Weiss and featured a panel discussion of incredible women leaders who shared their experiences leading with purpose and how we can all find our own paths to making impact professionally and personally. The panel was moderated by Lisa Kaplowitz, Founder & Executive Director of the Center for Women in Business, Rutgers University and included, Jill Beraud, Independent Director, Levi Strauss & Co. & Chair, Fashion for Good, Gisel Ruiz, Former EVP Chief Operating Officer, Sam’s Club & Independent Director, Ulta Beauty, and Theresa Strickland, Executive Leader and Digital/Brand Transformation Expert.
Other speakers included Lizanne Kindler, Executive Chair & CEO, Talbots, Ann Taylor, LOFT & Executive Chair, Lane Bryant who spoke about their longstanding partnership with Delivering Good which helps them create positive social and environmental impact with their excess merchandise, and Matthew Fasciano, Delivering Good President & CEO.
The day ended with a Keynote by Lauren Gibbs, 2018 Olympic Medalist, 2020 World Champion who inspired everyone with her story of pursuing a spot on the Olympic bobsledding team at the age of 30.