Our Leaders

BOARD OF DIRECTORS


Loreen Arbus
 is currently the President of the Loreen Arbus Foundation, The Goldenson-Arbus Foundation and Loreen Arbus Productions, Inc. Her philanthropy supports a broad scope of interests, including advocacy for women and girls, as well as for the world’s largest minority, people with disabilities. She has established and funds many scholarships that both enhance and elevate social consciousness around her philanthropic interests – scientific and medical research, public policy, the arts, media responsibility, human and animal rights.  Arbus holds the distinction of being the first woman to head programming for a U.S. network, a feat accomplished twice (both at Showtime and Cable Health Network/Lifetime). Arbus is the author of six nonfiction books, has written countless articles for many national publications, and was twice nominated for an Emmy. She serves on over a dozen nonprofit boards.  Ms. Arbus, widely recognized for her humanitarian and professional accomplishments, has received The Heart of Giving Award presented by President Bill Clinton in 2001 and was chosen as one (of 40) Leading Women Entrepreneurs of the World 2002. She lives in NY, LA and Buenos Aires.  She is a high profile professional Argentine Tango choreographer and dancer.


Photo- Maria Chrin 2Maria Chrin is the founder and managing partner of Circle Wealth Management, LLC (CWM), an independent financial advisory firm with offices in New York City and Summit, New Jersey. CWM provides customized investment management and wealth advisory services to high net worth families across the United States, with a focus on women investors. The firm manages over $1.2 billion for its clients. Prior to founding CWM in 2007, Maria was the managing partner of Circle Financial Group and was a vice president in the Private Wealth Management Division of Goldman Sachs. During her 15 years at the firm, she built a premier practice managing individual and institutional clients’ assets. She serves on Lehigh University’s Board of Trustees, is a member of the Executive Committee and the Chair of the Endowment’s Investment Committee. She is a member of the Board of Overseers of Columbia Business School, a Trustee of the Kent Place School, and a Director of Women Moving Millions. Her philanthropic work includes promoting and supporting women’s financial education and higher education, with a focus on the Hispanic community in the US and women in her native country of Honduras. She graduated, Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa, with a BS in Economics from Lehigh University in 1987, and received an MBA in Finance and Marketing from Columbia Business School in 1989. Maria was recently honored as one of the 40 Women to Watch over 40 for 2014. She lives in Short Hills, NJ with her husband and three children.


April 2013 Lauren Embrey photoLauren Embrey, self-described as a passionate doer, a networker, and someone able and willing to learn as she goes, Lauren Embrey of Dallas Texas does not allow fear to hold her back. In addition to her role as President of the Embrey Family Foundation, Lauren is a theatrical producer, actor, and dancer. She is currently working on her first fiction novel and the development of her first film.  Lauren channels her passion for human rights work, women’s issues and the performing arts in strategic and impactful ways through her Foundation’s focus areas: Human Trafficking, Women and Girl’s Leadership, Racial and Gender Equity, Conflict Resolution, Women in the Media, Political Parity, and Human Rights Education and Awareness.  In addition to the family foundation, Lauren collaborates with Women Donors’ Network, The Women’s Funding Network, the Dallas Women’s Foundation and the MS Foundation.  Lauren has two very talented sons.  She also has a passion for animals, especially dogs, loves nature, travel, spirituality, and helping others.


4-15-13 Margot Franssen (cropped photo)Margot Franssen has passionately brought women’s issues to the forefront of Canada’s public consciousness.  Founder of The Body Shop Canada, a company recognized for its ethical business practices, Margot focused their campaigning on “Stop Violence Against Women.”  Margot received the United Nations Grand Award for addressing an issue of vital concern to the UN and was their guest speaker at the World Conference of Women in Beijing.  In 2002 she was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada.  She also received the Outstanding Achievement in the Advancement of Women Award from UNIFEM in 2004.  After selling her company, Margot devotes her time exclusively to the advancement of women and girls.  She serves as Co-Chair of Women Moving Millions and sits on the board of the Canadian Women’s Foundation, where she served as Co-Chair for six years, and was asked to return to the Board when her term ended.  She also co-chairs and serves on the board the CWF Endowment Campaign and the large gift campaign.  The mother of three, she and her husband make their home in Toronto, Canada.


Photo - Julie George thumbnailJulie George, presently co-chair of Canadian Women’s Foundation Board, has been a philanthropist and committed volunteer in the non-profit sector for over 25 years. As a proud dual citizen, Julie feels a responsibility to help drive social change in Canada. She helped develop Juno House, a center of excellence for adolescent girls and their families in Calgary and subsequently created the Juno House Foundation to build capacity and support those in need of its services. Julie is a member of the William Roper Hull Foundation Board after being chair of Hull Child & Family Services for five years. She is a past volunteer of Kids Help Phone and was President of the International School Parents Forum in London (TASIS) while living overseas. In the 70’s, Julie taught in an inner city high school in Houston, Texas which she credits as being a defining introduction to the importance of making change happen. She is the proud parent of three grown children, four grandchildren, and has been married for 42 years. The family is very active in skiing, hiking, biking, golfing, and exploring new places together.


HLH 8x10L (2)Helen LaKelly Hunt’s activism within the Women’s Movement includes co-founding organizations such as the New York Women’s Foundation, The Dallas Women’s Foundation and The Women’s Funding Network.  Through her private foundation, The Sister Fund, Helen works to ensure that women’s faith can be recognized as an intrinsic part of a woman’s wholeness. The author of Faith and Feminism: A Holy Alliance, Helen has also co-authored several books with her husband, Harville Hendrix, and has been instrumental in the development of Imago Relationship Therapy. Passionate about empowering all women, including women donors, Helen loves spreading the word about Women Moving Millions!   She and her husband live in New York City. Together they have six children and five grandchildren.


Ann Lovell is a certified public accountant with more than thirty years experience in business, focusing on financial accounting and tax consulting. Ms. Lovell is a founding Director and Vice President of Women Moving Millions, a newly-formed organization whose mission is to mobilize unprecedented resources for women and girls. Ms. Lovell also serves on the advisory council for the Women’s Foundation of Southern Arizona, where she established the organization’s first donor-advised fund, promoting leadership, access and parity for women and girls. Ms. Lovell is a member of both the Foundation For Women’s Leadership Council (California and Liberia), and the Circle of Ten for the Institute for Inclusive Security. Ms. Lovell is also a member of the Women’s Leadership Board at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Ms. Lovell serves as President of The David and Lura Lovell Foundation, is a Trustee and served as Executive Director 2004-2012. This Foundation focuses on Integrative Medicine, Mental Illness, cultural/spiritual enrichment and philanthropic education. Ms. Lovell is a Founding Director of The Bravewell Collaborative, an operating foundation established to bring about optimal health and healing for both individuals and society by advancing integrative medicine and healing environments for both patients and healers. Ms. Lovell has served as Bravewell’s Treasurer since 2003 and currently chairs the operations and audit committees. A committed member of the Tucson community, Ms. Lovell is the Founder and Executive Director of the Valley Foundation which provides college scholarships to local residents based on extra-curricular activities, employment and community participation. Ms. Lovell was a founding board member of Social Venture Partners Greater Tucson, a past chairman of the Southern Arizona Grantmakers, and has served on numerous committees for local non-profit organizations.


Susan Morrison is a Trustee of The Women’s Sports Foundation, founded by Billie Jean King over 35 years ago.  One of the top grant-giving public women’s funds in the United States, the Foundation’s mission is “to enhance the lives of girls and women through sports and physical activity.”  After professionally teaching tennis for six years, Susan moved to England to begin a career in advertising.  Returning to Chicago after seven years, she joined DDB Needham Advertising, and retired in 1987.  Susan currently serves on several boards, including: The Women’s Sports Foundation, Shedd Aquarium, and The Women’s Board of Lyric Opera of Chicago.  Sports continue to be her passion, particularly tennis, squash, riding, skiing and golf. She is the mother of two college-age daughters, Emily and Catherine.  Susan and her husband make their family home in Lake Forest, Illinois.


maria nunez thumbnail 2Maria Núñez was born and raised in Mexico City. She moved to San Diego in 1980 where she completed her undergraduate education in Biology from San Diego State University and her legal education at the University Of San Diego School of Law. Maria is a trusted advisor to global families who face a number of unique tax and non-tax issues as a result of their connection to more than one country. Maria founded Núñez Law Group in January of 2008 after withdrawing as a partner of Baker & McKenzie. Maria believes her life was shaped by opportunities, mentors and many helping hands along the way. Those opportunities allowed Maria to have a successful and fulfilling career, family and life. Maria passionately believes that every girl deserves the chance to shape her own successful and fulfilling life and is grateful that she can now invest her time and resources to help ensure girls and women around the world can enjoy their human rights, can be free of violence and be empowered to reach their potential.


ann olivarius thumbnailAnn Olivarius has managed complex legal matters for over 25 years, focusing on both civil rights and corporate law. She is Senior Partner of McAllister Olivarius, a law firm based in London, and represents clients in the US and UK. She was deeply involved in a landmark civil rights case, Alexander v. Yale, which established that sexual harassment within a university is unlawful. She has continued to break new ground in discrimination and employment law. In 2012 she featured in the American Civil Liberties Union’s list of the most influential people in the history of Title IX. She has handled discrimination cases for clients in a range of professions. In recent years, she has represented a top executive at a Fortune 50 company, a group of women lawyers at a large firm, a veteran employee of an international airline and many women at international banks – all resulting in successful judgments or settlements. She is the founder of the Rhodes Project, which investigates the lives and careers of women Rhodes Scholars, and a trustee of GenerationNext!, a charity supporting the Vuleka School in Johannesburg, South Africa. She is honored to have joined the board of Women Moving Millions in 2014.


mona thumbnailS. Mona Sinha is a founding member of the Asian Women’s Leadership University, focused on empowering women as future leaders of Asia, being established in Malaysia. She is a Trustee of Smith College, her alma mater. Mona serves on the Advisory Board of the Social Enterprise Program at Columbia Business School and is a Trustee of All Souls School in New York. She is on the Advisory Council of the American Museum of Natural History where she is a patron of the Science and Nature Program serving underprivileged girls. She is also a trustee of Apne Aap International, an anti-trafficking organization based in India. Mona began her professional career as an investment banker at Morgan Stanley, followed by a marketing career at P&G and Unilever, during which she helped restructure the Asia Pacific operations of Elizabeth Arden. In 2010, she conducted a study for Goldman Sachs Asia on Leadership. She is passionate about women’s leadership education and the empowerment of women entrepreneurs. Her early inspiration was her volunteer work with the girls of Mother Teresa’s orphanage, during her formative years growing up in Calcutta, India. She holds a BA (economics, art history) magna cum laude from Smith College where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa; and an MBA in finance and marketing (Beta Gamma Sigma) from Columbia University.


Photo - Mary Tidlund March 2014 photo 2Mary A. Tidlund was born in Calgary, Alberta and adopted at the age of 7 by a loving Calgary family. Along with 3 other adopted children, Mary shared her childhood with at least 40 foster children that her parents nurtured and loved. Later in her life she reunited with her birth families.  After completing a science degree in Geography, Mary began a 15-year career in the oil industry; later becoming President and CEO of a publicly traded oil exploration and service company. She located the head office for the company in Saskatchewan where she was committed to the community through her entrepreneurial work. Her activities expanded to include drilling and trucking companies, clothing store, art gallery and restaurant based in Arcola. Mary’s business employed more than 250 people. Mary’s commitment to her community was recognized nationally in 1993, where she was a finalist in the Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards. In addition, Mary received an In Award for having the most impact on the local community.  An industry downturn led Mary from the oil business and she turned her energy to traveling internationally where she expressed her desire to serve others. On October 14, 1998 she founded the Mary A. Tidlund Charitable Foundation, a public foundation that has grown to work in 22 countries with over 65 programs. The foundation financially supports and participates in programs in Canada and overseas. Key initiatives include medical clinics and workshops, the construction of schools and playgrounds, palliative care, educational sponsorship, providing meals for the homeless, water and micro finance. In October of 2000, she received the Black Achievement Award for Humanitarianism and in May 2010 the Woman of Vision Award with Global TV. Focusing on women and children, Mary’s long-term goal is to empower individuals to provide for themselves and create self-sustaining programs.


Jacki Zehner is an impassioned philanthropic visionary committed to the social and economic empowerment of women.  She considers herself to be “a very blessed woman channeling [her] resources to help advance gender equality.”  She became a community member of Women Moving Millions (WMM) in 2009 by means of a $1 million pledge to the Women’s Funding Network and has since become WMM’s Chief Engagement Officer. In addition to her role with WMM, she is President of the Jacquelyn and Gregory Zehner Foundation, a Board Member of The Sundance Institute and the Christian Center of Park City.  She is a former board member of the Women’s Funding Network, The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, The National Council for Research on Women, The University of British Columbia and the Center for Talent Innovation. Jacki also serves on the Advisory Boards of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, Pax World’s Global Women’s Equality Fund, and the Women Effect Investing initiative of Criterion Ventures.  Prior to her full-time engagement in the philanthropic arena, she was a Partner and Managing Director at Goldman Sachs.  She is a member of many networks including The Women Donor’s Network, The Harvard Kennedy School Women’s Leadership Board, The International Women’s Forum, The Red Cross Tiffany Circle and  The United Way of Salt Lake’s Women’s Philanthropic Network.  In 1996, she became the youngest woman and first female trader to be made a partner of the firm.  She is also a frequent media commentator, consultant and speaker on women’s success in the workplace, women and wealth, investing, financial current events and high-impact philanthropy.  Jacki currently lives in Park City, Utah with her husband and two children.  Visit her site: www.jackizehner.com.