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.
Lauren 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.
Margot Franssen, WMM Co-Chair, 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.
Helen LaKelly Hunt, WMM Founding Chair, her 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 the founder and Executive Director of the Valley Foundation which has just launched a new funding branch that focuses on women and girls. Ann is the Executive Director and a Trustee of the David and Lura Lovell Foundation which focuses its resources on mental illness, integrative medicine, cultural/spiritual enrichment and philanthropic education. Ann is also a Director and Treasurer of the Bravewell Collaborative, an operating foundation striving to bring about optimal health and healing for both individuals and society. Ann currently serves on the advisory council for the Women’s Foundation of Southern Arizona, the Leadership Council for the Foundation for Women, and the Women’s Leadership Board at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Ann is a CPA and has had more than thirty years experience in business, focusing on financial accounting and tax consulting.
Debbie McLeod was a stay-at-home mother for 20+ years and then received a Master’s of Divinity from Yale Divinity School in May of 2009. These days she is running a family fund called Grant Me The Wisdom that focuses on education and healthcare for women and girls in the developing world. In addition to other organizations she has funded The Fistula Foundation, a scholarship for women from the developing world who want to attend Yale Divinity School and then return to their country to work with those in great need, KIPP Voyage Academy for Girls, and Teach for America. She is also working on publishing a study Bible that will highlight all the passages that refer to women and girls. She has served on numerous boards and currently sits on the board of directors for Sojourners and the advisory board for Yale Divinity School. She has also recently become a part of Impact Partners. She has been married almost 30 years to Jay Sears who is a real estate developer who focuses his philanthropy on local community development and education. They have two grown children Jonathan (27, married and living in LA), and Meredith (24, married and living in Boston). Debbie and Jay live in Houston full-time and spend as much time as they can in LA.
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.
Mary 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, Chief Engagement Officer & President, 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.