Women’s Council Celebration of Women’s Leadership

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You Are Cordially Invited to:

A Virtual Celebration of Women's Leadership

The event, which replaces this year's Women's Council Luncheon, will recognize the achievements of women in our community. Join us to be inspired and support students attending Washtenaw Community College.

Date: Thursday, November 12, 2020
Time: 5-6 p.m.
Location: This virtual event will be held via Zoom. We will email participants a Zoom meeting link in advance of the event.

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Eva Feldman

Keynote Address

Najah Bazzy, R.N.
Founder and CEO, Zaman International
Najah Bazzy, RN, is an internationally recognized healer, humanitarian and interfaith leader who left a six-figure salary as a critical-care nurse to build Zaman International.  The Metro-Detroit based non-profit empowers marginalized women and children to break the cycle of extreme poverty.

Congratulations 2020 Women's Council Leadership Honorees

Marsha Chamberlain
Marsha Chamberlin
Community Leader and Volunteer, President/CEO Ann Arbor Art Center, Retired

Eva Feldman
Dr. Eva Feldman
Russel N. DeJong Professor of Neurology, U-M

Joetta Mial
Joetta Mial, Ph.D.
Former Principal of Huron High School and Community Activist

Sponsorship and Participation Opportunities

Please select your level of participation and complete the online registration form.

Participants must be registered with all participants' names and addresses no later than Oct. 26 at 5 p.m. in order to receive the packages by the Nov. 12 event date. It is possible to have all attendee packages delivered to one address.

If you need assistance with registration or wish to pay by check, please contact Tina Kashat Casoli at [email protected] or 734-637-2896.

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$1,000 Celebration Sponsor*

  • Access for five guests to the Women’s Council Celebration of Women’s Leadership via remote format: registered guests will receive a link to the event.
  • Donor packages will be sent directly to guests and will include sweet and savory gourmet items that you may pair with your favorite wine, cocktail or preferred beverage. Guests will also receive five limited edition Women’s Council masks.
  • Prominent recognition:
    • Printed materials in participant packages.
    • Listing on the WCC Foundation webpage.
    • Recognition through WCC Foundation social media.
    • Listing in the “On The Record,” mailed to more than 140,000 households in Washtenaw County and surrounding areas.
    • Acknowledgement during the Women’s Council Celebration in the verbal program and scrolling digital page.

$250 Individual Sponsor*

  • Access for one guest to the Women’s Council Celebration of Women’s Leadership via remote format; registered guest will receive a link to the event.
  • Donor package will be sent directly to you and will include sweet and savory gourmet items that you may pair with your favorite wine, cocktail or preferred beverage. You will also receive a limited edition Women’s Council mask.

$75 Individual Ticket*

  • Access for one guest to the Women’s Council Celebration of Women’s Leadership via remote format; registered guest will receive a link to the event.
  • Sweet item and limited edition Women’s Council mask sent directly to you.

*You will have an option to participate in the event only and not receive a donor package. If you do so, 100% the cost of your ticket or sponsorship plus your donor package(s) will be directed to the Women Helping Women initiative that supports the WCC Foundation Student Emergency Fund. The tax deductible amount for an individual ticket is $50; the tax deductible amount individual sponsor is $175 and $625 for the celebration sponsor.

About the Women's Council

In 1996, Women Helping Women was the inspiration for Kathy Wright, a member of the WCC Foundation Board at the time, to establish the Washtenaw Community College Foundation Women's Council. Her intent was to bring together women from the community to address some of the barriers experienced by female students.

The mission of the Women's Council is to endow scholarships for women based on leadership and academic excellence, build a mentoring program, and provide services and resources that support the women of Washtenaw Community College. The annual Women's Council luncheon raises money to support this mission by honoring women who have made significant contributions to the Washtenaw County community.

To ensure the goals of their mission are met, the WCC Foundation Women's Council has held, since 1997, an annual luncheon, raising $650,000 to date to support the following areas. 

If you would like to know more about the Women's Council, support its efforts or become involved, contact Director of Major Gifts & Development Tina Kashat Casoli at [email protected] or 734-973-3663.

Established with the funds from the very first 1997 Women’s Council Luncheon, offers a scholarship to female WCC students with proven leadership and focused educational paths. One of the students receiving this scholarship speaks at the annual May luncheon.

The Student Resource Center (SRC) provides comprehensive case management services including academic advising, career advising, financial and educational planning, grant funding for childcare, tuition, books and transportation, and community resource connections primarily for special populations. The SRC serves all students at Washtenaw Community College, but is especially sensitive to the needs of special populations which are defined as single parents, displaced homemakers, economically disadvantaged students and gender equity.

Quality childcare is one of the most significant barriers to the pursuit of post-secondary education for poor working families (poor single mothers). The SRC was able to provide $25,282.00 to 57 recipients. 93% of them were able to continue on to their next semester.

The WCC Mentoring for Success Program developed through the Student Resource Center has been recognized as a best practices model for success in mentoring.

Peer to Peer Mentoring for incoming nursing students to help them navigate the barriers and successfully complete the program.

Professional Mentoring program is a collaboration of the SRC and professionals from various occupations in the community connecting with students through a mentoring event and activities each year. This allows for sharing of first-hand knowledge, direct questions and networking options.

Women in Science and Engineering mentoring group provides “relevant real world” information, encouragement, advice and access to professional networks in the field the student is aspiring to pursue as a four year degree.
The WCC Foundation Women’s Council Endowed Emergency Fund is to be used by the Student Resource Center to assist students who are nearing completion of their programs and are faced with an emergency need which may act as a barrier to their progress and success. These needs might include help avoiding eviction or a utility shutoff, or even purchasing a pair of glasses. 

2020 Women's Council

Meredith Miller, Chair
Carol Welsch, Vice Chair

Arlene Barnes
Alison Bailey
Frances Beckley
Stefani Carter
Gloria Edwards
Sara Figueroa
Lynette Findley
Tiffany Ford
Ann Furtwangler
Earnee Gilling

Mary Kerr
Freddi Kilburn
Marlanna Landeros
Shari Martuscelli
Ayanna McConnell
Alicia McGovern
Mia Milton
Molly Motherwell
Cheryl Patton

Anne Preston
Jenn Queen Cornell
Amy Ramirez-Gay
Danielle Rodgers
Lisa Stanton
Kia Sweeney
Eileen Thacker, Chair Emeritus
Emily Twanmo