WE CAN Names Esteemed Activist, Leader As Woman Of The Year

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WE CAN’s 17th annual Day of Words, Wit and Wisdom (W3) will be celebrated at the Wychmere Beach Club in Harwich Port on Thursday, June 1.

Since 2005, W3 has been the non profit organization’s signature event where acclaimed authors come out to share stories of courage and emotion with humor, generosity and love.

WE CAN Wit words wisdomThe organization will honor Teresa C. Younger, President and CEO of the Ms. Foundation for Women as its Woman of the Year.

“Our Woman of the Year is chosen because she has proven to be a role model in her life and career, someone who has also herself met life’s challenges with courage and grace,” said WE CAN’s Executive Director Lisa Guyon. “Her life and work clearly resonate with the mission and values of WE CAN.”

Younger is an activist, advocate, renowned public-speaker, organizational strategist and a proven leader in the philanthropic and policy sectors. Having spent more than 20 years on the frontlines of some of the most critical battles for comprehensive equity and the elimination of institutionalized oppression, she now serves as the President and CEO of the Ms. Foundation for Women.

Prior to joining the Ms. Foundation for Women, Younger served as the executive director of the Connecticut General Assembly’s Permanent Commission on the Status of Women and as executive director of the ACLU of Connecticut – the first African American and the first woman to hold that position.

Younger is a thought leader at the critical intersections of gender and race. Within the philanthropic sector she serves on initiatives to shape and change the narrative of women and girls, including Women’s Funding Network, Grantmakers for Girls of Color, Funders for Reproductive Equity, Philanthropy New York and Black Girls Freedom Fund.

This year’s event will be emceed by novelist Jane Hamilton, and guest authors will include Helen Elaine Lee, Kevin Mcintosh and Karen Joy Fowler. 

To purchase tickets, visit W3 2023