"Ensuring a Minnesota of Opportunity, Safety and Leadership for All Girls and Women," A Speaker Luncheon Featuring Lee Roper-Batker, President & CEO of Women's Foundation of Minnesota

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Name: "Ensuring a Minnesota of Opportunity, Safety and Leadership for All Girls and Women," A Speaker Luncheon Featuring Lee Roper-Batker, President & CEO of Women's Foundation of Minnesota
Date: November 17, 2017
Time: 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM CST
Registration: Register Now
Event Description:

Panel Featuring Three Speakers:

Lee Roper-Batker is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota, the very first and largest statewide women’s foundation in the country (founded in 1983). As a statewide community foundation, the Women’s Foundation makes grants, invests in research, advocates policy, and forges cross-sector partnerships to ensure community-based, community-led solutions to drive gender equity across Minnesota. Lee will share how the work of the Women’s Foundation is ensuring pathways to opportunity, safety, and leadership so all girls and women can thrive and all communities prosper.

Well-respected among women’s foundations around the world, Lee founded and serves on the Executive Committee of Prosperity Together, a nonpartisan coalition of public women’s foundations who at the White House in November 2015 publicly committed $100 million to improve the economic security of low-income women and their families in America.

Prior to joining the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota, Lee held leadership positions in the anti-poverty, social justice and disabilities communities, and she owned her own business. Lee graduated summa cum laude from Augsburg College and studied at the Higher Trade Union College (Soviet Union) and Program in Global Community (Central America).

Saanii Hernandez joined the Foundation in 2012. Previously, she oversaw the Foundation’s grantmaking as senior program officer. Prior to joining the WFM team, she worked for Hispanics in Philanthropy, a transnational network of grant makers where she managed the Midwest & Southwest Regions though facilitating local grant making and providing technical assistance to grantees in Minnesota, Chicago, Colorado and New Mexico. She also co-managed, Firefly Community Solutions, LLC, a consulting firm specializing in nonprofit program and organizational development. As an Associate Community Liaison at the Northwest Area Foundation, she focused on research and community assessment working on projects with tribal communities and Latinos in rural regions. Saanii has worked at a variety of nonprofit organizations including the Minneapolis YMCA, Girl Scout Council of Cannon Valley and Carleton College. Saanii received her B.A. in American Studies with an Ethnic Studies focus and a concentration in Women’s Studies, from Carleton College, in Northfield, Minnesota.

Lulete Mola is Director of Community Impact at the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota. In this position, Mola leads the implementation and management of the Foundation’s grantmaking, evaluation, leadership, and field-building programs that enable large scale systems change. Mola first joined the Foundation in 2013 as the Wenda Weekes Moore Intern. In 2014, she became the Reatha Clark King Fellow and program coordinator. Prior to joining the Foundation, she was the Policy and Community Engagement Manager with Greater Twin Cities United Way, where she began as a Ron McKinley Philanthropy Fellow. Mola leads political engagement and professional development initiatives in Minnesota’s East African community and is active in the Movement for Black Lives. Mola is the recipient of the Humanity in Action Fellowship, Ibrahim Leadership and Dialogue Project Fellowship, and the Scholarly Excellence in Equity and Diversity Award. She is the founder of SHE, a young women’s leadership program that was active for 8 years in Minnesota high schools and at the University of Minnesota. In 2017, she was named Young Professional of the Year Finalist by the St. Paul Chamber of Commerce. Mola graduated summa cum laude from the University of Minnesota.


Event Sponsors:
Wayzata Country Club
200 Wayzata Blvd W
Wayzata, MN 55391
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