This month brought our WWPR community together to celebrate the 2021 Emerging Leaders Awards. Under the leadership of the ELA co-chairs, Erika Dyer and Jennifer Dunn, we celebrated the accomplishments of 15 finalists and 5 very special winners. The night was marked by a special keynote address led by Dr. LeMia Jenkins Thompson, Global Head of Communications for Pinterest, and a unique pre-event networking session where a small group gathered to make terrariums and support a woman owned small business – Party’n with Plants.  I am most thankful for the time we had that night to come together and hear from amazing women and their accomplishments. If you missed the event, you can read a full recap here

Christina Francisco, President WWPR

With summer around the corner, I can’t help but look forward to the latter half of the year:    

♦  As we close out a wonderful two years of supporting our current pro bono client Academy of Hope, in mid-summer we will begin recruiting for a new pro bono client to work with in 2022 to 2024. Stay tuned for more details to come.

♦  We also have more virtual events and programming coming up from our professional development committee. There are a range of exciting topics and diverse and exciting speakers planned for the months ahead, so check out our events section on the website.

♦  And of course we’ve got to plug our next signature event, the 2021 Woman of the Year Award Celebration will take place this fall! If you have questions regarding the event of nominations,please email

Lastly, on a personal note, May brought me the joy of looking forward to my first official mother’s day next year as my husband and I are expecting a baby boy this October. As I look forward to this important occasion for my family, I feel grateful to be surrounded by so many strong mothers on the Board and across our membership. They have shown me how to balance work and life with grace and I look forward to following their footsteps.