Summary Feb. 2014 Fellowship Dinner Forum

 An Inspiring Evening-in-Review – February 20, 2014
WomenNC 2014 United Nations Fellowship Dinner Forum with Special Guest Eleanor Smeal

Thanks to the 190+ attendees who gathered at WomenNC’s Annual U.N. Fellowship Dinner Forum in support of our 2014 Fellows and WomenNC’s mission to lead North Carolina’s young adults in the elimination of injustice against women and girls.  For those who were unable to join us, we’d like to share a few of the highlights of the evening.  We’ve received much positive feedback, which is gratifying, particularly when introducing many new concepts! 

NCSU Hunt Library, Institute for Emerging Issues

NCSU Hunt Library, Institute for Emerging Issues

First Impression was to enjoy the evening at the magnificent state-of-the-art Institute for Emerging Issues (IEI) facility in the recently christened James Hunt Jr. Library on the NCSU Centennial campus.    WomenNC is most grateful to the NCSU Women’s Center for sponsoring us at the IEI.  The large two story “glass” room with five audio-visual screens contributed to the professional ambiance!

  • For more details about the Hunt Library’s mission, history & academic opportunities thriving at this high-tech library, click here for an amazing Hunt Library You-Tube overview.
  • If you missed the library facility tours, walk-in public tours are available weekly, click on tour schedule

We introduced a new presentation format this year, resulting in an enthusiastic and interactive evening, which included:

  • A brief overview by our five WomenNC 2014 Fellows from NCSU, UNC-Chapel Hill and Duke University, regarding their research projects and local model organization.
  • Invited featured guest, Eleanor Smeal; an advocate for human rights for 30+ years.  We’re indebted to Eleanor, President of Feminist Majority & Feminist Majority Foundation and Publisher of Ms. Magazine, for traveling from D.C. to support our leadership development and advocacy programs.  You’ll enjoy perusing Ms. Smeal’s extensive and insightful bio
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  • A highly charged and spontaneous Panel Discussion involved moderator Eleanor Smeal, the five WNC Fellows, and inquiries from the diverse audience.  Topics focused on the U.N. Millennium Development Goals, the Fellows’ Research & best practice models, and target areas communities and individuals can focus on, to improve conditions affecting women & children locally, nationally and globally.
  • Take-Away Message – we can all make an impact, both individually and collectively, but . . . Don’t “wait” for others to lead . . . Change Comes from the Bottom-Up.
  • Our NEW WomenNC Honor Roll was introduced by two Alumni Fellows – providing an opportunity to “honor a special woman who has impacted your life”;  Click the link to view our evolving WomenNC’s Honor Roll listing and the opportunity for your participation.

IMG Feb20_14 IEI seated crowd Unt15February 20th was a stimulating evening, across the generations, yet emphasized how critical it is to engage and empower the involvement of our young future leaders . . . Such leaders are exemplified by WomenNC’s U.N. Student Fellowship & Alumni Local-to-Global-to-Local program participants, who seek out and motivate other grass-roots youth organizations, as well as adults.

To para-phrase Michelle Bachelet, first Executive Director of UNWomen and Chile’s current President-elect, “…..we (women/young adults) not only need to have a seat at the table, but we want to help shape the table….”

The evening was graciously emceed by local (but worldly) Independent UNC-TV producer, Julia Carpenter, who shared highlights about WomenNC’s programs and mission, and recognized our Event Sponsors, Partners & Donors, whose combined support is instrumental in sustaining the current and future progress of WomenNC’s leadership and advocacy programs:Sponsors Logos Feb 20_14_table display 222X382

  • Event Sponsors: North State Bank, NC State Women’s Center, The News & Observer, Duke Energy, Ipas, AAUW NC, UNA – Wake Chapter (United Nations Association), NC Women United, Ambassador Jeanette Hyde, and several Private Donors.
  • 2013 – 14 WomenNC PartnersUNC Global, Wake Women Attorneys, UNA West-Triangle (United Nations Association), NCCASA – (NC Coalition Against Sexual Assault), Carolyn King Scholarship Fund Committee & Donors, and Amnesty International, Group 213, Raleigh.
  • Significant Donors: Woman’s Club of Raleigh Community Grants, Church Women United, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (Raleigh), and many Generous Private Donations.

We so appreciated all the supporters and attendees at our fifth Annual U.N. Fellowship Dinner!  Please find the WomenNC Fellowship Feb. 20th Dinner Program, complete with bios and sponsor logos.  See our Event Calendar and eBlasts for Global-to-Local Presentations by IMG Feb20_14 Beth Dehghan at Podium Unt17our Fellows when they enthusiastically return from the Commission on the Status of Women in late March.

Feel free to email us at, with your suggestions & feedback to further enhance WomenNC’s February 2015 experience!


EVENT DETAILS (Click links to view)

Where:           James B. Hunt Jr. Library,
                        Institute for Emerging Issues
(2nd Floor)
                        1070 Partners Way, NC State University
                        Centennial Campus, Raleigh, NC  27606   (Click for Easy Access Free Parking)

When:            Thursday, February 20, 2014 5:00-8:30pm
                        5:00 – 6:30pm Reception
(wine & beer)
                        5:30 – 6:00pm Library Tours (online pre-registration, space limited)
                        6:30 – 8:30pm Dinner & Program

Invited:          Open to Any Paid Registrant

Tickets:        $50 AdultsEarly Bird Dinner Rates Extended thru Feb. 13, 2014!
                         $60 Adults – Extended Deadline Feb. 14 – 15th
                         $30 Students One Price through Feb. 15th

               $100 Friend of WomenNC   (1 Dinner Ticket & $50 Donation)
               $400/$500 Fellows Supporter – Reserved Table for 6-8 Guests
                           (6-8 Dinner Tickets & $100 Donation)

        Registration:  EventBrite System – Online or Mail-In Options 

Inquiries:       Email WomenNC Events Committee:  or call 919-744-4778

Support:        Donate @

WomenNC welcomes you to our 5th annual Fellowship dinner presentation forum, featuring five NC university students chosen as the 2014 CSW Fellows. They will share their research with our community in advance of representing North Carolina at the 58th United Nation’s Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) in New York in March.

NCSU Women's Center

NCSU Women’s Center

Event Co-Sponsored at IEI by WomenNC & NC State University Women’s Center WomenNC

….With Media PSA Support from the News & Observer 

N&O Public Service Ad Support

N&O Public Service Ad Support

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