October 31, 2017
WE Speak: Women who empower
Join us on Wednesday, November 1 to hear the unique journeys of two women who are empowering women and children in the Cincinnati region: Stephanie Byrd, senior VP of early learning strategies at United Way and Meghan Cummings, executive director at The Women’s Fund of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation.
The Women’s Fund of The Greater Cincinnati Foundation.
Meghan Cummings brings a broad perspective of leadership and fundraising through her 16 years of experience with non-profit organizations, a corporate charity and a community foundation. She is passionate about addressing poverty and equity issues by igniting public will and inspiring individuals, companies and foundations to collaborate in new ways.
Megan previously held positions with OneSight, the Center for Chemical Addictions Treatment, and the Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Cincinnati.
She is a past president of the Greater Cincinnati Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and has worked extensively on the chapter’s diversity and inclusion efforts including the creation of a diversity pipeline program called New Faces of Fundraising. She was named to the 2014 class of the Cincinnati Business Courier’s Forty under 40.
Meghan earned bachelor’s degrees in political science and journalism from Miami University and a Masters of Business Administration from Xavier University.
Senior Vice President
Early Learning Strategies
United Way of Greater Cincinnati
Stephanie Byrd is responsible for leading efforts to achieve United Way of Greater Cincinnati’s regional bold goal that 85-percent of children will be prepared for kindergarten by 2020. She manages the collective impact work in kindergarten readiness, working with early childhood partners to align strategies and measuring progress toward school readiness goals.
Stephanie is actively involved in efforts to increase awareness of the importance of scaling what works, including advocacy for best practice home visiting and high quality early childhood education. This work led to a five-year, $9.5 million Winning Beginnings campaign to investment in innovative and proven early childhood education strategies.
With the passage of Issue 44 in November 2016, Stephanie leads the implementation of the Preschool Promise, a $15-million effort to expand quality preschool in public and community-based programs located within the Cincinnati Public Schools district boundaries.
Stephanie earned a Bachelors in Public Administration from Miami University and a Masters in Health and Hospital Administration from Xavier University. She co-chairs the statewide early childhood advocacy organization, Groundwork, and was appointed by Governor John Kasich to serve on the Ohio Early Childhood Advisory Council.
Wednesday, November 1
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber
3 East Fourth Street