20th Anniversary


Together Women Rise began in 2003 when co-founder Marsha Wallace invited some friends to her home to celebrate her birthday, a hat was passed, and $750 was raised for Women for Women International!

To celebrate our 20th anniversary in 2023, we are hosting special events throughout the year and across the country. All members are welcome to attend any of the events throughout the year. These events will also be open to individuals who may be interested in our mission and getting involved with Rise. If you have friends, family, sorority sisters, etc. in one of the event cities, please encourage them to attend.

Some event details are still being confirmed so please check back often for more info.


Sunday, January 15, 2023

Time: 2 to 4 pm ET
Location: Unity Park in Greenville, SC





Saturday, March 4, 2023

Location: Adobe Lodge, Santa Clara University

Speakers included Together Women Rise’s CEO, Beverley Francis-Gibson, and a panel of grantee representatives:

  • Katie Morrow, Founder of Limitless Horizons
  • David Murphy, CEO of One Heart Worldwide
  • Caroline Bernadi, Head of Philanthropy and Results-based Funding at Village Enterprise

The panel was moderated by Almaz Negash, Founder and Executive Director of African Diaspora Network.








Saturday, March 11, 2023

Location: Carmichael Presbyterian Church, Carmichael, CA





Friday, April 21 – Saturday, April 22, 2023

Location: Seneca Falls, NY



Also, check out the great TV coverage we got on Spectrum News 1 in Rochester.


Saturday, May 20, 2023

Location: Thornley Middle School on the campus of Springside Chestnut Hill Academy, Philadelphia, PA



Saturday, September 9, 2023

Time: 10am to 2pm MDT

Location: Calvary Baptist Church, Denver CO

Photos Coming Soon!


Friday, September 29, 2023 — Saturday, September 30, 2023

Location: Loyola University’s School of Law, Chicago IL

Connect with other Together Women Rise members, meet our CEO Beverley Francis-Gibson, learn about the impact we have made over the past 20 years and our exciting plans for the future!

Additional speakers include:

We will kick off the weekend on Friday night with a reception at the BMO Tower in downtown Chicago from 5:30 to 7:30 pm CT. Wine, soft drinks, and light snacks will be provided.

Saturday’s event will be from 12 to 4 pm at the Loyola University School of Law (25 East Pearson St). There will be lunch, speakers, entertainment, raffles, and a social hour.




Saturday, October 21, 2023

Time: 11am to 2pm MST

Location: Mountain View Lutheran Church, Phoenix AZ

Please join us for a special gathering to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Together Women Rise. We will explore the bright future of our organization and hear from inspiring speakers including Together Women Rise CEO Beverley Francis-Gibson and Second Mile Haiti Program Director Amy Syres. This will be a great opportunity to meet and enjoy the camaraderie of other members across the region. The event is open to all, so please bring a friend, and feel free to forward this invitation to anyone who may be interested in joining us. We can’t wait to welcome you!




Saturday, November 4, 2023

Location: American University Washington College of Law, Washington DC

We have a full day (11am – 4pm) of events planned, including opportunities to hear from former Featured Grant recipients and one of our current Transformation Partnerships. Speakers include:

  • Together Women Rise CEO Beverley Francis-Gibson
  • President & CEO of Equimundo Gary Barker
  • CEO of Street Child US Anna Bowden
  • Associate Director of Amman Imman: Water is Life Debra Kahn
  • President of Women’s Microfinance Initiative Robyn G. Nietert