New Executive Director named




Beth Ellen Holimon brings 20 years of leadership experience

Beth Ellen Holimon, a resident of San Diego, CA, has more than 20 years of experience in nonprofit management, organization development and executive consulting, most recently as president of Holimon Planning and Coaching, a nationwide nonprofit and board consulting firm.

“At this defining moment in our history, Beth Ellen’s blend of experience and collaborative style will help us broaden our footprint and expand our impact in the lives of women and girls worldwide,” said Barb Collins, board chair of Dining for Women. “We are gaining traction and momentum,” she noted, citing the recent inclusion of Dining for Women in Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn’s new book, “A Path Appears”. “Beth Ellen will take us to the next level.”

“I’m honored to have been chosen to lead Dining for Women into its next phase of achievement,” said Holimon. “The commitment of Dining for Women’s more than 8,000 members to find and support great programs around the world is pivotal in the lives of the tens of thousands of women and girls they serve each year. I will work hard to earn the trust and respect of all involved in this exciting chapter of DFW’s history. ”

Holimon’s nonprofit career has included leading organizations addressing issues such as child abuse, cancer, and environmental preservation. She earned her undergraduate degree in Womens’ Studies from the University of Colorado, and a master’s degree in Applied Linguistics from the University of South Florida. She is certified by BoardSource as a governance trainer, is a member of the national board of directors of Kids Included Together and has taught English as a Second Language, including a one-year posting in Korea. Wherever she’s lived from Florida to Utah, Holimon has been active in the community, serving on local community boards, and in civic leadership programs.

Dining for Women, based in Greenville, SC, provides funding each month to a featured program that aligns with our mission to empower women and girls living in extreme poverty in the developing world by fostering good health, accessible education, and economic self‐sufficiency. Since its inception in 2003, Dining for Women has raised $3.8 million to support grassroots programs around the world.