Leadership Luncheon 2015

On May 19th, we celebrated 25 Years of Grantmaking at the 2015 Leadership Luncheon!

Held annually each spring, this preeminent event brings together women and men of Maine to network, celebrate women's leadership and invest in the the programs supported by grants from the Maine Women's Fund in the current year. Hear inspiring stories from our honorees, grantees and from Fund staff and volunteers.

Many thanks to our sponsors, guests, honorees, speakers and volunteers for their contributions to our success!


Holiday Inn by the Bay
88 Spring Street
Portland, ME 04101

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Networking Reception
Meet our 2015 Grantees

12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Lunch and Program


Suzanne Nance 

Event Photos


Melissa Smith

2015 Tribute to Women in Industry Award

The Tribute to Women in Industry Award (TWIN) recognizes a woman who is a leader in her field and has achieved significant accomplishments as a business owner, business executive or nonprofit organizational leader.

Judy Kahrl

2015 Sarah Orne Jewett Award

The Sarah Orne Jewett Award is given to a Maine woman who exhibits the attributes of the women in Jewett's works of fiction:true grit, independence, courage, humor and discipline.



Nicole Maines

2015 Samantha Smith Award

The Samantha Smith Award recognizes a young woman from Maine who works to promote social change in her school or community, inspires other girls to become active in supporting long lasting change in Maine, uses her voice boldly to influence others and make a difference in her community.


Lamey Wellehan

2015 Visionary Partner Award

The Visionary Partner Award is given to a person or entity who has helped to advance the Fund’s vision of a just and caring society in which Maine women and girls thrive so communities prosper.



Lead Sponsor                   

       Bon Ton                   

Cornerstone Sponsors

The Margaret E. Burnham Charitable Trust Pierce Atwood

Giveaway Underwriter

Spinnaker Trust

Volunteer Underwriter

Hurley Travel Experts

Benefactor Sponsors

Baker Newman Noyes
Morgan Stanley Priority Learning

Video Underwriter

Eaton Peabody

Supporter Sponsors

Gayle Brazeau Coffee By Design Woodard and Curran
Bangor Savings Bank Joe Bornstein IDEXX
Intermed MEMIC


Friend and Non-Profit Friend Sponsors

Bath Savings Institution Maine Community Foundation
Casco Federal Credit Union Maine Community Health Options
CBRE/Boulos Asset Management Maine Women's Policy Center
Diversified Communications Norway Savings Bank
Jill McGowan Perkins Thompson
Lee Auto Malls Rambler's Way
Maine Center on Deafness Town & Country Federal Credit Union
  Verrill Dana


Luncheon Planning

Heather Shields, Chair Ginger Davis
Laurie Davis Emily Dennis
Emily Figdor  Tara Marquis
Harris Parnell Seth Rigoletti
June Usher Emma Wilson
Charity West  

Luncheon Sponsorship

Judy Woodbury (Chair) Joann Bisson
Gayle Brazeau Stephanie Paine
Ashley Salisbury Amy Taylor
Paula Watson Charity West