Women in Philanthropy To Host Civic Engagement Summit Members News September 15, 2022 Women in Philanthropy, the initiative of the Scranton Area Community Foundation comprised of over 100 regional supporters focused on empowering women, girls, and their families in Northeastern Pennsylvania, is hosting a Civic Engagement Summit on Friday, September 16, 2022, to explore the topic of Civic Engagement and Advocacy, as it relates to women, girls, and their families in Northeastern Pennsylvania. At this event, together with experts in the field, Women in Philanthropy invites participants to engage in valuable discussion and explore topics including how to encourage voter participation, promote the development of leadership and advocacy skills across the region, and engage youth in civic education. Participation in this event will help Women in Philanthropy take action, break barriers, and engage individuals and communities in civic life in Northeastern Pennsylvania. After much research and many organized panel discussions with regional, state, and national experts over the past two years, Women in Philanthropy has learned that the COVID-19 pandemic brought many challenges causing people to feel disengaged from civic life and from advocating for important causes. Women in Philanthropy also learned that there are a variety of ways to make a difference in the area of Civic Engagement and Advocacy that focus on breaking many of the barriers women, girls, and their families are facing. “What we’ve identified is that there is a tremendous opportunity to help make civic engagement and advocacy more inclusive, and to further support women and youth in the civic space,” stated Laura Ducceschi, Scranton Area Community Foundation’s President and CEO, who helped to launch the Women in Philanthropy initiative in 2014. “Women in Philanthropy is inviting individuals from communities across the region to come together to advance this important topic and work to eliminate the barriers to civic engagement that exist across the region.” This event will take place at the Hilton Scranton & Conference Center in Scranton on Friday, September 16, 2022, from 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM. Registration is complimentary for Women in Philanthropy supporters and $30 for the general public. Lunch, refreshments, and an evening networking reception from 5 to 6 PM are included. To become a Women in Philanthropy supporter, please visit supportnepawomen.org or call the Scranton Area Community Foundation at 570-347-6203.