Strengthening WPI impact around the world

The Women’s Philanthropy Institute Council is a select group of individuals who are committed to advancing the vision and mission of the Women’s Philanthropy Institute, serving as ambassadors to external stakeholders, elevating the Women’s Philanthropy Institute profile, and strengthening the institute’s impact globally.

The Women’s Philanthropy Institute Council serves in an advisory capacity, focusing on strategic planning and marketing the Women’s Philanthropy Institute as the leading resource for women’s philanthropy trends, best practices, and information.

Meet the 2017 Women’s Philanthropy Institute Council.

Patricia Annino

Patricia Annino is a nationally recognized authority on estate planning and has more than 20 years of experience serving the estate planning needs of families, individuals, and owners of closely held businesses. A partner in the Boston law firm of Prince Lobel Tye LLP, she chairs the estate planning and probate practice group.

Dianne Chipps Bailey

Dianne Chipps Bailey, an attorney based in Charlotte, NC, leads the Nonprofit Organizations and Foundations practice group at Robinson, Bradshaw & Hinson, P.A. Her practice is dedicated to the representation of nonprofit organizations, their senior management and volunteer leaders. Dianne writes and speaks nationally on topics related to nonprofit legal compliance and management. She also has taught as an adjunct professor at Charlotte School of Law and Georgetown University Law Center.

Dianne is an active community volunteer, previously chairing the boards of the Women's Impact Fund, Mecklenburg Bar Foundation, Presbyterian Hospital Foundation, and First Presbyterian Church Diaconate, where she also served as an Elder. She currently chairs the board of Discovery Place, Inc., a network of science centers in North Carolina. Dianne is president elect of Women Executives.

Dianne graduated with high honors from the University of California at Berkeley and received her law degree, cum laude, from Georgetown University Law Center. She is rated Martindale-Hubbell, AV® Preeminent™, the highest possible peer review rating for lawyers. Her professional recognition includes a Charlotte Business Journal Women in Business Achievement Award in 2011 and a North Carolina Lawyers Weekly Women of Justice Award in 2012. Dianne also was named The Mecklenburg Times 2015 Woman of the Year.

Vanessa Cooksey

Vanessa Cooksey is the Senior Vice President, Head of Community Affairs, at Wells Fargo Advisors. She has nearly two decades of experience in community affairs, philanthropy, marketing and communications. Prior to Wells Fargo Advisors, she had been the Senior Director of Community Affairs at Anheuser-Busch. Her career has spanned across corporate, public and nonprofit sectors and she has served in leadership roles for the City of Atlanta, Turner Broadcasting/CNN, the Cartoon Network and Supervalu. Her nonprofit board and volunteer experiences have focused on literacy, education, diversity, youth leadership, health and wellness. 

Claire Costello

Claire Costello is the National Philanthropic Practice Executive for Philanthropic Solutions at U.S. Trust, Bank of America Corporation. She is a recognized expert in philanthropy. Her reputation results from her involvement with a variety of nonprofit ventures and her extensive work assisting high-net-worth individuals and families in identifying and fulfilling their philanthropic ambitions.

She supports clients in making a broad range of philanthropic decisions concerning the design and execution of their giving strategies and is responsible for providing thought leadership and identifying best practices for both philanthropic families and nonprofit institutions. She is a graduate of Amherst College and NYU School of Law. Claire has served on the advisory boards of Global Giving, the Hewlett Foundation Donor Education Committee, the Block Island Land Trust, and as a Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of the National Center for Family Philanthropy.

Sloane Davidson

Sloane Davidson is a social entrepreneur, philanthropist, and writer who focuses on the intersection of technology and social good. She is the founder of Farsight Media, a strategic communications and marketing consultancy. Her professional expertise includes 12+ years in marketing, business development, and fundraising.

Claudine Donikian

Claudine Donikian, J.D., M.B.A., is the president, chief executive officer, and chief marketing officer of Pentera, Inc. Claudine is regarded as one of the foremost experts in marketing planned giving and is a frequent speaker on the national planned giving and AFP circuits.

Jen Kim Field

As Vice President of Global Partnerships, Jen Kim Field leads partnership efforts to contribute towards the sustainability of the UN Foundation and support the work of the United Nations. She brings over fifteen years of experience to the senior leadership team in the areas of business development, corporate community involvement, communications, marketing and strategic planning. In 2010 she oversaw the launch of the UN Foundation’s Girl Up campaign, a “for girls, by girls” movement to empower American girls to raise awareness and funds for UN programs that help some of the world’s hardest-to-reach adolescent girls.

Prior to joining the UN Foundation, Jen worked at VolunteerMatch, where she helped Fortune 500 companies use technology to advance their volunteer initiatives and campaigns. From her earlier work at PricewaterhouseCoopers Consulting (now IBM Business Consulting) through her work at Points of Light Foundation and beyond, Jen’s career has often bridged the corporate and nonprofit worlds.

Jen hails from Alabama, where she acquired a taste for fried catfish and grits. She currently lives in Arlington, VA with her husband, Evan, guitarist for the rock band Honor By August, and their beautiful daughter, Annabelle.

Bruce Flessner

Bruce W. Flessner is a principal at Bentz Whaley Flessner, an international fundraising consulting firm serving colleges, universities and major medical centers in Asia, Europe and North America. During his 30 years of consulting experience, he has served clients such as American University of Beirut, Boston College, Michigan State University, University of California-Los Angeles, University of Chicago, University of Michigan, University of Minnesota, University of Sydney, and many others.

Mr. Flessner is a recognized expert on new wealth philanthropy and has been quoted in the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, LA Times, Star Tribune, Dallas Star, Detroit Free Press, Chronicle of Philanthropy, Chronicle of Higher Education and many other major newspapers. He has served on the board of directors of the Council on Foundation’s New Ventures in Philanthropy. He is a frequent speaker at CASE, AFP, AHP, and other professional association conferences.

Trish Jackson

Patricia “Trish” Jackson is Interim Vice President for the Geisel/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Joint Development Office at Dartmouth College. She previously served as vice president for advancement at Smith College. A fundraising leader for more than 30 years, Ms. Jackson has also worked at Scripps, Claremont Mckenna, Mount Holyoke, and Wheaton Colleges. She also served as vice president for education at Case, the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.

Kathleen Loehr

Kathleen E. Loehr, CEO of Kathleen Loehr & Associates, has a three-decade career in the nonprofit sector that includes leadership within the fields of early childhood education, fundraising, disaster fundraising, women in philanthropy, international non-governmental organizations, and nonprofit effectiveness. Her fundraising background includes leading the development for the American Red Cross, Save the Children, the International Crisis Group, and key departments at Cornell University.

Her women’s philanthropy expertise results from her work across 20 years with the President’s Council of Cornell Women, American Red Cross’ Tiffany Circle, and leading the strategies for Duke University, Drexel University, University of San Francisco, College of William & Mary, and National Geographic to more deeply engage with women. She is also a skilled leadership coach, giving her the ability to understand what is preventing individuals or teams from achieving their goals.

Dorri McWhorter

Dorri McWhorter brings nearly 20 years of experience to her position as YWCA Metropolitan Chicago’s chief executive officer. A socially-conscious business leader throughout her career, McWhorter is an active member of Chicago’s civic, business, and philanthropic communities. Most recently, she was a partner at Crowe Horwath LLP, one of the largest accounting firms in the United States.

She has also held senior positions with Snap-on Incorporated and Booz Allen Hamilton. McWhorter has won numerous awards and accolades, including Athena International’s young professional leadership award (2010), Chicago Business Leader of Color (2009 honoree), Diversity MBA magazine’s top 100 under 50 executive leaders (2009 recipient), and the Illinois CAP society’s outstanding leadership in advancing diversity award (2010).

Adrienne Penta

Adrienne Penta is a Senior Vice President and Executive Director of the Brown Brothers Harriman Center for Women & Wealth (CW&W). Ms. Penta led the creation of the CW&W, which supports women as they create and manage wealth, and seeks to create a dynamic and inclusive environment where women can engage in conversations about wealth, family and values. Ms. Penta provides women with the investment, planning and philanthropic resources they need to navigate transitions, help the next generation thrive and plan for the succession of privately-owned businesses.

Ms. Penta serves on several boards, including New America's Better Life Lab Advisory Council, Women Founders and Funders Connect Advisory Board, the Winsor School Board of Trustees, the Winsor School Corporation, the Emerald Necklace Conservancy Board of Directors, the Boys and Girls Club of Boston (BGCB) Board of Trustees and the BGCB Planned Giving Advisory Council. She is also a member of the Massachusetts Women’s Forum.

Prior to joining BBH in 2008, Ms. Penta practiced at the law firm of Choate, Hall & Stewart LLP in Boston. Ms. Penta received her JD from the University of Virginia School of Law, where she was the Executive Editor of the Virginia Tax Review, and her BA from Johns Hopkins University, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.

Ellen Remmer

Ellen Remmer is interim managing partner of The Philanthropic Initiative (TPI), a nonprofit social business with a mission to increase the impact of philanthropy in society. In addition to working directly with dozens of private, corporate, and community donors on making their giving more effective, Ellen has led a number of TPI’s initiatives to strengthen and promote the field of philanthropy, developed signature donor learning programs, and is a frequent speaker and writer on the subjects of family philanthropy, strategic giving, and women donors.  

Ellen also serves as a board member of her family’s foundation, which supports programs that help disadvantaged girls, and as a board member of her family’s investment company. Ellen is on the board of directors of associated grantmakers and the board of visitors of the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy.

Paula Roberts

Paula Roberts is Founder and CEO of HALO Brand Leadership a Toronto based consulting firm working with a wide range of not-for-profit organizations on branding and fundraising initiatives as well as for profit companies interested in corporate citizenship. A seasoned executive and board director, Paula’s career started at Xerox Canada and includes roles at a number of well know marketing communications agencies. Her focus on the NFP sector began in 2004 when she joined SickKids Foundation as a member of their executive team responsible for both marketing and mass market fund development. She also served as an Executive Vice President at Plan International Canada with responsibility for strategic communications, corporate partnerships, and major gift development. Her work at both organizations has been recognized with a number of awards but the accomplishment she is most proud of is her role in partnership with the Canadian Government establishing October 11th as the International Day of the Girl. Paula lives in Toronto with her husband Bill.