Council

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 2015 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. 

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.

Jennifer “JJ” Davis

Jennifer “JJ” Davis leads the global communications team for Dell’s Brand, Consumer and Small Business divisions and is responsible for all the elements of external communications for these parts of the business including defining communications strategies, product launches, media and influencer relations, and executive communications. She has been instrumental in leading the company’s women powering business initiative from its initial conception in 2009 through to the thriving network of women entrepreneurs and company-wide success that it’s known as today.

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.

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.

Elizabeth Gore

Elizabeth Gore is the entrepreneur-in-residence at Dell, where she drives initiatives that support Dell’s goals around helping small and medium businesses scale and prosper, fueling the expansion of global entrepreneurship, thereby creating jobs that will drive the world economy. Gore is extending Dell’s global advocacy efforts to raise entrepreneurship to the public policy agenda, encouraging policies and practices that support and enable entrepreneurial growth globally.

Ms. Gore also chairs the United Nations Foundation’s Global Entrepreneurs Council and builds global partnerships that positively affect the U.N.’s most pressing humanitarian issues. Ms. Gore previously served as the first-ever entrepreneur in residence for the U.N. Foundation as well as vice president of global partnerships, and founded strategic grassroots efforts such as Nothing But Nets, Girl Up, and the Shot@Life.

Kelly Hackett

In 2012, Kelly was named Vice President of her family’s private foundation, the Hackett Family Foundation. That same year, she also joined investment management firm Salient Partners, L.P. where, in her role as Managing Director of Family Office Services, she leads the oversight and supervision of various activities Salient and its affiliated entities have undertaken for several family offices.

Kelly has a B.S. from Georgetown University and a JD from the University of Texas School of Law. She was a credit analyst in the Bond & Corporate Finance Group at John Hancock in Boston, and later practiced corporate law in the Houston offices of Bracewell & Giuliani LLP and Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, LLP.

Inspired by her faith and decades of her family’s philanthropic activities, Kelly is dedicated to serving organizations whose missions align with her passions for children, health, and education. Through such service and her continued work with the Hackett Family Foundation, she hopes to beneficially impact the community and give back to the world that has blessed her so much.

She is currently on the Board of Trustees and Treasurer of Mental Health America of Greater Houston; Council and Next Generation Steering Committee of the Greater Houston Community Foundation; Investment Committee of The Menninger Clinic Foundation Board; Development and Planning Committee of The Menninger Clinic Board; Leadership Alliance of Baylor College of Medicine; Georgetown Admissions Ambassadors Program; Board of Directors and Finance Committee Chair of St. Agnes Academy; Founding Board of St. Agnes Young Professionals' Organization; and others.

Trish Jackson

Patricia “Trish” Jackson is chief of staff in the advancement division at Dartmouth College. Her prior post was 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).

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 began a marketing consulting business, Halo, in January 2015 after many years in both the for-profit and nonprofit sector. Most recently, she served as executive vice president at Plan International Canada with responsibility for strategic communications, marketing, corporate partnerships, and major gift development. As part of an aggressive five-year growth strategy, Paula led the repositioning of the plan brand including the introduction of the “Because I am a Girl” initiative. This work was acknowledged in 2011 with a gold Cassie award for business results in advertising and further affirmed that same year when the United Nations declared October 11 the International Day of the Girl Child.