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 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 is a managing director and the national practice executive for the National Consulting and Advisory Practice, Nonprofit Consulting Services team at U.S. Trust. In this role, Dianne and her team deliver customized consulting and advisory services to U.S. Trust institutional nonprofit clients' boards of directors, investment committees and senior professional leaders. Her team’s areas of focus include strategic visioning, mission advancement, risk management, nonprofit governance and board dynamics. Dianne is a frequent speaker and commentator on topics related to best practices for nonprofits and trends in philanthropy. 

Dianne has more than 20 years of experience working with nonprofits. Previously as an attorney, Dianne’s practice was dedicated to the representation of tax-exempt organizations, their senior management and volunteer leaders. 

Dianne’s professional commitment to nonprofits is deeply personal. An active community leader, she has served on and chaired many nonprofit boards of directors including most recently, Discovery Place and Women Executives. An evangelist for women's philanthropy, she is a founding member and past president of Women's Impact Fund and currently serves as vice chair of the Women's Philanthropy Institute national council.

Her professional recognition includes a Charlotte Business Journal Women in Business Achievement Award and the Leadership Charlotte Circle of Excellence Award. Dianne was named The Mecklenburg Times 2015 Woman of the Year. Dianne graduated, with high honors, from the University of California at Berkeley and, cum laude, from Georgetown University Law Center.

Sloane Davidson

Sloane Davidson is the Founder and CEO of Hello Neighbor. Hello Neighbor is a mentoring program based in Pittsburgh, PA that supports recently resettled refugee and immigrant families by matching them with dedicated neighbors to guide and support them in their new lives.

Previously, Sloane was Founder and Principal of Farsight Media, a social impact consultancy focused on strategic planning and program development for social enterprise companies and nonprofits. An active philanthropist and advocate, Sloane has raised, to date, more than $3 million for nonprofits. She currently sits on the board of Resolve Network, a microfinance NGO in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. She is an advisor to Modern Loss and Horizon. Previously, Sloane served as a Kiva Fellow in the Philippines. A frequent public speaker, Sloane has spoken at SXSW, Social Media Week, the United Nations, the World Economic Forum and many others across. She was named a top influencer at the 2010 Clinton Global Initiative and "Top Woman to Follow" on Twitter by Forbes. Sloane was named to the Dell #Inspire 100, a list of leading influencers who use technology to empower and inspire others. 

Sloane received a BA in Political Science from the University of Vermont and a Masters in Public Policy and Management from The University of Pittsburgh's Graduate School of Public and International Affairs. Sloane currently lives in Pittsburgh, PA with her husband and two sons.

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.

Jennifer Evans

After a long career in banking, Jennifer Evans devotes her time to philanthropy and making the world a better place. She is executive director of the Tankersley Family Foundation and a board member of Wabash College (IN). In Denver, she is treasurer of the Clyfford Still Museum and chair of the Board of Directors of the Girls Athletic Leadership School (GALS), a charter school within the Denver Public Schools. Evans has a BA from UC Berkeley and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

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.

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.

Beth Renner

Beth Renner is a Managing Director and the National Director of Philanthropic Services at Wells Fargo Private Bank. Ms. Renner is the senior business unit leader with the overall responsibility to provide strategic direction, functional oversight and leadership to the Wells Fargo National Philanthropic Business. She leads a team of approximately 110 philanthropic specialists across the country, who manage over $26 billion of assets in endowments, private foundations, personal charitable trusts, donor advised funds and institutional planned gifts.

Ms. Renner has worked at Wells Fargo for over 17 years. Prior to her current role she was a part of The Private Bank as a Regional Managing Director for North and South Dakota. In this role she had overall responsibility for the Investment and Fiduciary Services, Banking and Brokerage business lines. She has over 27 years of experience in the financial services industry working with individuals, families and business owners addressing their financial needs.

Ms. Renner holds a Masters of Management from the University of Mary in Bismarck, North Dakota and a B.A. in Business Administration from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN.

In addition to her professional affiliations, Ms. Renner has also been very active in the broader community, as a volunteer, philanthropist and board member for various organizations to include; YWCA, United Way, Optimist International, March of Dimes, Fargo Moorhead Area Foundation. She is currently Chair Elect for the American Red Cross – Tiffany Circle National Council, one of the most successful women’s giving groups in the United States and she sits on National Council for the Women's Philanthropy Institute, which is a part of the Indiana University Lilly School of Philanthropy.

Caren Croland Yanis

After building and running foundations for Oprah Winfrey (2000-2009) and the Crown Family in Chicago (2009-2016), Caren started Croland Consulting to help high net worth families and businesses develop philanthropic practices in line with their values. Caren’s focus is on governance, cross generation engagement, strategic planning, and evaluation. Caren helps philanthropic professionals realize efficiency and potential using evidence-based tools to understand changing landscapes.

Caren is a partner in Entertain2Educate, which is a production company focused on ethics in the workplace, a board director and finance committee member of The Poetry Foundation, which received a $200M bequest from Ruth Lilly, a member of the Illinois Attorney General’s Charitable Advisory Council, a member of the Board of Visitors at the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University, a member of the Pardee RAND Graduate School’s re-visioning team, a director of Friends of the Children, which provides mentors for foster children, and a MacArthur Foundation reviewer for $100&Change, their $100MM grant program. 

She is also an organizer, frequent keynote speaker, and panelist at association and wealth management conferences. She has a long history of working across the nonprofit sector as a director, board member, volunteer, and committee member. Caren has a degree in Broadcast Journalism from Emerson College and a certificate in nonprofit strategic leadership from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business.

Caren enjoys coaching, mentoring, and working alongside people who believe they can make the world a better place.