Northsiders recognized as Women of Vision recipients by women’s foundation

The Women’s Foundation of Mississippi will celebrate its 2017 Women of Vision honorees and grantees October 2 at the Mississippi Museum of Art from 5 to 7 p.m.

The Women’s Foundation of Mississippi is the only grantmaking and advocacy organization in the state dedicated to funding programs that improve the lives of women and girls statewide. Women of Vision include: Mary Currier, MD, MPH - state health officer, Mississippi State Department of Health; Portia Ballard Espy, director of community building, William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation; Grace P.C. Lee, co-founder, co-owner, and retired president of Trilogy Communications Inc.; and LouAnn Woodward, MD, FACEP, vice chancellor for health affairs, University of Mississippi Medical Center and dean, University of Mississippi School of Medicine.

By cultivating social change, the Women’s Foundation of Mississippi is committed to helping women and girls transcend the state’s dire social and economic barriers - because when women are economically secure, safe and healthy, then families and communities are economically secure, safe, and healthy. Since 2003, the foundation has given $3.5 million in total grants.

The event will also introduce and celebrate the 2017 grantees and additionally, a new strategic plan will be revealed, plus the “Good Jobs for Women” research to be released in 2018.

For online ticket purchase or sponsorship information visit womenofvision.swellgives.com. Event tickets are $75 and young professional tickets (35 and under) are $50.

Pictured are Mary Currier, Portia Espy and LouAnn Woodward.

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