The Women’s High Network Comes Together to Support the Stamford Yerwood Center with a Day of Inspiration, Connection, Food, Art, Music – and Shopping!

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Saks Fifth Avenue Teams Up with Global & Local Corporations, Celebrities, Athletes, Women Entrepreneurs, Humanitarian Groups & Artists to Support after School Programs in One of the Nation’s Most Inspiring Community Centers

The event is the first supported by a new convergence of passionate women business leaders, community leaders, and supporters in Connecticut and across the country as a new “center of gravity” forms to support innovation.

Hundreds of change makers are gathering today to meet, listen and learn from acclaimed speakers, best-selling authors, humanitarians, successful entrepreneurs and artists building collective energy and raising money for the famous Yerwood Center, an innovative organization serving Stamford’s children and youth since 1934.

The Center, which serves hundreds of children each year, and has changed thousands of lives for the better, will benefit – including proceeds from Saks Fifth Avenue shopping (10% of event-related purchases will go directly to the organization, along with donations made through ticket sales and an auction at the event).

The event is the first supported by a new convergence of passionate women business leaders, community leaders, and supporters in Connecticut and across the country as a new “center of gravity” forms to support innovation in how organizations can more efficiently collaborate to support good works.

The Women’s High NETwork (WHN) is creating its headquarters in the new Stamford Innovation Center and is celebrating their new home as part of the WINGS OF CHANGE event today.

Connecticut resident and WHN Co-Founder Donnetta Campbell, who is also founder and Co-Founder of the Barnyard Group (a strategic creative and communications agency headquartered in New York City and opening offices at the StamfordiCenter), said, “What a joy it has been to see so many groups come together which such tremendous gifts to make sure the kids and staff at the Yerwood Center have the means to continue and grow. We are truly blessed with some of the most amazing, dynamic speakers and contributors who have donated a tremendous amount of time to organize this coming together of like mind, hearts and spirits. This is a can’t-miss event and we plan on building this group into a resource for speakers and authors for non-profits and CSR focused profit corporations!”

Osby McMillan, Chairman of the Yerwood Center said, “We will be forever grateful to all the individuals and groups who have come together to raise awareness and funds for our programs in such a creative, meaningful way. To celebrate with inspiring stories, and to honor inspiring people, like Laurie Meadoff and Dr. Judy Kuriansky, whose lives have been dedicated to helping children and youth globally, is the perfect way to generate resources that allow us to mentor and support the next generation of inspirational adults.”

The HERicane Initiative

The Women’s High NETwork team has established The HERicane Initiative around the potential of women to collaborate, coordinate and create more value with less resources in order to serve the most people in need.

Their professional women’s network includes members from business, finance, media, entertainment, technology, philanthropy and the arts. Their work in both the for-profit and non-profit world will be guided by ‘Social Action Powered by Social Media.’

“With governments wavering, Fortune 500 companies re-evaluating the ways they do business and natural resources suffering,” said Joy Rose, also a Co-Founder, “it’s truly time to give the girls a chance! This does not mean doing business they way we’ve been operating for the last hundred years or so. It means setting the bar higher, living smaller and shifting attitudes about wealth to incorporate more generous attitudes. The way we do that is one person at a time. I’m just glad I know what to do in a HERricane; hold on for the ride!”

Co-Founders and Senior Board Of Advisors include:

  •     Donnetta Campbell, Co-Founder and Executive Director
  •     Denise Restauri, Co-Founder
  •     Joy Rose, Co-Founder
  •     Avis Gold Richards
  •     CiCi Holloway
  •     Dorothy Price
  •     Jess Teutonico
  •     Katherine Wintz
  •     Kathy Eldon
  •     Mary Barneby
  •     Meg Columbia-Walsh
  •     Laurie Meadoff
  •     Robin Raskin
  •     Valerie Gelb

HERiccane lunches are the kick off initiative and sponsored by the group every first Wednesday at the Museum of Motherhood with a $20 admission, from Noon to 3 PM. Networking game changers and social media buffs who wish to move their work to the next level are welcome.


Any quotes the were represented by Denise Restauri were not her quotes or approved by her words- they were suggestions in a draft to mark a possible quote and by mistake went to print. They comment in no way reflected her opinions or words. Please use this corrected document and delete the 3/29 release.


Guests are invited to our first two-part event at Saks Fifth Avenue Stamford to celebrate with The Yerwood Center, the next generation of after school programming. A free educational day for women, featuring acclaimed speakers, bestselling authors, and body-image rock stars, will begin at 10 AM, and an evening star-studded gala will begin at 6 PM.


The daytime educational sessions are free, with limited seating.

RSVP to wingsofchange(at)thebarnyardgroup(dot)com.

10 am
"Wellness After Grief or Illness"
Panel: Psychologist Dr. Barbara Lavi, Thin Threads Series Founder Stacey Battat

10:30 am
“The Culture of Fashionable Branding and You” by School of Visual Arts Brand and Fashion Guru, Leslie Singer.

11:00 am
“The Ground Up Campaign” Moderated by Avis Richards, with Stephen Ritz, Lisa Suriano.

11:25 am
“Women Entrepreneurs: ‘I’ Is For Innovation, ‘F’ Is For Funding” Moderated by “85 Broads” Dorothy Price Hill and Patty Meagher, Founder of the StamfordiCenter.

LUNCHEON Noon – 1:30 pm

  •     Honoring Laurie Meadoff and Dr. Judy Kuriansky who are being given Joyce Yerwood Lifetime Change Maker Awards.

Keynote Speakers:

  •     Ruma Bose, bestselling author of Mother Theresa, CEO and 2011’s Next-Generation Change Maker in Philanthropy (honored by Perspectives In Philanthropy).
  •     Kathy Eldon, admired for her endurance after the tragic murder of her son, Dan Eldon, a Reuters photojournalist killed in Somalia in 1993, acclaimed filmmaker, bestselling author, and inspiring orator; Executive Producer alongside Julia Roberts of “Extraordinary Moms,” a special about the power of mothers to change the world, which aired on the Oprah Winfrey Network on Mother’s Day, 2011.

2:00 pm
“Entertainment, Women and Diversity” Moderated by UBS Diversity Director and Former Hollywood Executive CiCi Holloway with Colleen Doherty – AVP HR Cognizant NA, Kelly Lebrock, Marta Michaud – Cinematic Management, an iconic name at Wilhelmina.

2:30 pm
“Empowerment and Diversity” by Author Gina Otto, includes book signing.

3:00 pm
“Raising Digital Kids by Becoming an Internet Mom” Moderated by CES “Digital Mom” “Raising Digital Kids by Becoming an Internet Mom” Moderated by CES “Digital Mom” Robin Raskin with panelists including Children's Safety Educator Jill Starishevsky (featured on Oprah), Barnyard Group’s Donnetta Campbell, Weber Shandwick’s Mary Jane Walker, and CBS HealthWatch founder Meg Columbia-Walsh.

3:30 pm
“The Value of a Woman” by Joy Rose, Founder of Museum of Motherhood, NYC.

4:00 pm
“Your Kids, Diversity and Bullying” by Former ESPC Personality Wayne Soares.

6:00 pm
Evening Festivities include:

  •     Live art performance from contemporary artist Fernando Luis Alvarez which includes a cast of the Connecticut Ballet's dancers and actress Kelly LeBrock (performed in the past for brands such as Chanel, Saks, and Le Meridien hotels).
  •     Special Saks' Designer Spring Collection Fashion Show.
  •     Tribute to Gene Wilder – Master of Ceremonies and talk show icon Joe Franklin.
  •     Performances from Broadway star and acclaimed stage actress Jodi Stevens.
  •     Jerry Drake and his 16-piece Front Page Orchestra.
  •     Extraordinary edibles and specialty drinks from celebrity caterer Marcia Selden!

Tickets are available with a $100 suggested donation on the Yerwood Center website:

The Women's High NETwork development group connects profit to non-profit worldwide.!/WomensHighNET

Yerwood Center is dedicated to providing youth with educational and personal development opportunities that will empower them to reach their potential and contribute to society. Through programs, camps and after school activities modeled in part after Stamford Board of Education principles and taught by talented educators, the community center enriches hundreds of students daily.

140 Atlantic Street
Stamford, CT 06901
Stamford Town Center‎
(203) 323-3100‎

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