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WHO WE ARE

100 Women Strong is a giving circle dedicated to improving the lives of women and children. As the area's only philanthropic organization built on women-only leadership, collective giving and collaborative grant-making, 100 Women Strong harnesses its unique perspective and collective power to tackle the biggest challenges affecting women and children, identify their root causes and create innovative solutions in collaboration with community partners.

MISSION 

To improve the lives of women and children through collective giving and collaborative grant-making and to inspire women in
Central Florida to be strategic philanthropists.

VISION 

To transform and elevate the quality of life for all women and children in Central Florida.

OUR CURRENT FOCUS AREA

100 Women Strong members selected the area of Women’s Economic Empowerment (WEE) as a three-year focus for our grantmaking beginning in 2022. We believe that understanding the causes of women’s economic challenges in our region could unlock the answers to many other issues including multi-generational poverty, domestic violence, and the well-being and education of children.

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Our Impact

Since 2006, the passionate members of 100 Women Strong have invested over $842,000 together to address such issues as infant mortality, domestic violence, early education, food security, mental health, and more.
$842k

invested
in the community

26

grants awarded
since 2006

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18

nonprofit organizations
supported

Stories of Impact

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CIRCLE OF SECURITY

100 Women Strong Pilots Program to Improve Academic Performance—Starting in Preschool

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100 Women Strong Funds Nutrition and Culinary Arts Training Program for High School Students

NUTRITION EDUCATION

100 Women Strong Funds Nutrition and Culinary Arts Training Program for High School Students

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EDUCATION+

100 Women Strong Funds Education+ Program to Support Foster Children

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100 WOMEN STRONG COMMITS TO OUR GUIDING PRINCIPLES:

CONNECT
Reach out welcome and build relationships among women united in their desire to improve the lives of women and children.

INSPIRE
Inspire youth in philanthropy and develop a membership of educated philanthropists.

EMPOWER
Collaborate with funding partners and community organizations to empower women and children.

Our Leadership

JESSA ROHLOFF
Chair
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JESSA ROHLOFF

Chair
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Mumtaz Tharoo; 100 Women Strong Leadership

TAZ THAROO
Chair-Elect
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TAZ THAROO

Chair-Elect
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HEATHER MOUNT
Membership and Outreach
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HEATHER MOUNT

Membership and Outreach
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Heather is a Certified Financial Planner® at UBS in Winter Park. She focuses on holistic client advice in the areas of financial planning, insurance, investments, corporate retirement plans, and retirement income planning. Heather and her team help women, families, and business owners plan, save, and invest for the future. She is married with two young sons and loves connecting with other women to serve our community.

RENUKA SASTRI
Grants & Research
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RENUKA SASTRI

Grants & Research
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Renuka Sastri discovered the vibrant philanthropic and arts community around her when she began to plan for a mid-career sabbatical a few years ago. The diverse group of skilled and passionate women, all seeking to improve the lives of women and children in Central Florida, drew her to 100 Women Strong. She is committed to mentoring young professionals, and staying connected with the people, causes and learning that made her gap year so worthwhile.

LESLIE HARTOG
Grants & Research
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LESLIE HARTOG

Grants & Research
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Leslie is a social entrepreneur, consultant, and owner of Minga Advisors, LLC, strategic leaders and facilitators of collective impact initiatives. Leslie is a systems and operations engineer with 30 years of experience at Walt Disney World, national parks, such as the Statue of Liberty and the Capitol Visitor Center, and the local nonprofit sector. She co-chaired 100 Women Strong from 2016 through 2018 and continues to be on the Leadership Team. Leslie is married with two brilliant children in college lives in Windermere, and enjoys playing tennis, reading, and traveling.

MEMBER SPOTLIGHT

NICOLE QUELIZ
New Member
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NICOLE QUELIZ

New Member
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Nicole Queliz is a pediatric and neonatal dietitian. After working with medically complex children in hospitals in Florida and Connecticut, Nicole was recruited by Abbott Laboratories to serve as a Clinical Specialist in the Southeast region. In her current role, she provides education to medical professionals and collaborates on nutritionally based quality improvement projects to help sick children and babies live longer, happier, fuller lives.

Through her work, Nicole met her husband, Thais, a neonatologist at Winnie Palmer who cares for some of the tiniest babies in the world. Nicole has a one-year-old daughter named Camila and an 11-year-old stepdaughter named Liah. Creating and testing healthy recipes for her family fuels her passion for nutrition. She and her closest fellow mom friend write a weekly blog focused on veggie-centered, scientifically based nutrition for moms who are a little obsessed with what they feed their kids.

On weekends, you can find her at the Winter Park Farmers Market or at home prepping her sourdough loaf for the week.

AVANI DESAI
Legacy Member
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AVANI DESAI

Legacy Member
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Avani has been a member of 100 Women Strong since January 2015 and took the co-chair role in 2016. She joined the group due to her interest on how to change a community by changing lives of women and children. She lives in Windermere with her husband and two small children, Sahil and Sareena. She is CEO of Schellman & Company, LLC, a national privacy and security firm. She has a passion for emerging technologies, such as blockchain, cryptocurrency, and artificial intelligence

ALLIE YADAV
New Member
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ALLIE YADAV

New Member
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Allie Yadav serves as a Manager of Grant Development and Special Projects at Valencia College. She has over 15 years of experience with resource development, proposal writing, group facilitation, and strategic planning. Allie holds a Bachelor of Arts in English degree from the University of Florida and a Master of Public Administration degree from Florida State University. She received the Grant Professional Certified (GPC) designation from the Grant Professionals Association and the Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) designation. She is a proud member of the Central Florida community, and lives here with her husband and two daughters. Allie joined 100 Women Strong to be part of a collective effort working to make a positive impact in the community.

I joined 100 Women Strong because I liked the idea of being part of a large group of professional women that through strategic giving and collaboration, we're working to improve the lives of women and children in our community.

- Susan Myers-Feeney

FIND OUT IF 100 WOMEN STRONG IS RIGHT FOR YOU.

We are looking for passionate and thoughtful women ready to play an active role in solving community issues that affect women and children. Sound like you? Let’s talk about your philanthropy goals, so you can decide if joining this strategic giving circle is right for you.

Sandi Vidal

Sandi Vidal
Vice President of Community Strategies and Initiatives
svidal@cffound.org

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100 Women Strong is a proud member of Philanos, a national network of giving circles that catalyzes the movement of women in philanthropy by connecting women’s collective giving in 28 states, the District of Columbia and Australia.