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Event Information

WWLI Executive Modules - 'Creating Your Board Profile' and 'Fundraising and Raising Funds'

February 14, 2020
10:00 AM EST to 4:00 PM EST
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Thompson Greenspon
4035 Ridge Top Rd. Suite 700
Fairfax, VA 22030

Executive Modules are planned three times per year to provide leadership training for women interested in increasing their Board profile and presence nationally. Executive Level members work with various community stakeholders including networking and interfacing with a wide variety of currently seated board professionals, companies seeking to increase and expand their board diversity, leadership trainers specializing in executive presence, recruiters, other candidates, and more. 

Here is the schedule:

  • 10am – noon:  Creating Your Board Profile Module (open to new Executive Members who have not done this module or existing who need a refresh)
  • Noon – 1pm:  Networking Luncheon (open to all Executive Members)
  • 1- 4pm:  Fundraising and Raising Funds Module (open to all Executive Members)

About Creating Your Board Profile:

Beyond your resume, your Board bio needs to speak to the experience you bring to the table for the Board you are seeking. Attendees will have a profile created for them and develop their "line' for the position they desire.

Facilitated by Carolyn Thompson, Principal, Merito Group and WWLI Founder

Carolyn is Founder of the Washington Women’s Leadership Initiative. As Principal of Merito Group, Carolyn leads a team of talent acquisition professionals providing client services to a wide range of industries including Big 4, Fortune 1000 companies and small business owners alike.

She is frequently called upon by national news organizations such as The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, NPR, CNN, MSNBC, and AOL Jobs among others to contribute content on a variety of topics. A creative entrepreneur and a credentialed career coach, she is regularly published on topics relating to employment, careers, job search, business strategy, social media, organizational and professional development and executive recruiting in various national magazines, trade journals, and on the Internet.

She is a frequent speaker on a national level and has received rave reviews as an engaging and enthusiastic presenter on a variety of topics as a member of the National Speakers Association. An alumnus of Kansas State University, Carolyn is the author of TEN EASY STEPS TO A PERFECT RESUME, TEN STEPS TO FINDING THE PERFECT JOB, and TEN SECRETS TO GETTING PROMOTED available on Carolyn’s blog can be found at

About Fundraising and Raising Funds Module:

Money, Money, Money…..have you wondered about different equity terms and different ways to “raise” money?   Would you like to be more familiar with private equity, venture capital, crowdfunding, and not-for profit fundraising terms and techniques?  

We are bringing together professionals to outline these money raising strategies and provide you with an outline, tips and outside resources to better acquaint you with this essential topic. Have you had experience with any of these strategies?  Or want to?  Bring your questions!


Mindi McClure

Mindi McClure is a financial services executive with over 25 years of experience working with middle market financial and real estate companies.  She is Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer at Old Dominion National Bank, a community bank headquartered in Tysons Corner, Virginia.   At Old Dominion she focuses on corporate development and building the bank’s relationships with the Greater Washington community.

Prior to joining Old Dominion, Mindi served as Chairman and CEO of VisionBank (in organization) and organized its founding group, directors and management team.  Prior to that she co-owned and ran Democracy Funding a FINRA registered broker dealer that provided advisory services to private clients and government agencies including the FDIC and the US Treasury.  She was a founding Director and chairman of the strategic planning committee at Bank of Georgetown from its inception until its sale to United Bank.  She was a founding member and senior managing director of FBR & Co’s investment banking division and provided capital markets and advisory services on over $8 billion of capital markets transactions for small and middle market banks and financial services companies. 

She is the lead independent director and chairman of the nominating and governance committee of Independence Realty Trust (NYSE:  IRT), a multi-family REIT headquartered in Philadelphia and focused primarily on communities in the Southeast.  She is an independent director of Arlington Asset (NYSE:  AI), a mortgage REIT based in McLean, Virginia.

Monica O'Neill

Ms. O’Neill is an international investment management executive with over 20 years of experience inequity capital formation, global marketing and market entry, risk management and compliance. She has a proven track record of working at top executive levels within leading global organizations and Fortune 500 companies and understands the fiduciary responsibilities of capital allocation, fiscal management and corporate governance within the international financial industry. Ms. O’Neill also has expertise in business operations and compliance working with alternative investment classes, especially private equity real estate firms. She is comfortable navigating countries and challenges to consistently deliver bottom line results. Ms. O’Neill is the CEO of ENSO Advisors, a comprehensive equity capital, marketing and investment product development consultancy she founded. ENSO advises companies in the expansion of their client base and care, improvement of compliance and governance, augmentation of their international profile, and preparation for equity capital campaigns.

Ms. O’Neill has significant expertise in business development and operations working with a number of investment firms, public/private partnerships and not for profits. She is adept at navigating cultural and strategic challenges to consistently deliver bottom line results. 

Betsy Thurston 

Betsy is the Development Director for Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital. She has been at the Council for six years and manages a team of four that oversee fund-raising for the organization. This includes: the grassroots family campaign, major gifts, corporate/foundation giving and special events and promotions. Prior to working at Girl Scouts, the majority of her career has been with the Council on Competitiveness as their VP for membership; International Federation of Red Cross Red Crescent Societies; and, the American Red Cross. At the Council, she worked closely with corporate CEO’s, university presidents and labor leaders. At the International Federation, she was responsible for developing and securing multi-national relationships in the millions of dollars. At the American Red Cross, Betsy started off in the communications department and then moved to development. In the fund-raising department, she developed tools and national campaign materials for local campaign as well as emergency disaster campaigns. She started working on board development at the American Red Cross and has continued that effort throughout her career. As a graduate of the University of Maryland in visual communications, her career has taken many interesting turns.


Executive Members who would like to register for these session, please email [email protected]