Women’s Philanthropy Initiative

Women Inspire series sparks curiosity, community, collaboration

“To ask the big questions, to think bigger. That’s what we’re here at a university for. There are enormous possibilities when you bring together energetic people who are passionate about their work.” Monica H. Swahn., Distinguished University Professor at the School of Public Health


Curiosity is the beating heart of a university.… more »

Canada’s Consul General in Atlanta, Louise Blais’ Key to Being a Successful Woman


What is Canada’s Consul General in Atlanta, Louise Blais’ key to being a successful woman in leadership?

Kittens. Fostering kittens.


No, not exactly.

As the keynote speaker at the Oct. 5, 2016 Georgia State University Women’s Philanthropy Initiative (WPI) luncheon, Consul General Blais shared how fostering kittens allows her to tap into her… more »

Home Depot Exec and Georgia State Alumna Ann-Marie Campbell Shares Lessons from Experience


Ann-Marie Campbell’s rise from Home Depot cashier to president of the company’s Southern Division is a classic American Dream story, but she always mentions that it didn’t happen without help — or an occasional push to think bigger.

“I’ve always been a confident person, so when there have been times that I’ve lacked confidence,… more »

Women Inspire Lets Georgia State Visionaries Shine on a Bigger Stage


Georgia State has received great acclaim for its racial, ethnic and gender diversity in recent years, but the campus also boasts great diversity of interests, ideas and expertise. All of those types of diversity are showcased in the Women Inspire speakers’ series, which begins its second season Tuesday, Sept. 22 — and,… more »

After Years of Hardship, Mallorie Jones Gets to Celebrate

Mallorie Jones has been on a hot streak lately. A recipient of the Women’s Philanthropy Initiative Scholarship, she became part of the first generation in her family to graduate from college when she earned her B.S. in psychology from Georgia State — with honors — on May 9. And less than a… more »

Business Leader Hala Moddelmog Shares Insights on Leadership and Giving with the Women’s Philanthropy Initiative

Increased power frequently brings with it increased pressure. Hala Moddelmog found that out when she became president of Church’s Chicken nearly 20 years ago.

“We’d signed up with Habitat for Humanity to build 200 homes,” she remembers. “I was brand new at my job, and a little overwhelmed. My first time being in the president’s… more »

Bill and Rita Loventhal: A Leap of Faith That Paid Off

As a Chicago native, Bill Loventhal admits he was skeptical about the advice he received from the director of the Kemper Foundation that he should transfer to Georgia State. “I said, ‘Georgia what?’ I had never been south of Nashville in my life,” he remembers. “But I came down, checked it out, they courted me,… more »

Georgia State Reached Out to Taylor Briggs — and She Made the Most of It

“I wanted to go to a college where they thought I was valuable,” Taylor Briggs says. “Georgia State offered me the Foundation Scholarship right off the bat — they wanted me to come immediately and become part of the Honors College. They basically said, ‘Not only do we want you, we acknowledge that you… more »

For Paulita Bennett-Martin, One Incredible Experience Led to Many More

“It was almost like Moby Dick had come to life,” Paulita Bennett-Martin remembers. “I was swimming in the ocean with my husband, and I heard this sound, and I saw the spout of a whale five feet from me. I swam with it, and it was just me and the whale, for fifteen minutes. I… more »

Women’s Philanthropy Initiative Launched to Encourage Giving and Scholarship Funds

Contact: Charlotte P. Parks, 404-413-7064 GSU Development and Alumni Affairs

Georgia State University has always boasted a diverse student body. Throughout the university’s history, the typical GSU student has balanced school, work and family, putting in long hours to earn a degree. It’s always been a challenge, but Nancy Mansfield, professor of legal studies… more »