About the Foundation of the WPO

The Foundation of the Women Presidents Organization, Inc. (the “Foundation”) is a tax-exempt IRC 501(c)(3) charitable organization classified as an IRC 509(a)(3) Type II supporting organization to the Women Presidents Organization, Inc. (“WPO”). It was created to support the educational initiatives and interests of the WPO, the ultimate affiliation for successful women entrepreneurs worldwide.

The Foundation was formed to support, benefit and assist the WPO’s mission to accelerate business growth, enhance competitiveness, and promote economic security for women entrepreneurs and women-led businesses. It will provide a vehicle for corporate sponsors, individual donors and other foundations to support WPO’s educational programs with charitable contributions.

The Foundation will also provide funding for the following types of activities:

  • Speakers for the WPO Entrepreneurial Excellence Forum
  • Panels, workshops and webinars
  • Research, white papers and books
  • Websites or microsites with educational content
  • Enhanced WPO chapter resources
  • Regional programs
  • Other educational programs
  • Incremental educational resources, underwritten by the Foundation, will be made available to WPO members and to women entrepreneurs who will benefit from the expertise of WPO members.

Make Your Donation to FWPO

With your donation to the FWPO, we are able to offer quality programming such as Leading Business and Personal Transitions, and resources such as Spark. The FWPO is a nonprofit 501 c(3) organization, EIN #47-4461014. Contributions to the FWPO are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law as charitable contributions, except for the estimated value of goods and services provided by the Foundation.

Solicitation Disclosure


Leading Business and Personal Transitions

Thanks to support from Wells Fargo, the FWPO was able to host the first Leading Business and Personal Transitions Program at Harvard Business School (HBS) in 2023, followed by another successful session in 2024. This exclusive program, created and led by the exceptional professors Lynda Applegate and David Ager, was designed specifically for WPO. This rare opportunity allowed WPO members to learn from top professors at HBS and have enriching discussions with other women business owners.


Harvard ManageMentor Spark

In 2023 the FWPO launched Spark by Harvard Business Publishing, to all Chapter Chairs, and WPO members at no additional cost to their existing membership. Spark is a flexible online program which contains access to 18,500+ articles, 1630+ videos, 1500+ podcasts, 700+ HBR cases, and the ability to self-curate customized learning paths. In 2023, we launched a supplementary tool for Chapter Chairs to deliver relevant, engaging content at chapter meetings using Spark resources, called Spark Kits. The kits are topical-based overviews containing summaries of Spark content, discussion starters and key resources, with facilitation instructions.

Foundation Board of Directors

Camille Burns (CEO), Women Presidents Organization

Judith Goldkrand (Chair), Wells Fargo

Susan Denk (Treasurer), White Crane Construction LLC

Kathy Pedrotti Hays (Secretary), Pedrotti Hays, Inc.


Shawntera Hardy, Amethyst Advisory Group, LLC

Nicolette Algene Jacobs, PricewaterhouseCoopers

Linda Hamilton* (CPA), Linda A. Hamilton, CPA LLC

Meryl Unger* (Counsel), Katsky Korins, LLP