Founded by women for women, 100 Strong is a sisterhood of thoughtful, engaged philanthropists.
Together we dive deeper into the biggest challenges facing children, with opportunities to learn from world leaders, experts, and one another. Leveraging our voices, talents, and resources, we aim to strengthen our philanthropic impact and make transformative change for kids around the globe.
Among our strengths is the diversity of interests and perspectives we bring to the group. Whether you have a passion for education, gender equality, community health, or addressing the effects of climate change – 100 STRONG is your pathway to inspire and be inspired to change the world!
Jenny Brorsen DeMartini
Gabriela Hearst, Co-Founder
Molly Davis Macleod
Sue Scribner Mirza
Catherine Oppenheimer, Co-Founder
Susan C. Salice
Janti Soeripto, President & CEO +
Mimi Reichert Sternlicht
Tracy McHale Stuart
Judee Ann Williams
Dona Davis Young
+ Member Ex Officio
March 2023 – A discussion with Ambassador Cindy McCain, US Permanent Representative to the UN Agencies in Rome and incoming Executive Director of the UN World Food Program, about strategies for tackling global hunger and food insecurity. Led by Raj Kumar, author and President & Editor-in-Chief of Devex.
November 2022 – A discussion on the 1 year anniversary of the Ending Childhood Marriage in Sierra Leone project. Honorable P.C. Bal Kurr Kanagbaro Sanka III and Honorable Catherine Tarawally.
September 2022 – The 100 Strong Fall Assembly - 100 Strong members and friends came together on September 21st for the first-ever 100 Strong Assembly, at 6 East 80th Street, an extraordinary residence on Manhattan’s Upper East Side managed by the Frederick R. Koch Foundation. The event began with a panel discussion on “Pathways to Philanthropy” with featured speakers Dr. Georgette Bennett, Founder of Multifaith Alliance for Syrian Refugees, and Navyn Salem, Founder of Edesia Nutrition. Guests also enjoyed the chance to socialize over cocktails and connect during a special dinner hosted by Co-Founder Peg McGetrick.
August 2022 – A Discussion with Steve Roberts on his new book Cokie: A life well lived - Legendary journalist Cokie Roberts was a Founding Member 100 Strong, a longtime Trustee, and a beloved member of the Save the Children family. Steve and Cokie were married for 53 years.
August 2022 – Ukraine, an insider update on the agency’s response for kids and families impacted by war – those still inside the country and those who have fled to neighboring nations. Featuring Janti Soeripto, Save the Children U.S. CEO, Gabriela Alexandrescu, Save the Children Romania CEO, and Sonia Khush, Ukraine Country Director.
May 2022 – Making Progress For Girls In Sierra Leone – Update and interactive conversation about the first eight months of the groundbreaking 100 Strong-inspired Ending Child Marriage pilot in Sierra Leone, with Save the Children program staff and two local leaders, Kailahun District Council Chairman Sahr A.K. Lamin and Paramount Chief Emmanuel Ganawa of Kissy Teng chiefdom.
March 2022 – Discussion with humanitarian experts Gabriella Waaijman and Yolande Wright about the global hunger crisis, and how conflict around the world threatens to push millions more children to the brink of starvation.
October 2021 – Fireside chat with NYT bestselling author Kimberly Williams Paisley and Grammy Award winning country music artist Brad Paisley about fighting hunger, and how, together, we can ensure that kids in rural America have access to nutritious food.
September 2021 – Discussion With Pulitzer Prize-Winning Authors Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn About Their Latest Book Tightrope: Americans Reaching For Hope.
November 2020 – Discussion with Her Excellency Fatima Maada Bio, First Lady of Sierra Leone , about the global movement for girls’ empowerment – how, together, citizens, governments and NGOs are working to end child marriage and gender-based violence, and to keep girls safe and learning during the pandemic and beyond.
May 2020 – Discussion with Esther Duflo, Abdul Latif Jameel Professor of Poverty Alleviation and Development Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; 2019 Nobel Laureate in Economics, on economic development and the alleviation of poverty.
Stirred by a November 2020 conversation with the First Lady of Sierra Leone Fatima Maada Bio, 100 Strong came together to launch a critically important Save the Children initiative, “Ending Child Marriage in Sierra Leone: A Bold Approach for Change,” or ECMSL. The ECMSL project will use an integrated approach to create a shift in beliefs, behaviors, societal norms and policies to turn the tide against the harmful practice, opening the door to brighter futures for girls and women in Sierra Leone.
Members of 100 Strong, make up the vast majority of supporters of this two-year pilot, which has garnered $930,000 in funding toward the total goal of $1.5 million. A major Save the Children partner in this initiative, Her Excellency Maada Bio escaped an arranged marriage to an older man in her early teens, fleeing to the UK with the aid of her sister. As First Lady, she has inspired actions against gender-based violence and child marriage in Sierra Leone since 2018 with her Hands Off Our Girls campaign.
The ECMSL pilot kicked off officially in September 2021. Ramatu Jalloh, Advocacy & Communications Director for Save the Children in Sierra Leone, shared a brief video message thanking 100 Strong for making this exciting work possible. Says Ramatu, “We’re bringing men and boys on board. As leaders, fathers, brothers, they can help shift the belief that the only space for a girl in our world is as a wife and a mother. We will engage paramount chiefs and traditional leaders as champions. As power brokers and local lawmakers, they can facilitate change in communities by enforcing laws to end child marriage."
The First Lady offers her personal thanks to 100 Strong as well in this video tribute – a testament to our shared determination to protect the right of every girl to grow up, access education and have a say in determining her path in life.
Project Summary: Ending Child Marriage in Sierra Leone
A Bold Approach for Change
Progress Report: Ending Child Marriage in Sierra Leone
September 2021 thru April 2022
Progress Report: Ending Child Marriage in Sierra Leone
May 2022 thru October 2022
In the first 8 months of the Ending Child Marriage pilot in Sierra Leone, Save the Children has worked closely with those in the 15 participating Kailahun communities, rooting the program in the perspective of local leaders, elders, men, boys, and girls – including, of course, child brides.
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To become a member or to learn more about 100 STRONG, please contact:
Senior Advisor, Individual Philanthropy
One Hundred Strong Women’s Philanthropic Leadership Network
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