Caroline is a brand marketing professional, specializing in innovative consumer brands. At MM.LaFleur, a women’s fashion company, Caroline worked to empower women through professional dress. The company is founded on a belief that Caroline shares: when women succeed in the workplace, the world becomes a better place. Most recently, Caroline joined the cutting-edge at-home fitness company Peloton as a Brand Manager.
Caroline was introduced to The Foundation through her mother and aunt when they began attending the Celebrate Women Breakfast together over ten years ago. The twins decided that since their birthday is close to the Breakfast (and sometimes on the very day), that they should celebrate by hosting friends and family at the Breakfast. After attending her first Breakfast over five years ago, Caroline was inspired and wanted to do more. With role models like them, it’s no wonder Caroline has become a supporter of The Foundation in her own right!
“Radical generosity means giving in a way that pushes you outside of your comfort zone. Whether it is time or money, don’t be afraid to take risks in giving when the end result is positive change in the lives of others.”
While #MeToo and Times Up dominate the headlines, Caroline notes that The Foundation has been working to end gender-based violence for over thirty years. “I choose to invest my time in The Foundation because it is a trusted resource and a leader in women’s philanthropy and is creating a positive, lasting impact on women’s issues,” she shares.
This year, Caroline honored her commitment to radical generosity and her family’s tradition by becoming the youngest member ever to join the Celebrate Women Breakfast’s 2018 Steering Committee. She described this opportunity as amazing and felt privileged to be involved in the planning process of an event that she had been attending since she was a teen. “As an attendee of The Breakfast, I always leave feeling activated and encouraged. From the rhythms of the opening musical act to the words of the honorees, the celebration is high-energy, inclusive, and inspiring. I want the 2,000 guests in the room to share that same feeling—since it exemplifies the spirit of The Foundation,” Caroline said.
Caroline’s role in the Steering Committee for the Breakfast also gave her the opportunity to put her own “radical generosity” into practice. To Caroline, “radical generosity means giving in a way that pushes you outside of your comfort zone. Whether it is time or money, don’t be afraid to take risks in giving when the end result is positive change in the lives of others.”
As a member of the Steering Committee, Caroline’s focused on the idea of the emotional benefit of the event. Often referred to as a seated march, the Breakfast attracts more 2,000 people and what they feel during and after the event was extremely important to Caroline. Reminiscing on my own experience working as a Communications intern at the Breakfast, I have to agree with Caroline. Hearing the stories of the honorees and The Foundation’s grantee partners made me feel activated and encouraged. Judging by the energy of the many guests, I wasn’t alone in my sentiment. The event truly is a celebration–high-energy, inclusive, and inspiring.
In search of more inspiration? For fellow young women looking to impact lives and get involved in philanthropy, Caroline recommends finding the cause that excites you the most and using your passion to guide you. She says, “when people get involved with a cause they truly believe in, they can do amazing work.”