Women's Philanthropic Leadership Circle

The Women’s Philanthropic Leadership Circle: Celebrating 15 Years

Founded in 2002, the Women’s Philanthropic Leadership Circle (WPLC) has made a priority out of engaging interest in philanthropy and channeling it into initiatives that support women’s leadership. Its mission is to create a welcoming circle of women, combining their resources to support and develop future women leaders and philanthropists through CEHD. While every woman is powerful in her own right, women working together can be an even greater force for change – in their workplaces, in their communities and in the world.

Below are a few of the women nominated to receive awards. For the full list, click here.

Rising Star Faculty Award
Daheia Barr-Anderson, Kinesiology
Daheia earned her bachelor of science degree in biology from Winthrop University. She received a master of science in public health focusing on epidemiology from the University of South Carolina, and earned her Ph.D. in kinesiology from the University of Maryland, College Park. Daheia’s research centers on increasing physical activity behavior and decreasing sedentary behavior among children, particularly ethnic minority females; utilizing family- and community-based physical activity and healthy eating interventions; and examining how the physical and social environments of families and homes influence physical activity and healthy eating behaviors. Dr. Barr-Anderson regularly presents her research locally, nationally and internationally. On all accounts of scientific merit, she is establishing herself as a leader and expert in this field.


Graduate Student Award – Doctoral
Jeanna Wieselmann, Curriculum and Instruction
After earning her bachelor’s degree here, Jeanna completed her master’s in elementary education. She currently aspires to be a professor at a Research 1 institution, where she can spend her career working to make STEM experiences accessible and meaningful for girls. Receiving this award will enable her to conduct cross-cultural research on STEM programs and their effects on elementary girls’ interest and confidence in STEM. In visiting Japan, she will strengthen connections between the University of Minnesota and Shizuoka University, where she will be the first visiting scholar from her department.


Graduate Student Award – Master’s
Rekha Banerjee, Social Work
Rekha is pursuing a master’s degree in social work to meet her long-term goal of opening an addiction treatment center for women in Kolkata, India. She earned her bachelor of arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. With a previous career in organic farming within underprivileged communities, she will develop a farm-based treatment program, utilizing horticulture therapy as a vehicle for change. She spent last year independently in India, volunteering with addiction treatment programs, the State Mental Hospital and a women’s health advocacy organization.


If you’d like to make a gift online to support the WPLC, click here.

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