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Welcome to the AWC Matrix Foundation website!  The AWC Matrix Foundation, a 501(c)3 tax exempt foundation under the IRS code, was established in 1998 as the educational affiliate of The Association for Women in Communication. Donations to the Foundation are tax deductible. The Matrix Foundation provides several ways for you to donate and help other communicators. Most recently, AWC and the AWC Matrix Foundation Boards have worked together to establish the Linda Hankemeier Memorial CCP Scholarship Fund, to partially fund fees associated with earning the Certified Communications Professional (CCP) designation.

For each AWC National Conference, the AWC Matrix Foundation has been able to provide scholarships for students to attend the conference through its Barbara Ericksen Memorial Fund.  The 2015 scholarship recipients were Megan Murnane from Washington State University and Sarah Dewberry from Rogers State University.  Learn more about the conference from Megan’s perspective below.

Connecting to Conference: A Rising Star’s View
By Megan Murnane

scholarships15Association for Women in Communications members converged at Kansas City, Missouri to connect, engage and advance at the 2015 national conference. At the Embassy Suites, attendees had the chance to listen to inspiring speakers and have thought-provoking discussions.

The two-day conference started with an “AWC Connects” workshop. The focus was on sharing ideas as well as discussing problems with the respective chapters and working to find solutions. Connecting and talking with other members gave me the confidence to try out some new ideas with the student chapter I am president of.

The opening luncheon, sponsored by the AWC Matrix Foundation, was held after the workshop. The keynote speaker was Nanette Braun, Chief of Communications and Advocacy at UN Women. Engaging and advancing women is what she is focused on, especially engaging world leaders to have gender parity by 2030, called “Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step it Up for Gender Equality”. When asked why women often shy away from leadership roles, Braun pointed out that there are not enough role models for them to aspire to, and that needs to change.  Read the full article here…

Support the AWC Matrix Foundation

If you would like to help the AWC Matrix Foundation support learning and networking opportunities for students, continuing education for our members, recognition for outstanding women, and possible communications research projects, please donate online here.  All gifts are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.  In addition, as you shop online throughout the year, please sign up for www.Igive.com. Be sure to designate the Matrix Foundation as a recipient of a portion of the funds you spend.  There is no additional cost to you.  Learn more about ways to contribute to the AWC Matrix Foundation here.

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