The Women’s Fund of Central Ohio announces new equity design institute in partnership with JPMorgan Chase, Zora’s House, and Columbus College of Art and Design

September 2, 2022

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Recently, The Women’s Fund joined our partners to make a major announcement. Working with Zora’s House, Columbus College of Art and Design, and other community partners, we will be launching an equitable design institute for women of color. This collaboration has been years in the making and will transform the way that women of color are integrated into structures of power in Columbus.

“Allowing women of color to address the wealth barriers they face by designing economic solutions that imbed their lived experiences will help eliminate stark disparities that have existed for centuries,” said Kelley Griesmer, President and CEO of The Women’s Fund.

Funded by a $1.5 million investment by JPMorgan Chase, this new equity design institute will empower women of color to generate innovative solutions to the economic barriers they face. The women will come together in cohorts and participate in design sprints to co-create solutions that can be scaled and implemented in Central Ohio and beyond.

“Without women of color engaged in creating solutions, ineffective programs and policies are funded and implemented. This is a true systems-change investment that will start at the root cause of how decisions are made, and is a critical step toward designing a city that hears, responds to, and implements a vision of economic prosperity designed by those most impacted by obstacles,” said LC Johnson, Founder & CEO of Zora’s House.

The institute will be headquartered at Zora’s House. Other community organizations participating in this collaborative effort include the Affordable Housing Trust, the Columbus Urban League, the Women’s Center for Economic Opportunity, and YWCA Columbus.

The Women’s Fund is thrilled to be a part of this groundbreaking initiative that is a culmination of over a year of hard work and dedication to uplifting women’s voices in our community.

Read more about this new initiative in The Columbus Dispatch and Columbus Business First.

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