We Are PowHERful
The PowHERful Foundation’s mission is to get young women to, and through, college.
We provide young women with scholarship and paid internship opportunities.
We provide scholars opportunities to connect with valuable mentors.
Our wraparound services connect scholars with vital community resources.
Since 2011, we have helped thousands of young women successfully access, thrive, and graduate college. Our financial assistance, enrichment opportunities, and services have helped our scholars realize their full potential.
Young women served
From community gatherings, enrichment conferences to galas honoring extraordinary individuals, PowHERful Foundation holds a number of events that help us advance our mission.
The annual PowHERful Gala is our largest fundraiser. Proceeds from the Gala benefit the PowHERful Scholarship Program and the Enrichment Conferences, which are hosted across the country for high school and college-aged women.
Soledad O'Brien is founder and CEO of Starfish Media Group, a multi-platform media production and distribution company. Through SMG, O'Brien reports for HBO’s “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel.” She also hosts the National Geographic Bee and produces reports and documentaries for CNN, Al Jazeera, and NBC. She is a critically acclaimed author and speaker.
Co-founder and Board Chairperson
Brad Raymond is a Senior Managing Director and Head of Investment Banking. Brad joined Stifel in connection with Stifel's acquisition of Thomas Weisel Partners LLC in July 2010. Mr. Raymond joined Thomas Weisel Partners in 2004 and has over 20 years of investment banking experience.
Co-Founder and Treasurer
Kim Bondy is an award-winning TV producer and media executive. Until 2016, she served as senior vice president for Al Jazeera America. In that role, Bondy oversaw long form programs, documentaries and news programming.
As a Business Inclusion Systems & Programs Design Manager, Lucy works to level the playing field for communities that have inequitable access to technology and economic opportunity.
Pharrell Williams started performing as a teen. He joined forces with his friend Chad Hugo and they became known as in-demand production team the Neptunes, working with such artists as Jay-Z, Gwen Stefani and Britney Spears.
Sandra L. Richards is a Managing Director of Morgan Stanley and Head of Business Development & Segment Marketing in Wealth Management based in Purchase, NY.
Keith Reinhard is Chairman Emeritus of DDB Worldwide. He is one of the few agency heads to rise through the creative side of the business.
Kate is an in-house attorney at an investment bank and has focused on corporate governance, M&A and financing, and media & entertainment matters at firms including, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom and Hogan Lovells.
Dr. Patsy McNeil is the Chief of Patient Experience of USACS East. She was a campus partner of MEP Health; a multi-service acute care healthcare company founded in 1997.
Jay Kriegel is Senior Advisor for the Related Companies, developer of Hudson Yards, the largest project in New York City history with 17 million square feet of residential, commercial and retail space.
Mr. Kalsi is a Founder of GreenOak Real Estate, an independent, partner-owned real estate principal investing firm that seeks to create long-term value for its investors and clients.
Deborah Pond has twenty-five years of legal experience. She is currently the General Counsel for Coca-Cola Beverages Florida, a Coca-Cola bottler based in Florida.
Prashanthi Rao Raman is Director of Public Policy at Lyft, the ridesharing company.
These young women inspire us with their intelligence, grit, resilience, and excellence. Thanks to individuals like you, we are helping them get to, and through, college.