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The Women’s Foundation of Arkansas was launched in 1998 when two of our founders, Pat Lile and Olivia Farrell, saw the need for funding dedicated to investing in projects that support women and girls in our community. These women were instrumental in seeking out prominent female leaders from “Top 100 Women in Arkansas,” where the idea for an organization for and by women was initiated. We strive to not only expand educational opportunities for women who do not have access to them, but also empower and equip women with necessary resources for emerging occupations, improve the economic status of women, and promote a mentorship for woemn and girls who are in need of tangible and emotional support.


In 1999, the first Power of the Purse luncheon was held to announce the grants made possible to support these causes with donations from the original founders. WFA now holds this fundraising event each year to honor accomplished women, announce grants made that year, and highlight other WFA programs.

Luncheon Details

  • September 23, 2016 from 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
  • Marriott Downtown Ballroom, Little Rock
  • 2016 Woman in Business: Elise Mitchell
  • 2016 Woman in Philanthropy: Angela Moody
  • 1st Lady’s Woman in Public Service: Commissioner Colette D. Honorable
  • Keynote Address: Carol Coletta
  • Reservations: $100

Learn who we are, what we do, and how you can help women in Arkansas be stronger. When women succeed, Arkansas succeeds.


The registration deadline was Monday, September 19. We look forward to celebrating with everyone who reserved tickets!


Elise S. Mitchell / 2016 Woman in Business / Women's Foundation of Arkansas

Elise S. Mitchell

2016 Woman Business Leader of the Year

Elise is an accomplished strategic communications professional whose entrepreneurial spirit helped build Mitchell into one of the top 10 fastest-growing firms globally and a two-time Agency of the Year winner – honored by both PRWeek and The Holmes Report.

Today Mitchell is the leading PR brand in Dentsu Aegis Network, where Elise is also building a global PR capability for the network.

Among many other recognitions, Elise has been named PRWeek Public Relations Professional of the Year and a Top 50 Power Player in PR.

Elise holds a master’s degree from the University of Memphis.  She is a wife, mom, runner, motorcyclist and passionate advocate for women entrepreneurs.

Angela Moody / 2016 Woman of the Year in Philanthropy / Women's Foundation of Arkansas

Angela Moody

2016 Woman of the Year in Philanthropy

Angela Moody has played an integral role in the Central Arkansas philanthropic community for the past 15 years. Originally from Fayetteville, she made her home here in Central Arkansas in 2003.

Angela was included in Soiree Magazine’s 2010 Class of Women to Watch, and in 2011 she co-chaired former Governor Mike Beebe’s inauguration. Some standouts in her community vitea include Women’s Foundation of Arkansas and its Designing Women initiative, 20th Century Club, Women and Children First, UAMS Harvey & Bernice Jones Eye Institute and Our House, to name a few. In 2016 she is not only being honored by the Women’s Foundation of Arkansas, but she also served as honorary chair for Arkansas Lighthouse for the Blind “Bingo for Bags” event.

In addition to her community work, Angela is most proud of her role as a mother and of her homeroom mom work for her daughter’s class.

Commissioner Colette D. Honorable / Inaugural First Lady's Woman in Public Service / Women's Foundation of Arkansas

Commissioner Colette D. Honorable

Inaugural First Lady’s Woman in Public Service

Commissioner Colette D. Honorable was nominated to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission by President Barack Obama in August 2014, and unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate in December 2014 for a term that expires in June 2017. An attorney, Commissioner Honorable came to FERC from the Arkansas Public Service Commission, where she served since October 2007, and led as Chairman from January 2011-January 2015.

Prior to joining the Arkansas PSC, Honorable served as chief of staff to then Arkansas Attorney General Mike Beebe and as a member of the governor’s cabinet as Executive Director of the Arkansas Workforce Investment Board. Her previous employment includes service as a consumer protection and civil litigation attorney, and as a senior assistant attorney general in Medicaid fraud before serving as an adjunct professor at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock School of Law.

A native of Arkansas, Honorable is a graduate of the University of Memphis and received a Juris Doctor from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock School of Law.

Carol Coletta / 2016 Power of the Purse Keynote Speaker / Women's Foundation of Arkansas

Keynote Speaker

Carol Coletta

Carol Coletta is a senior fellow with The Kresge Foundation’s American Cities Practice. She is leading a proposed $40 million collaboration of foundations, nonprofits and governments to demonstrate the ways in which a connected set of civic assets – a civic commons – can yield increased and more widely share prosperity for cities and neighborhoods.

She formerly was vice president of Community and National Initiatives for the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. She led the two-year start-up of ArtPlace, a public-private collaboration to accelerate creative placemaking in communities across the U.S. and was president and CEO of CEOs for Cities for seven years.

She also served as executive director of the Mayors’ Institute on City Design, a partnership of the National Endowment for the Arts, U.S. Conference of Mayors and American Architectural Foundation.

For nine years, she was host and producer of the nationally syndicated weekly public radio show Smart City, where she interviewed more than 900 international leaders in business, the arts and cities.