Power of the Purse

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Arkansas Governor’s Mansion, and Virtual



Woman in Business – Tamika S. Edwards, JD, Central Arkansas Water

Woman in Philanthropy – Beverly Morrow, Board Chair, Arkansas Children’s

First Lady’s Woman in Public Service – Dr. Jerrilyn Jones, MD, MPH, UAMS, Arkansas Department of Health



Martie North & Scott Hamilton


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


Due to the uncertainty surrounding Covid-19, the 2021 Power of the Purse has been planned based on known capacity restrictions. Therefore:

  • Individual tickets are only available virtually.
  • Sponsorship opportunities that include in-person tickets can be found here.

As we continue to monitor and adjust, additional in-person opportunities may become available for events surrounding Power of the Purse. If you would like to be kept apprised of these plans, please complete this form or email Becky Flynn at bflynn@womensfoundationarkansas.org. 

Confirmed sponsors may mail form with check to:

400 West Capitol Avenue, Suite 1242, Little Rock, AR 72201

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 women 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.