Power of the Purse

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Statehouse Convention Center, 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.


Power of the Purse will now be held at the Statehouse Convention Center in downtown Little Rock. We are thrilled that this venue change will allow for greater distancing while better maintaining the safety of all guests. The WFA plans to have a maximum of 500 guests in attendance at this event, in a room that typically accommodates 1,000.

Masks will be mandatory for everyone in the room for the entirety of the event.

Sponsorship opportunities can be found here.

In-person individual tickets: SOLD OUT 

Virtual individual tickets are $25 each.

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.

Luncheon History

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.

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2021 Power of the Purse Sponsors

Presenting Level Sponsor 

Partner Level Sponsors

Women-Owned Level Sponsors

Patron Level Sponsors

Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield

Arkansas Community Foundation

Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corporation

The Breast Center at CARTI

CDI Contractors

Cross, Gunter, Witherspoon & Galchus, P.C.

Dassault Falcon Jet


The Hatcher Agency

KWilkins Consulting Group

The Family of Beverly Morrow

University of Arkansas Foundation

UAMS – University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences