2018 Wisconsin Women of Color Network Annual
Scholarship Fundraiser
Supporting Students and Entrepreneurs
By Jonathan Gramling

Back in the 1980s when the Wisconsin Women of Color Network was formed,
professional women faced an oftentimes indifferent or hostile work environment that
didn’t go out of its way to foster rewarding climbs up the career ladder. WWOCN, as it is
affectionately known, gave support and information to women of color as they advanced
in their careers as well as gave them vital information in their own self-care as they
juggled family and work.

WWOCN gets together four times per year, with their annual scholarship fundraiser held
during early December serving as a signature event.

On December 1, about 75 people turned out at the DoubleTree Hotel to be in community
with each other, buy Christmas and holiday gifts from the female entrepreneurs whose
booths lined the banquet room and to bid on silent auction items whose proceeds fun
WWOCN’s high school and continuing student scholarships.

It is a special time of the year for those who make it their number one source of gifts
year after year. And the positive ambience would put even Scrooge into the holiday,
giving spirit.