PROVIDENCE, R.I. (February 1, 2021) — The Women’s Fund of Rhode Island (WFRI), a leader in the movement to improve policies that impact women and girls in Rhode Island, is hosting a panel discussion entitled “Black Women Lead”.  This panel will focus on the Black women who are working for social justice and positive change in our state, working at the intersection of racial and gender equity.

The program highlights Black women leading RI organizations and the strategies they are engaging at the intersection of economic, racial & gender justice.  “The women’s movement must play a key role in addressing racism and gender inequity,”said Kelly Nevins, CEO of Women’s Fund of Rhode Island. “The purpose of this program is to explore how we can use our current racial reckoning to drive a meaningful shift towards change.”

Panelist Lisa Ranglin  shares these thoughts on the importance of the panel. “Women have always been the backbone of their families, communities, and the Civil Rights movement. It’s no secret that when Black women rise, they take others with them. It’s critically important for us to deploy a win-win approach to leveling the playing field so underserved communities move from a place of lack to sustainability.”


February 24, 2021 5:30-6:45 pm



The panel will be moderated by Reza Clifton and will feature expert insights from:

  • Kimberly Zouzoua, VP of Strategic Partnerships, Center for Women in Enterprise
  • Ditra Edwards, Co-Founder and Director, Sista Fire
  • Lisa Ranglin, President, Rhode Island Black Business Association

About Women’s Fund of Rhode Island 

Founded in 2001, the Women’s Fund of Rhode Island’s (WFRI) mission is to invest in women and girls through research, advocacy, grant-making, and strategic partnerships designed to advance gender equity through systemic change. As a leader in the movement to improve policies that impact women and girls in Rhode Island, WFRI is focused on building economic security for women and girls, increasing political participation and representation, and conducting research on the specific challenges facing women and girls in the state. For more information on Women’s Fund of Rhode Island, visit