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The 2022 Women for Philanthropy Luncheon

The Women for Philanthropy Luncheon is a premier networking opportunity for female leaders and philanthropists to gather, either in-person or virtually, to embrace their passion for giving back. 

Every year, the UND Alumni Association & Foundation hand-selects nonprofit leaders and philanthropists to teach us tangible ways of making a difference in our community.

We're excited to announce that Missy Heilman, '01, Founder and Executive Director of BIO Girls, will keynote this year's event. Styled as a talk show hosted by our CEO, DeAnna Carlson Zink, the 2022 Women for Philanthropy luncheon will take place from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday, April 12, at the Gorecki Alumni Center. If you can't make the in-person event, we encourage you to participate by joining virtually. Registration can be found at the bottom of this page.

Missy Heilman, '01 | Founder & Executive Director of BIO Girls
Determined. Fearless. Leader.

A dream to mentor a younger generation has led to increasing the self-esteem of thousands of young girls. Even in her wildest dreams, Missy Heilman couldn't have predicted the growth and impact BIO Girls is having across the Midwest. With a background in business management and marketing, Missy worked primarily in the marketing technology industry for 15 years before BIO Girls became her full-time job. As Executive Director of BIO Girls, Missy ensures that all decisions are mission-centric, serves as the chief program architect, and directs the vision of the organization. Yet, her favorite role continues to be Site Director where she works directly with young girls to find their inner worth. A mom to three girls and wife to husband Tom, Missy balances her time with family duties and a love for adventure. Whether it's traveling (the mountains are calling), mountain biking, running, or cheering her kids on in their activities, Missy tackles it all with enthusiasm. Missy is a graduate of the University of North Dakota, where she competed in track and field and earned degrees in exercise science and nutrition. As a recipient of an NCAA postgraduate scholarship, Missy went on to earn an MBA from NDSU. Often described as 'fearless', Missy's favorite piece of advice for the young and old alike is not to fear failure.

Missy's favorite quote: “She is clothed with strength and dignity and laughs without fear of the future.” — Proverb 31:25

For one day only, at the 2022 Women for Philanthropy Luncheon, you'll meet some of the most energetic female philanthropists, participate in intriguing conversations, and gather new ideas from a women-led community of nonprofit marketers and fundraisers like yourself, who are seeking the most innovative solutions and strategies to embrace women in philanthropy.

In-Person ($50)

  • Engage in lively conversations with like-minded female philanthropists

  • Meet Missy Heilman and hear her passion and influence in the world of philanthropy

  • Enjoy lunch provided by UND Campus Catering

  • Receive an exclusive 2022 Women for Philanthropy item

Virtual (Free)

  • Hear Missy Heilman share her story on empowering young girls through boosted self-esteem

  • The first 100 registrants for the virtual component will be entered to win a UND and BIO Girls swag box