Women's Giving Alliance

Wednesday on “First Coast Connect” we spoke with former Jacksonville City Council President and chair of Florida’s Commission on Ethics about a move by legislative leaders to place additional restrictions on the commission’s operations. Ahead of Wednesday’s Women’s Giving Alliance annual forum we heard from Alliance President Ellen Wiss and speaker Mike Beard, the executive director for the United Nations Foundation Advocacy and Global Health. St. Augustine historian and author Robert Gold talked about his latest book “Dead and Gone,” and St. Augustine Distillery CEO Philip McDaniel discussed a bill in the state legislature to benefit distilleries in Florida. 


Thursday on “First Coast Connect” we spoke with Olympic gold medalist and civil rights attorney Nancy Hogshead-Makar on the impact of Title IX on women’s sports. We also heard from Paula Long, co-chair of the Women’s Giving Alliance National Conference, which is held this month in Atlantic Beach and we heard an update on the construction of the Cowford Chophouse and its 5K run this weekend in downtown Jacksonville.  


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Women's Giving Alliance

Jacksonville's Women’s Giving Alliance recently awarded more than $400,000 to mental health providers.

Tuesday on First Coast Connect guest host Jessica Palombo was joined by longtime friends Bishop Rudolph McKissick Jr., a black Democrat, and Lindsey Brock, a white Republican. They talked about maintaining their 35-year friendship through a contentious presidential election and its aftermath.

We also heard from Ellen Wiss and Paula Liang from the Women’s Giving Alliance.

Jekyll Island Events Manager Nancy Kring Rowan joined us by phone to talk about a month’s worth of events to celebrate the holidays.

And Rethreaded founder Kristin Keen joined us to talk about the Rethreaded Challenge, a campaign to get shoppers to buy gifts made by survivors of the sex trade. 


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There is growing local concern for a public health issue that some may not realize affects not only those suffering directly, but the entire country.