WFMN Interns and Fellows
Interns and Fellows

Funding the Pipeline for Women of Color in Philanthropy

Philanthropy, nonprofits, and communities benefit when women of color are represented in leadership. Recognizing the need for more women of color in philanthropy and nonprofit leadership and development, WFMN launched its Fellowship and Internship Program in 2002. The Reatha Clark King Fellowship and the Wenda Weekes Moore Internship Program are our innovative initiatives to build a pipeline of women of color leaders in philanthropy.

About the Program

Through the program to date, WFMN has engaged 38 women of color and American Indian women in all aspects of its operations, including evaluation, fundraising, grantmaking, and administration. The program also provides rigorous training and professional development opportunities. Interns and Fellows receive one-on-one mentoring and professional coaching; attend workshops on emotional intelligence, executive presence, and action planning; and attend seminars and local and national philanthropy conferences.

Reatha Clark King and Wenda Weekes Moore
Reatha Clark King and Wenda Weekes Moore
Wenda Weekes Moore Internship

As part of the year-long Wenda Weekes Moore Internship, each intern spends four weeks in the summer at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation in Battle Creek, MI, where Wenda served on the board for 26 years. This opportunity allows the intern to gain mentoring, knowledge, and learning experience from a large, private, family foundation.

Reatha Clark King Fellowship

The Reatha Clark King Fellowship, a two-year paid fellowship, plays a central role in the coordination and management of the Women’s Foundation’s Young Women’s Initiative MN (YWI MN). Named for Reatha Clark King in 2007, the fellow works both independently and collaboratively with Foundation staff and other key partners to plan, manage, and implement activities in program development, research and evaluation, meeting design and coordination, grant and contract management, grant and report writing, and publications and materials development.

Investing in Leadership

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As a result of this program, a majority of our Interns and Fellows have gone on to leadership careers in the nonprofit (64%), philanthropic (9%), and corporate (27%) sectors in the United States and abroad. Seven program participants have also been hired and promoted as WFMN staff.
Beyza Pierre
Meet the 2019 Wenda Weekes Moore Intern

Beyza Pierre

Beyza is an upper-class student at Saint Cloud State University (SCSU) studying criminal justice and human relations. As a Transitions intern for the Minnesota Department of Corrections, Beyza assists incarcerated women access resources upon release from prison. As former president of the Organization for the Prevention of AIDs (OPAA) in Africa at SCSU, Beyza is still actively involved in HIV/AIDs awareness and sexual health advocacy. From 2016-18, Beyza worked as a full-time Women’s Domestic Violence Advocate at Anna Marie’s Alliance Shelter helping women escape domestic situations and find resources to achieve stability and independence from abusers. Beyza was also a 2018 summer intern for Carver County Probation. In the future, Beyza hopes to work in restorative justice to help ease community integration, specifically for formerly incarcerated youth, young women, and girls.

“I was first introduced to the Women’s Foundation as a Young Women’s Cabinet member. The Young Women’s Initiative of Minnesota has been an influential experience in my professional career. I have been able to bring what I’ve learned into various spaces, ranging from conversations with my family to class discussions. I am looking forward to bringing all I’ve learned from the Young Women’s Initiative and my prior experiences to this work of creating a more equitable Minnesota for girls and women.”
Brook LaFloe
Meet the 2019 Reatha Clark King Fellow

Brook LaFloe

Brook LaFloe is a member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa and was raised on the East Side of Saint Paul where she graduated from John A. Johnson High School as a Gates Millennium Scholar. She earned a Bachelor of Science in neuroscience and anthropology from Tulane University, where she was part of the Tulane women’s basketball team.

Brook completed her master’s degree in Montessori education from Loyola University-Maryland. She worked with the Montessori American Indian Childcare Center and, after spending two years on the Young Women’s Cabinet, transitioned into a role as the Young Women’s Initiative (YWI) Coordinator at YWCA Saint Paul.

Brook interned at the Tiwahe Foundation, where she learned about the spirit of giving and philanthropy. She enjoys Pow Wowing as a fancy shawl dancer, spending time with her kid brother and engaging in her community and anything sport-related.

“I am excited for the Reatha Clark King Fellowship because I feel like this is my opportunity to give back to the Young Women’s Initiative. I have come full circle with the Initiative, having benefited tremendously from my Cabinet experience and work with the YWCA St. Paul. I’ve learned about myself as a women, advocate, and ally for racial and gender equity. Now I get to show up in ways that I can give back to the Initiative to help more young women thrive. It is an honor to be in this role. I hope to express my gratitude for this work by giving back as much as I have received. Miigwech (thank you)!”