Susan Taylor Keynotes The Atlanta Women's Foundation 17th Annual Fundraising Luncheon

Susan Taylor will headline the Atlanta Women’s Foundation’s 17th annual Numbers Too Big To Ignore luncheon on Oct. 23, at noon at the Georgia World Congress Center.

The annual fundraiser brings together key leaders and supporters from the greater Atlanta business and nonprofit communities to celebrate women and girls and recognize those who support AWF’s efforts to build a better future for Atlanta’s women and girls. Taylor, Editor Emerita of Essence Magazine and Founder of the National Cares Mentoring Movement, is well known for her support of such programs.

Taylor is synonymous with Essence magazine, the brand she built as its fashion and beauty editor, as editor-in-chief and editorial director. For nearly three decades, as the driving force behind one of the most celebrated Black-owned businesses of our time, Taylor has become a legend in the magazine publishing world. For 27 years, she authored one of the magazine’s most popular columns, “In the Spirit.”

A fourth-generation entrepreneur, Taylor grew up in Harlem working with her father in his women’s clothing store. She founded her own cosmetics company, which led to the beauty editor’s position at Essence. Her passion and focus today is the National Cares Mentoring Movement, a call to action, which she founded in 2006 as Essence Cares.

The Cares Mentoring Movement is a massive campaign to recruit one million able adults to help secure children who are in peril and losing ground. Taylor is an engaging speaker, is passionate about women and girls, and has deep connections to the Atlanta community. To learn more about Susan L. Taylor or National Cares Mentoring Movement, visit

“It is an honor to have Susan L. Taylor as our featured speaker at this year’s luncheon,” said Luncheon Chair and AWF Board Member Elizabeth Noe. “Her passion for today’s youth speaks to the mission of The Atlanta Women’s Foundation to be a catalyst for change for the girls in our community with a goal of eliminating generational poverty.”

Noe added, “We also couldn’t be more thrilled to introduce our new Executive Director Kelly Dolan to the greater Atlanta community. She is a proven-leader who has a passion for the women and girls of Atlanta.”

Individual tickets for the luncheon are available for $150 and tables of 10 are $1,500. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit A variety of sponsorship opportunities are also available. For information on sponsorships, contact Wendy Kelley at or 404.577.5000 x106.

The Atlanta Women’s Foundation’s mission is to be a catalyst for change in the lives of women and girls and to end generational poverty. The Foundation has invested more than $12 million in Atlanta area nonprofit organizations. As the only public foundation in Georgia dedicated solely to women and girls, AWF identifies and leverages community resources to make a significant impact on breaking the cycle of generational poverty.

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