We have something exciting happening – and we’d love for you to be a part of it!
Monday, August 26, 2024 Schultz Center 6:00 to 8:00 pm

The Women’s Center of Jacksonville (WCJ) presents Women, Words & Wisdom, an evening that brings our community together to celebrate, motivate, and inspire! Created as a lecture series, our program features talented and dynamic women who will delight, inform, and entertain you. Our keynote speaker is Dr. Ellen Glasser, former FBI agent, city mayor, unifier, and a staunch advocate for women in leadership roles. The evening’s theme “Finding Your Voice in Challenging Times” also showcases our annual Sheros and Heros. These special awards recognize individuals who work tirelessly to improve the lives of women in our community. We look forward to seeing you there!

Join us for a great evening of celebration, motivation and inspiration!

Tickets are $75
Sponsorships start at $500

Enjoy delicious hors d’oeuvres, a selection of alcohol/non-alcohol beverages, and a fun, meaningful evening! Sponsors will enjoy a private VIP Reception at 5:30 pm with our Keynote Speaker 
and our Sheros & Heros.

Women, Words & Wisdom takes place on Women’s Equality Day, a national day celebrating the importance of the women’s suffrage movement and the passage of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote.


“Finding Your Voice in Challenging Times”

This year we spotlight Dr. Ellen Glasser as she takes us on a life adventure, sharing her pilgrimage from FBI agent, to mayor, to family loss, and most recently her journey towards a Netflix television documentary!

Many of you may recognize Dr. Glasser as the former Mayor of Atlantic Beach. However, Dr. Glasser was also one of the nation’s first female FBI Agents, working many high-profile cases including the Iran-Contra Investigation, homicides, extortion, terrorism and kidnappings. After 9/11, she became the inaugural Coordinator of the North Florida Joint Terrorism Task Force. This summer, Dr. Glasser is featured in the Netflix documentary, “How to Rob a Bank,” a true-crime story about a charismatic rebel in 1990s Seattle, nicknamed “Hollywood”, who pulls off an unprecedented string of bank robberies.

This is a not-to-be-missed evening with a woman who has dedicated her life and career to being a unifier, bringing together unlikely allies for causes that matter. She is a staunch advocate for women in leadership and on this special evening, she will share her journey to help us “find our own voice”!

Each year at this event, we honor our Unsung Sheros & Heros. These annual awards recognize individuals who work tirelessly to improve the lives of women in our community but have never been publicly recognized.

Join us for a great evening of celebration, motivation and inspiration!

Through events like this, we build awareness for gender equity, and promote the many services we provide including a 24/7 sexual assault hotline; forensic exams for assault survivors; trauma-informed therapy for depression, anxiety, stress, grief, and PTSD; campus/community programs focused on bystander intervention and prevention; support for women facing breast cancer; and literacy support through community partnerships.

For additional information or sponsorship questions, please contact Maria Johnson,
Director of Development at (904) 722-3000 Ext. 203 or email: mjohnson@thewcj.org


Ruth and Bob Pinder 

Barbara Barrett & Ellen Thrower

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