Star of the hit ABC television show, “black-ish,” Tracee Ellis Ross has long used her platform and voice to champion causes important to her, advocating for equity, inclusivity and acceptance, which closely align with the core values and mission of the Fairfield County’s Community Foundation’s Fund for Women & Girls.
The Emmy-winning actress, producer and activist will be the keynote speaker at the fund’s annual luncheon April 4 at the Hyatt Regency in Greenwich. The fund is the largest women’s fund in New England. Its 2018 luncheon, which featured Billie Jean King as keynote speaker, raised over $700,000 and drew a crowd of more than 800 supporters.
“We’re honored and delighted to welcome Tracee Ellis Ross as our keynote speaker,” said Tricia Hyacinth, director of the Fund for Women & Girls. “‘Brave Bold You’ is our theme this year, and we believe that theme embodies not just Tracee Ellis Ross but also the work that we do each and every day to improve the lives of women and young girls in communities in our area.”
Echoing her sentiments, foundation CEO Juanita James noted some of the roles and the topics Ross takes on in her television show really delve into both the complexity and challenges and the opportunities women face.
“And she does it in a way that is thoughtful, insightful and compelling but really quite engaging and humorous,” James said. “She brings in a larger audience and exposes them to the challenges that we face whether it’s challenges with respect to unconscious bias or conscious bias, so it is completely in line with the Fund for Women and Girls and what we are trying to do and with the foundation of what we are trying to do.”