Lunch with Leaders Featuring Desiree S. Coleman

Open to: 
All GCG Members (free) & Non-Member Funders ($50)
Friday, May 8, 2020
11:30am to 12:30pm CDT
Online Zoom Meeting
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Featuring Desiree S. Coleman, First Vice President, Diversity and Inclusion - Wells Fargo Advisors & Former GCG Board Member

What is Lunch with Leaders?

Lunch with Leaders is a unique leadership development program aimed at fostering the next generation of philanthropic sector leaders in corporate, private, and family foundations. The program aims to create relationships and spark dialogue among new and experienced grantmakers.

How does it work?

New grantmakers and a rotating cast of experienced grantmakers meet for an informal lunch, coordinated by the Gateway Center for Giving. Each lunch has four spots for new grantmakers and is hosted by one experienced grantmaker. Meeting in small groups encourages informal, yet robust conversation around relevant topics. A "trigger" article (linked below) is sent out in advance, which helps prompt the discussion.

How will it work virtually?

In light of COVID-19, we are moving this lunch online.  Participants will be encouraged to  “Bring Your Own Lunch (BYOL)” and will be offered a gift card to a food delivery site, so they can order in if they so choose.

Who should attend?

GCG Members (free) and Non-Member Funders ($50.00) who have been in the field for less than 5 years. Space is limited to 4 participants.

About Desiree S. Coleman

Desiree S. Coleman is First Vice President of Diverse Client Segments at Wells Fargo Advisors (WFA). She counsels executives, co-facilitates WFA’s diversity & inclusion council, and collaborates with internal teams to drive inclusive leadership and deliver a measurable, value-adding, cross-functional strategy for Wells Fargo Advisors’ 20,000+ team members nationwide.  

Prior to this, she was responsible for Wells Fargo’s $4.1 million Missouri charitable and corporate social responsibility budget. Desiree joined Wells Fargo Advisors from the United Way of Greater St. Louis, where she led volunteer engagement for the African-American affinity group. Earlier, she served as director of the DC Office of Education and Workforce Development, where she built the framework for the implementation of a $3 million federal grant.  

Desiree holds a Masters of Public Administration from Syracuse University, is a previous Gateway Center for Giving board member and currently serves as a Loyola Academy trustee.  She is the recipient of the 2019 Rising Star Award from Investment News and counts her daughters as her inspiration.


Special thanks to Ameren Missouri for sponsoring GCG's Lunch with Leaders series.