Featuring Sarah Bowman, Vice President, Client and Community Relations Assistant Director - PNC
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.
Sarah Bowman serves as the client and community relations assistant director in Missouri and southern Illinois for PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. In this role, Bowman positions PNC as a company engaged in the St. Louis region by overseeing Grow Up Great, the company’s signature philanthropic effort. By way of strategic approaches to employee volunteerism, grant funding, advocacy and thoughtful partnerships Bowman leads PNC’s focus on early childhood education. She also manages PNC Arts Alive, a $4 million, multi-year initiative where funding is directed toward visual and performing art organizations. In addition to corporate philanthropy, Bowman is an integral part of the team that oversees sponsorships, client entertainment, internal communication and market strategy.
Prior to joining PNC Financial Services in March 2015, Bowman spent six years with the St. Louis Rams, most recently serving as corporate social responsibility manager. Bowman has a Bachelor of Arts in communication with a certificate in marketing from Saint Louis University and a Masters of Business Administration from University of Missouri – St. Louis.
Special thanks to Ameren Missouri for sponsoring GCG's Lunch with Leaders series.