Traci Richards – Founder, 100 Women Who Care Northern Virginia
Traci started the 100 Women Who Care Northern Virginia chapter in May of 2012 after reading about the success of the Cleveland chapter, as written by a fellow former hometown Ravenna, Ohio resident, Cleveland Plain Dealer columnist and author Regina Brett in her book Be the Miracle. She researched the Northern Virginia area and while she found other women’s giving circles, she found nothing similar to the 100 Women Who Care concept. She told two friends and in May of 2012 they held their first meeting with a mere 17 present.
Traci has more than twenty years experience in the management and operation of companies doing business in the health care delivery system. She has senior leadership and consulting experience with privately held healthcare organizations, national non-profits and physician groups, where she shares her expertise in strategic planning, business development, board management and provides technological and marketing solutions.
She is managing partner of HealthCue, LLC, the founder of iCanFind Everything Breast Cancer, a mobile management solution for breast cancer patients and has been known to edit a book or two for friends. She is a graduate of The Ohio State University with a major in Organizational Development and a minor in Economics. Her hobbies include reading and golf.
Laurie Richter – Founder, 100 Women Who Care North Suburban Chicago
Laurie started 100 Women Who Care North Suburban Chicago in May 2013 after meeting a woman at a spouse’s breakfast at a conference she was attending with her husband in Phoenix. The woman’s organization had been the recipient of an award that kept them from going bankrupt, and the premise of the group was so intriguing to Laurie that she came home, conducted research, grabbed a few girlfriends and started the chapter. She is particularly proud that the husband of one of her members liked the idea so much that he put together a group of husbands to upstage the women by donating $110 at each meeting of his newly created group, 100 Men Who Care 10% More.
Laurie has more than thirty years experience working in the market research field, having started with Quaker Oats in the early 80’s’ and later running her own market research consultancy. She has self-published two books, Put Me In Coach: A Parent’s Guide to Winning the Game of College Recruiting and The Recruiting Companion for College Sports. She has spoken at high schools and sports clubs, sharing her research and knowledge on the topic of recruitment.
Laurie received her undergraduate degree from University of Maryland at College Park, and graduate degree from University of Texas at Austin. Laurie is married and has two boys, ages 21 and 24. Now, with a little more time on her hands, she will travel almost anywhere at the drop of a hat.
Colette Robicheau – Founder, 100 Women Who Care Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
In November 2012 Colette fell in love with the simplicity of the 100 Women Who Care model when her co-founder asked if she would be interested in starting a chapter. She had heard about it from a friend who was a member at one of only three existing chapters in Canada at the time. Together they discussed how busy they already were and all the reasons not to do it…and then they jumped right into planning. Colette often says her head was saying no but her heart was saying just do it. Their first meeting was in March 2013 and since then, Colette has assisted many other chapters launch throughout Canada.
With a background in public relations, marketing and event planning, Colette has had a variety of experience with careers in Hotel, a Modeling Agency, Radio, TV and a local Winery. She left the corporate world in 1999 to start her own business as a project management and marketing consultant. She trained as a life coach and the “Get Organized” package she had in her original company grew and morphed into the opening of a whole new company, Organize Anything. Her company provides productivity coaching, training, residential organizing, home staging and redesign.
Colette is passionate about seeing her clients and community create meaningful lives through giving back. When Colette is not working or volunteering she is busy with her own passion – travel.
Leighton Smith – Founder, 100+ Men Who Care Hawkeye Chapter
Leighton helped to start 100+ Men Who Care Hawkeye Chapter in the Iowa City area in late 2013 after joining a 100+ chapter in nearby Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The 100+ concept came to Iowa through a women’s leadership conference in Des Moines, and #ThePowerof100 is quickly expanding in the state, particularly through entrepreneurial networks. The men’s Hawkeye Chapter has worked in lock-stop with the 100+ Women Who Care Hawkeye Chapter since inception. Leighton and women’s chapter co-founder, Vanessa McDonald, were fortunate to be named “Persons of the Year” by local newspaper, The Iowa City Press Citizen, for their work in launching the 100+ concept in Iowa City.
Leighton was raised on a farm near Holstein, IA. He received his undergraduate degree in philosophy from the University of Chicago before returning to Iowa for his JD and MBA from the University of Iowa. In his professional life, Leighton advises entrepreneurs and business owners on growth and exit. He also teaches at the Tippie College of Business at the University of Iowa.
Leighton is the lucky husband to one and father to three. He is most happy on the go and enjoys starting various community projects. He is also involved with Rotary International, leadership programs at the Chambers of Commerce in Iowa City and Cedar Rapids, and his local church food pantry. He and wife Sarah enjoy Corvettes (a family tradition), the Hawkeyes, and playing in the backyard with their kiddos.
Sally Wiarda – Founder, 100 Women Who Care DuPage County
Sally started the 100 Women Who Care, DuPage County, IL in February 2007, after hearing about the meeting run by Karen Dunigan while she was in Jackson, MI visiting family at Christmas in 2006. Her sister-in-law runs a non-profit in Jackson and some immediate needs they had were Karen’s inspiration for the concept of this collective giving model she launched in the fall of 2006. Fast forward…the DuPage chapter just wrapped up their eighth year.
Sally graduated from the University of Iowa with a B.S. from the dental hygiene program. After a stint in Minneapolis in private practice, she and her husband moved back to the Chicago area (home), raised three sons, and she joined the education world. She first worked in a county wide audio-visual resource facility, then found her passion working with elementary school children teaching part time the past 15 years. Her hobbies are reading, gardening, running/working out and most recently completed the University of Illinois-Extension Master Gardening program, a bucket list cross- off!
She was awarded the Good Citizen Award in her home town of Wheaton, IL due to her work with 100 (+) Women Who Care.