Connect with Kindred Spirits

Connect with Kindred Spirits

Great Dames was started when we learned, through research, interviews, and experience, how much women yearn for friendships and connections, and that our society was providing fewer ways for women to connect in authentic ways. Great Dames has experimented with many types of programs and found out what works. Here is the formula: unite extraordinary speakers together with women who have a passion for growing, add fun and interaction and connect it to a cause that needs support. The result is an evening when kindred spirits connect. Here are a few of our current programs.

To learn more, see our Events Page.

The Great Dames “Powerful Conversations” Series 
Great Dames believe in the power of conversations to create change, because real conversations foster learning and drive us to action, especially when we are inspired by these Amazing Dames. The Great Dames Fund donates 100% of proceeds from these events to causes that empower women and girls, designated by the speakers. 
Here are just a few examples…
Jill and Ashely2   Bebe2   Ellen2
Carla2   Jane2  Young women2
Images by Paul Pruitt Photography and members of the Great Dames Community.


Small, supportive circles of inspiring women who are focused on bringing out their “inner Great Dame” by sharing expertise, experience and laughter. Hosted in the comfort and intimacy of a private setting. Great Dames Discovery Circles are patterned after the great Salons of the 19th century where people gathered to learn and grow through engaging speakers and conversations. A unique aspect of our circles is the stress on cross-generational perspectives. At no additional cost, we invite you to bring a daughter, niece, or younger colleague.  Each circle is facilitated by a guest expert and the proceeds benefit a local nonprofit organization that empowers women and girls. 

Topics have included: 

  • Discovering Your Best Image
  • Discovering Your Inner Artist
  • Discovering Your Story
  • Discovering Your Passion for Volunteerism
  • Discovering the Power of Conversation
  • Discovering Your Creative Self: The Artist’s Way
Great Dames Chapter of Dining for Women
Dining for Women is a dinner giving circle. We meet once a month, each bringing a dish to share, and our “dining out” dollars (what we would have spent if we had eaten at a restaurant) are sent to programs empowering women worldwide. Proceeds support grass-roots programs in education, healthcare, vocational training, micro-credit loans and economic development. These programs are aimed to improve the living situations for women and their families, by providing the tools they need to make changes.
Great Dames is honored to be part of this innovative program, and we hope you can join us at our next event. We meet on the first Wednesday of every month at 5:30 – 7:00 pm, at Galer Winery, 700 Folly Hill Foad, Kennett Square, PA (behind Longwood Gardens).

Make Your Mark Exchange Oct 2011_4Make Your Mark Exchanges

Great Dames has engaged hundreds of women in dialogue over the past two years. One of the key themes that has emerged from conversations in our community is that women want to make their mark in the world. Successful women think seriously about the impact they are having now and in future generations. Each year we host special events called Make Your Mark Exchanges where women inspire each other with stories and wisdom on how to leave a legacy that matters.