From Behind the Desk: The Evolution of Philanthropy – One Funder’s Journey; A Conversation with Joanne Jaxtimer and Liz Page
feature event
date and time October 24, 2017 | 8:00am-10:00am Location Westin Hotel Copley Place Price $60 for members, $60 for non-members, Tables of 10 $400 Discounted valet parking (at the Westin Hotel) - $18

From Behind the Desk: The Evolution of Philanthropy – One Funder’s Journey; A Conversation with Joanne Jaxtimer and Liz Page

WID Fall Kick-off Breakfast

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

 Fireside Chat: Joanne Jaxtimer, BNY Mellon’s retired co-head of global philanthropy and non-profit consultant

Join Joanne Jaxtimer as she reflects on her decades-long career in the field of philanthropy; her extensive experience directing charitable giving, sponsorship and community partnership programs; and the signature initiatives she has launched to address some of society’s most pressing issues.

The conversation will be facilitated by Liz Page, Principal of Liz Page Associates, an event producer and fundraising consultant who has worked with Joanne on a variety of special projects and campaigns. Their unique perspectives are always presented with wisdom and humor as they reflect on their dynamic approaches to building a better world.


Westin Copley Place
10 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02116

Breakfast and Networking:
8:00 am – 8:30 am

8:30 am – 10:00 am

WID Members: $40 (prior to late registration date of October 17, 2017)
Non-members and late registrants: $60

Tables for 10 can be reserved for $400

No refunds within 7 days of program

Joanne Y. Jaxtimer served as BNY Mellon’s Co-Head of Global Philanthropy in which capacity she directed charitable giving, sponsorship and the community partnership programs for the firm. Internally, her role included building a corporate culture that promoted employee engagement, diversity and inclusion, and reinforced BNY Mellon as an employer of choice. Joanne was a director of both the BNY Mellon Foundation and the BNY Mellon Foundation of Southwestern Pennsylvania. She also served on the boards of the Boston Municipal Research Bureau, Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, and the New England Council. She is a member of the Governor’s Commission on Intellectual Disabilities; the Massachusetts Women’s Forum; and is active with a variety of community organizations.

She was featured in the book Boston, Inspirational Women and has received numerous awards including the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce Pinnacle Award; AFC Mentoring Legacy of Leadership Award; and Bay Cove Caring Couples Award. Joanne graduated from Boston College with a B. A. in Psychology. She lives in Milton, Massachusetts with her husband, Michael Barry, and their son, Michael.


Liz Page, CFRE
Principal, Liz Page Associates
After ten years as a performing artist with the Oregon Mime Theatre, Liz Page moved to Boston in 1982 and began her development career at the Worcester Art Museum. When the AIDS crisis hit she also became a dedicated volunteer at the AIDS ACTION Committee. The Committee soon hired her as its first fundraiser and she launched the AIDS Walk – From All Walks of Life. As Walk Manager for 5 years, she led the team that raised consciousness and millions of dollars to fight the epidemic. She went on to become Executive Director of Development and Public Affairs for the Schepens Eye Research Institute, an affiliate of Harvard Medical School, for four years. 

In 1994, Liz opened Liz Page Associates, a fundraising and special event production company. For over two decades, Liz and her staff have developed a reputation for producing events that raise significant dollars and express the mission of an organization with unforgettable power and style.

Some of her proudest projects at Liz Page Associates include producing the private and public ceremonies for the opening of the New England Holocaust Memorial and the 10th anniversary re-dedication events for the Memorial that raised over $1 million, Above + Beyond, the 25th anniversary gala to benefit Boston MedFlight at Hanscom Air Force Base, My Friend, My World, to benefit FriendshipWorks and celebrate three decades of creating friendships and ending elder isolation, and partnering with Make–A-Wish Massachusetts and Rhode Island for the past decade to support their gala that makes wishes come true for children with life-threatening medical conditions.