Meet Wendy H. Steele
A dedicated philanthropist, passionate entrepreneur, and inspiring speaker, Wendy H. Steele is the author of Invitation to Impact and the founder of Impact100, a nonprofit that streamlined the giving circle model to transform communities worldwide.
A Lifetime of Giving
From a young age, Wendy’s family instilled in her the value of giving back with the intention of leaving the world a little better than she found it. Wendy believes strongly in the power of generosity, and her creation of Impact100 brought a powerful model to the giving circle movement that has since given away more than $123 million to worthy causes throughout the world.
Since the founding of Impact100 in 2001, Wendy has worked tirelessly to share her philanthropy expertise through speaking engagements, volunteer work, and her forthcoming book Invitation to Impact. Recognized by Forbes in 2021 as one of 50 women over 50 who are leading the world in impact, Wendy is a truly inspirational philanthropist and a role model for women everywhere.
Awards & Recognitions
See Wendy’s latest distinctions and achievements
Harriet Buescher Lawrence ’34 Prize
Recognizes outstanding contributions to society by any member of the Connecticut College community.
Woman of Excellence Award
Honors women who, through their current careers or volunteer work, have enhanced business, education, culture, or philanthropy in the Westchester community and surrounding areas.
Outstanding Community Leadership Award
Legislative recognition for being an outstanding Community Leader benefiting the Commonwealth of Kentucky and beyond.
Key to the City of Cincinnati
The key to the city is presented to esteemed visitors, residents, or others whom the city wishes to honor. Bestowed in recognition of the achievements of Impact100 in Cincinnati and beyond.
As a speaker, Wendy H. Steele is dynamic, relatable, and ready to inspire action among every member of your audience. Whether you need a keynote address or an inspirational speech, Wendy will transform your event into an unforgettable experience that will energize your organization.
Wendy H. Steele founded Impact100 in 2001 to encourage and expand women’s roles in the field of philanthropy. Since then, the organization’s powerful giving circle model has sparked a movement of collective community transformation, with more than 65 chapters located across the globe.
Since 2001, Impact100’s chapters have collectively put more than $123 million toward improving and transforming their communities.