Women, Wealth, and Philanthropy

April 4, 2019 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Montshire Museum
1 Montshire Rd
Norwich, VT 05055
NH & VT Charitable Gift Planners

Women are increasingly economic powerhouses, as well as significant and influential philanthropists. Women and men often have different motivations and different patterns of giving. In engaging female philanthropists, advisors and development professionals must intentionally create a culture of conscious inclusion. We will look at innovative ways of engaging women, men, and families in conversations about philanthropy, wealth, and values.



Adrienne Penta joined Brown Brothers Harriman in 2008 and is a managing director as well as the executive director of the Brown Brothers Harriman Center for Women & Wealth (CW&W). Ms. Penta led the creation of the CW&W, which supports women as they create and manage wealth, and seeks to create a dynamic and inclusive environment where women can engage in conversations about wealth, family and values. Ms. Penta provides women with the investment, planning and philanthropic resources they need to navigate transitions, help the next generation thrive and plan for the succession of privately-owned businesses.

Ms. Penta serves on several boards, including New America’s Better Life Lab Advisory Council, Women’s Philanthropy Institute at the Lilly School of Philanthropy Advisory Board, the Massachusetts Women’s Forum Board of Directors, the Winsor School Board of Trustees, the Boston Foundation Professional Advisors Committee (chair) and the Boys and Girls Club of Boston (BGCB) Board of Trustees. In addition, she speaks and writes on a variety of issues related to women and wealth, wealth planning and family communication about wealth and values.

Prior to joining BBH, Ms. Penta practiced at the law firm of Choate, Hall & Stewart LLP in Boston. She received her J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law, where she was the executive editor of the Virginia Tax Review, and her B.A. in history and political science from Johns Hopkins University, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.