Women's Power Lunch


United Way of SIouxland's Women's Power Lunch 2021 is scheduled for April 21, 2021 featuring Erin Gruwell. 

For information contact:  Aaron Beutler abeutler@unitedwaysiouxland.com or Joan Shuck jshuck@unitedwaysiouxland.com



Erin Gruwell is a teacher, an author, and the founder of the Freedom Writers Foundation.

By fostering an educational philosophy that values and promotes diversity, Erin transformed her students’ lives. She encouraged them to re-think rigid beliefs about themselves and others, reconsider daily decisions, and ultimately re-chart their futures. Erin and her students captured their collective journey in The Freedom Writers Diary, which is the basis for the 2007 movie Freedom Writers, starring Hilary Swank. Erin has appeared on Primetime Live, The View, and Good Morning America. She is also the subject of the 2019 PBS documentary, Freedom Writers: Stories from the Heart.

Erin founded the Freedom Writers Foundation where she currently teaches educators around the world how to implement her innovative lesson plans into their own classrooms. She created the Freedom Writers Methodology, a progressive teaching philosophy and curricula designed to achieve excellence from all students.

Proceeds from this event go to sponsor single parent scholarships in Siouxland.