Join us this November 14 to celebrate Breaking Barriers (formerly known as Pathways to Public Service), the B.A. Rudolph Foundation’s signature fall fundraiser and celebration in Washington, DC.

We hope you will join us as a host committee member, which should require less than 2 hours of your time. While we hope you’re able to attend the event in person, individuals who are unable to attend are still encouraged to join the committee. Additional details are below. Please also reach out to Mary Bruce, Executive Director of the Foundation, at or 617.610.9903 for more information.

Committee members’ responsibilities include all of the following:  

1. Financially sponsor our scholarship program as a Breaking Barriers Committee member, starting at the $500 level. Sponsorships can be individual, corporate, or organizational, i.e. a “give or get” commitment. To date, we have supported 83 women as they have launched their careers in public service, but this year we had to tell more than 300 women, “I’m sorry; maybe next year.” That’s why 100% of your sponsorship will go directly to support our 2019 scholars. And, by lending your name to the 2018 Breaking Barriers Host Committee, you’ll inspire others to give too. 

2. Identify at least 2 new champions to join you who you think might make good board members for the Foundation. Three tickets to the event are included in your sponsorship and additional discounted tickets are available upon request. We plan to bring on new board members (and board committee members) with terms beginning in January 2020. The nominations process will begin in June 2019 and therefore inviting individuals to Breaking Barriers 2018 is an outstanding way to connect them to our mission and network. While we are in the process of refining exactly what we are looking for in a new board member, we know we are seeking to connect with individuals who, like you:

  • Support our mission (to advance the personal and professional development of women for whom a small amount of support makes a significant difference in order to create a society in which all women, especially women from traditionally underrepresented communities, have equal access to the profession of their choice).
  • Are connected as staff or board to institutions that influence work related to our mission. Organizations could include (but are not limited to): national or local foundations that fund women’s issues, research institutions, women’s organizations, and corporations (including law firms) that support women’s leadership.
  • Individuals with specific expertise in board development, private philanthropy / small foundations, strategic partnerships, fundraising, marketing, and communications. 

3. Contribute one item to our “Women &” silent auction, valued at at least ~$74 (because 1974 was the year B.A. started her career in public service) and up to ~$250. These items should be related to our Breaking Barriers theme and could be items or an experience. Be creative! For example, this could include a tour or behind the scenes experience of where you work; a one hour coaching call about career development, or perhaps a basket of books related to leadership development. Another idea that we highly encourage, to honor the Foundation’s namesake, is to include a bottle of wine (rated 90 or better by The Wine Advocate) in your silent auction package. Cheers!

Benefits of being a committee member include:

1. Community: An opportunity to connect with other committee members at a VIP reception before the event starts. 

2. Recognition: You/your company’s name will be included in the details of the invitation to Breaking Barriers (digital format only), on our website, and in a newsletter to our national network. At the event, you/your company’s name will also be included in welcome signage, next to your auction item, and mentioned in the opening remarks.

3. Mission: Help create the world that B.A. imagined, where all women have equal access to the profession of their choice.


To learn more about our other committees, including who has served in previous years, please visit our committees page.