Brooke Shields Headlines at the Atlanta Women’s Foundation 27th Annual Numbers Too Big To Ignore Luncheon

For her unique life experiences. For her challenges with mental health. For advocating on behalf of women everywhere, the Atlanta Women’s Foundation (AWF) is proud to name Brooke Shields as this year’s guest speaker for its Numbers Too Big To Ignore luncheon on Thursday, November 2, 2023, at the Georgia World Congress Center.

In her recent documentary, Pretty Baby, Shields critiques a toxic culture that perpetuates misogyny, in which she claims is complicit for the sexualization of young girls. In the documentary, Shields also shares her discovery of her own identity, sharing her vulnerability while reflecting on her life, career and struggles with motherhood. Overcoming those struggles motivated Shields to pave a better path for women and young girls.

Numbers Too Big To Ignore is AWF’s largest annual fundraising luncheon, drawing over 1,800 guests, to support programs for women and girls. Guests share a common goal of uplifting women and girls by creating an unwavering support network to grow stronger and thrive.

  • WHEN: Thursday, Nov. 2, 2023, 12-1:30 pm
  • WHERE: Georgia World Congress Center, 285 Andrew Young International Blvd NW, Atlanta, GA
  • INFO: For sponsorship information, email

The Atlanta Women’s Foundation has held this important event for many years, greeting such past honored guests as Dr. Condoleezza Rice, former mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, and acclaimed actress, singer, and dancer Rita Moreno.

“We are thrilled to have Ms. Shields as our featured speaker this year,” says Kari Love, Executive Director of AWF, “Her story of overcoming challenges both personally and professionally is truly inspiring. Furthermore, her work as the founder and CEO of ‘Beginning is Now,’ a global community of women of all ages finding strength, wisdom, optimism, humor and so much more in each other, all while learning to live their fullest lives is right in line with AWF’s mission.” 

For a quarter-century, AWF has funded countless programs for women and girls in need, including childcare and transportation assistance, professional skill building, and entrepreneurial financial support.

This year’s event will help fund the All Girls Forward initiative launching this summer. The funds ensure girls experiencing poverty are empowered through education, socio-emotional development, and pregnancy prevention. Some of this year’s Numbers Too Big To Ignore include:

  • 449,279 – Girls under 18 living in AWF’s service area of Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Fulton, and Gwinnett counties
  • 79,908 – Girls and young women living below the poverty line in Metro Atlanta
  • 20% – Girls hurting themselves in the past year
  • 1 in 10 – Girls in Metro Atlanta reported being harassed
  • 15% – Middle school girls are 15% less physically active than boys their age

It is only through such events as Numbers Too Big To Ignore that the Atlanta Women’s Foundation gets the support they need to continue aiding women and girls. To attend this year’s luncheon or to learn more, visit

About The Atlanta Women’s Foundation

The Atlanta Women’s Foundation’s mission is to be a catalyst for change in the lives of women and girls. AWF is a convener, amplifier, and funder and exists to fundraise for women and girl-serving organizations in Metro Atlanta with programs and projects dedicated to eliminating barriers identified by AWF research. Since 1998, the Foundation has invested over $21 million in Atlanta area nonprofit organizations that have successfully moved women and girls from poverty to economic self-sufficiency. To learn more and make a donation, visit