Circle of Wise Women

JA’s Circle of Wise Women‘s core belief is that “Wise Women Can Change Education”. We believe that Junior Achievement programs are the springboard to show children their potential for success.

Founded in May of 2010, JA’s Circle of Wise Women  have made that a reality by contributing more than $3,000,000.00 to Junior Achievement’s programs to date” states founding member and JASF’s Director of Development  Diana Metcalf.

We are a group of educational advocates who believe they can affect positive changes in students’ attitudes, performance, and their future outlook. Wise Women understand the need to transform how students view the world of work, personal finance, free enterprise and their own potential for success. Wise Women can change education and our community.

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“The JA Circle of Wise Women has focused valued time and effort on ensuring that our local students receive the best in education.  Through their work, they ensure the long term sustainability of JA World Huizenga Center programs – JA’s  life changing educational experiences.   We are fortunate indeed, to have the leadership and energy that our Wise Women provide and devote to advance our cause, which prepares our students to compete in a global economy” said Melissa Aiello, founding President, Junior Achievement of  South Florida and a founding member of our Circle.

CWW_Logo_CircleIn 2010, the Circle of Wise Women created a signature event with the goal of raising up to $100,000/00 annually for Junior Achievement of South Florida. Using the education platform from JASF, combined with the 60,000 square foot facility known as JA World Huizenga Center, JA World Uncorked was born.

Starting a generous donation from founding Circle of Wise Woman member Lorraine Thomas, Grand Cru sponsor, JA World Uncorked presented by Breakthru Beverage Florida has become a cornerstone fundraising event. Serving as a catalyst, it has enabled the Circle of Wise Women to raise over three million dollars to date for Junior Achievement of South Florida’s educational programs and Summer Camp. Check out our event videos for the scoop 2013 and 2014.

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Wise Women are committed to helping provide the resources necessary for Junior Achievement to offer their full range of programs which impart sound economic principles to youth; kindergarten through 12th grade. They achieve this through hands-on activities, providing financial support, and forging new partnerships for JA in the communities in which they live and work. Join our CIRCLE and make a difference!

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CWW Advisory Council 2016-2017

  • Uncorked Past Chairs: Barbara Capeletti, Rose Faraone, Lynne McGrath, Renee K. Quinn and Lorraine Thomas
  • Uncorked Current Chair: Virginia “Ginny” Miller
  •  Membership: Genia Duncan Ellis
  •  JASF Liaison: Diana Metcalf

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Contact:  Diana Metcalf at or 954.979.7120 to become involved! “Alone we can do little, together we can do so much” — Helen Keller