Michele Weckerly has always been drawn to groups and organizations where women are able to realize their collective power. Impact100 South Jersey is one of those organizations that she is proud to be a part of. After learning about the collective giving model from Kim Moon in 2018, Michele was all in on becoming a member of the newly founded South Jersey Impact100 group.
An alumna of Douglas College, the residential women’s college at Rutgers University where she studied history and political science, Michele learned how a strong group of women have the potential to make great impact. She went on to Rutgers Law School in Camden and has been practicing law since 2003.
Michele is a partner at Salmon Ricchezza Singer & Turchi where she practices employment law. She has been involved with other women’s groups, including volunteering with the Alice Paul Institute, where she met Kim Moon.
Michele was looking for a way to learn more about the nonprofit community in South Jersey and wasn’t sure how to go about it. Impact100 offered a great solution. In addition to learning about the great work being done by so many nonprofits, Michele is happy to have found a network of like minded women. The educational component of Impact100, which introduces women to nonprofit finances and impact measurement processes, to the power of their collective philanthropy, and to the grant making process, provides skills that members can transfer to other professional and personal aspects of their lives.
The educational piece, for Michele, is part of a lifelong desire to grow and change. She shared that, “I believe that like individuals, organizations change every 7 years. So my interest in a cause or an organization may wane and shift to other causes over time. Being a part of Impact100 allows me to learn about issues, causes, and nonprofits I may not have known about.”
Michele is a self affirmed history nerd and avid traveler. Having visited many countries and cities in Europe, South America, Mexico, and Canada, she delights in doing historical research before traveling and, of course, seeing as many cultural and historic sites as possible while visiting. Her other interests include cooking, wine tasting, attending live theatre and enjoying the many excellent restaurants in Philly and NYC.
Michele lives in Kings Grant in Marlton and is close to her many nieces and nephews and extended family.