Carolina Women’s Leadership Council
Recognizing the importance of the role that women play in University life, the Carolina Women’s Leadership Council seeks to:
- Create a network of women committed to supporting the University and the educational experiences of its students.
- Identify leadership opportunities for women to involve themselves in University life.
- Mentor future generations of women philanthropists at Carolina.
- Establish a lasting legacy of leadership through the through the Faculty Mentoring Awards, the Carolina Women’s Leadership Council Scholarship honoring Lanier Brown May and the sponsorship of the Eve Marie Carson Lecture Series.
For updates on women’s initiatives at UNC and events hosted by the Carolina Women’s Leadership Council, visit the leadership council’s Facebook page.
Welcome from the Co-Chairs
Welcome to the Carolina Women’s Leadership Council‘s website. We hope you will learn more about the Council and the different ways we support the University we love.
Mary Anne Dickson, Molly Dewar Froelich & Aurelia Stafford Monk
Mary Anne Dickson ’63 is a co-founder of the Carolina Women’s Leadership Council and has served the organization as a co-chair since its inception. She was a member of the Carolina First Campaign Steering Committee and is a former chair of the UNC-Chapel Hill Board of Visitors. Mary Anne is a member of the University’s Lux Libertas Society which pays tribute to donors who have given Carolina $1 million or more in cumulative lifetime gifts, and she is a recipient of the prestigious Davie Award (2003). She was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal for General Alumni Association in 2006.
Carolina is a family affair for Mary Anne. She and her sister, Neal Johnson ’76, endowed the Charles Garland Johnson Sr. Scholars Fund in International Studies. The fund, named for their father, enables numerous students to study and travel abroad. “It is our dream that all students who want to study abroad be afforded that opportunity to do so,” she said. “It is a life enriching experience that no student, regardless of financial ability, should be denied.” She also supports the Morehead-Cain Scholarship program. Mary Anne lives in Charlotte.
Alumna Molly Dewar Froelich ’83 is co-chair of the Carolina Women’s Leadership Council and a member of the Council’s Executive Committee since its inception in 2002. Molly and her husband, Henry Froelich ’81 (MBA ’84), live in Charlotte, North Carolina and are the proud parents of Ella ’15 and Hal. Molly’s dedication to Carolina can be seen in many areas of campus.
In 2011, Molly and her husband established the Will Froelich Honors Fellowship in honor of their late son Will. The Fellowship provides opportunities for incoming students to discover the world, conduct meaningful research and immerse themselves in global culture. Fellowships are awarded to prospective Honors Carolina students who share Will’s adventurous spirit, lively intellect and interest in civic engagement. The Fellowship allows students to study abroad, to participate in public policy-related programs or internships, to pursue civic engagement, or to work with a faculty mentor on independent Honors research.
The Froelichs’ support the College of Arts and Sciences, where Henry is a member of the board, and Kenan-Flagler Business School from which they both graduated. Molly serves on the Chancellor’s Philanthropic Council. “Henry and I are grateful for what the University gave us and for what it continues to give: educational excellence, public service, research—and cultural experiences that will be remembered for a lifetime,” she said.
They made a leadership gift to the Creative Writing Program to memorializes Henry’s mother, Mazie Froelich. Mazie’s love and appreciation of the arts led to a lifetime of supporting and sharing them with her family and those around her. Mazie was, “a devoted community activist who liked to make things happen. This gift to creative writing will make a direct and immediate impact on faculty recruitment. It is the perfect way to honor her and to support the arts she loved.”
Molly is the Director of Business Development for J. McLaughlin. Often hosting in-store shopping sprees to benefit the University, recent J. McLaughlin events have included Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, the Will Froelich Honors Fellowship and Honors Carolina.
A lifelong Tar Heel, Aurelia Stafford Monk ’85 is a newly named co-chair of the Carolina Women’s Leadership Council. She is a firm believer in the attributes of the Council: connecting and reconnecting women with Carolina and with each other, giving women a voice at the University, providing a philanthropic outlet, and keeping members abreast of current events, on and off campus. In addition to her work on the Council, Aurelia serves on the College of the Arts & Sciences Foundation and supports the Morehead-Cain Foundation.
As Marketing Director for The Oakwood School in Greenville, North Carolina, Aurelia is able to serve the community by combining her love of education with her marketing experience. She has served on various boards of a number of independent schools and dedicates her time to volunteering at her church and several other local organizations.
Aurelia lives in Greenville with her husband William Cabot Monk, Jr. ’86. They have two children Will ’16 and Aurelia who is a sophomore at Vanderbilt. The family, together with William’s late father Bill Monk and the family of John and Molly Monk Mears, created the Monk Family Academic Leadership Fund at the College of Arts and Sciences. “We really value the education we received at Carolina. It continues to give back to us in many ways. Hopefully our contributions will help, in a small way, to keep the University as one of the top schools in the world.”