Featured Speaker


Johanna Garton – 2020 Luncheon Speaker

We are thrilled to announce that Johanna Garton, Appleton native and author, will be our featured speaker at the Women’s Fund Virtual Luncheon. Johanna’s newly released book, Edge of the Map, tells the story of Christine Boskoff, another Appleton native who broke barriers and climbed to the height of success.

Groundbreaking. World-class. Legendary. All words that have been used to describe Appleton native Christine Boskoff, a pioneering high-altitude mountaineer who dared to challenge herself in a male-dominated field. Her impact on the lives of many was largely unknown. Until now.

Johanna Garton’s new book, Edge of the Map, tells Christine’s remarkable story and follows her journey as she climbs to the top of the highest peaks on earth and breaks barriers in her career. In 2006, Chris and her partner went missing while climbing in China. The world was riveted by the dramatic search for the couple who were found to have perished in an avalanche.

Edge of the Map is a testament to Christine’s strength, determination and perseverance and on September 10, Johanna will inspire you with messages of resiliency, human endurance and the importance of legacy.

Johanna, also an Appleton native, is an author, journalist, attorney, mother and cross country coach. Her first book, Awakening East, tells the story of moving her adopted children to live in China, the land of their birth. Both Johanna and Christine graduated from Appleton East High School just 3 years apart, traveled to the same parts of the globe, and settled in Colorado. Ironically they never met, though their paths seemed destined to intersect.

Johanna has unique ties to the Women’s Fund – her mother, Jane Garton, was the first Executive Director of the Women’s Fund and is a former journalist. Jane became captivated with Christine’s story and spent 10 years researching and preparing to write a book about her life. When Jane was unable to complete her work due to the progression of Parkinson’s Disease, it became clear to both mother and daughter that Johanna was meant to finish the journey her mother had started.

Book Sale and Signing!

Meet Johanna Garton and get your signed copy of Edge of the Map:

Saturday, September 12th
11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
39 Fox Point Drive, Appleton

Or get your copy for $25 from johannagarton.com. All copies will be signed and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Women’s Fund when you indicate that you heard about the book through the Women’s Fund Luncheon.

Edge of the Map Extended Book Trailer