Helen LaKelly Hunt

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Helen LaKelly Hunt
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Helen LaKelly Hunt, Ph.D.
BornFebruary 1949 (age 72)
NationalityUnited States
OccupationActivist, feminist, philanthropist, writer
Spouse(s)Harville Hendrix
Children3, including Hunter and Leah

Helen LaKelly Hunt (born February 1949) is an American, activist, feminist, philanthropist and writer. The daughter of H. L. Hunt, she grew up in Dallas, Texas. After graduating from the Hockaday School and Southern Methodist University, she earned a master's degree in clinical psychology and a Ph.D. in church history.[1]

Life and career[edit]

She is founder and president of The Sister Fund, which describes itself as "a private women's fund dedicated to the social, political, economic, and spiritual empowerment of women and girls."

Hunt lives in Dallas, Texas, with her husband, Harville Hendrix, Ph.D., a New York Times best-selling author, international speaker, and couples therapist.

Hunt was inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame, which cited her as a "[c]reative philanthropist who has used her own resources and others to create women's funding institutions."[2]

Helen LaKelly Hunt along with her husband developed Imago Relationship Therapy. Together they have three children, Hunter Hunt-Hendrix, the vocalist of the American black metal band Liturgy, Leah Hunt-Hendrix, an Occupy movement activist,[3] and Kimberly June Miller, co-author of the book Boundaries for Your Soul.[4]

Current roles and activism[edit]

  • Activist, author, movement builder and public speaker on faith and feminism and women's and couples philanthropy; couple's and relationship wellness workshop presenter with Harville.[5]
  • Founder and president, The Sister Fund, a private women's fund dedicated to the social, political, economic, and spiritual health of women (1992–present)
  • Co-founder and current board member at The New York Women's Foundation.
  • Co-creator and co-founder of Women Moving Millions (along with her sister Ambassador Swanee Hunt), an initiative to raise the bar on women's funding for women and girls which raised $182,000,000 in its first phase alone, during the economic dislocation.  This initiative caught the attention of the media including the NY Times, and it is inspiring greater philanthropy for women throughout the world. (2005–2007)[6]

Previous roles and activism[edit]

  • Co-founder, Women’s Funding Network, member of board of directors and board member (2000–2002)[7]
  • Co-founder and chair of the board of directors, New York Women's Foundation (1985–1990)
  • Co-founder and board member of Dallas Women's Foundation (1987)[8][9]
  • Millennium Team co-chair with Gloria Steinem (2000)
  • Member of the President's board, General Theological Union (1999)
  • Member of the board of directors of the Ms. Foundation, Women and Philanthropy, New York City Women's Agenda[10]
  • Member of the Childcare Commission for the mayor of the City of New York and the New York City Commission on the Status of Women[11]
  • Co-founder (with sister Ambassador Swanee Hunt) of Hunt Alternatives Fund (1981)[12]

Published works[edit]

Hunt has written several books on feminism, including Faith and Feminism: A Holy Alliance and And The Spirit Moved Them: The Lost Radical History of America's First Feminists.

  • LaKelly Hunt, Helen (2004). Faith and Feminism: A Holy Alliance. Atria. ISBN 0743483723.
  • LaKelly Hunt, Helen (2017). And The Spirit Moved Them: The Lost Radical History of America's First Feminists. The Feminist Press at CUNY. ISBN 9781558614291.

She was also a contributor to the book Becoming Myself: Reflections on Growing Up Female.

  • Shalit, Willa (2007). Becoming Myself: Reflections on Growing Up Female. Hachette Books. ISBN 978-1401308957.

Hunt has co-authored multiple books with her husband, including:

  • Hendrix, Harville; LaKelly Hunt, Helen (1988). Getting the Love You Want: A Guide for Couples. St. Martin's Griffin. ISBN 9781250310538.
  • Hendrix, Harville; LaKelly Hunt, Helen (1993). Keeping the Love You Find. Atria. ISBN 0671734202.
  • Hendrix, Harville; LaKelly Hunt, Helen (1997). Giving the Love That Heals. Atria. ISBN 0671793993.
  • Hendrix, Harville; LaKelly Hunt, Helen (2004). Receiving Love. Atria. ISBN 0743483707.
  • Hendrix, Harville; LaKelly Hunt, Helen (2013). Making Marriage Simple: Ten Relationship-Saving Truths. Harmony Books. ISBN 9780770437145.
  • Hendrix, Harville; LaKelly Hunt, Helen (2017). The Space Between: The Point of Connection. Franklin, TN: Clovercroft Publishing. ISBN 978-1945507366.

Honors and awards[edit]

  • Inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame[13] in 1994
  • LEAD Award from Women & Philanthropy[14]
  • Women of Vision and Action Award, Ms. Foundation for Women, 2007[14]
  • National Creative Philanthropy Award, National Network of Women's Funds[15]
  • Equity Leadership Award, Nontraditional Employment of Women (NEW)[16]
  • Laura Parsons Pratt Award for Outstanding Achievement on Behalf of Women and Children, Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies[17]
  • Honoree of the Center of the Elimination of Violence in the Family[16]


  1. ^ "Changing relationships from conflict to communication". katytrailweekly.com.
  2. ^ "Hunt, Helen LaKelly – National Women's Hall of Fame". Retrieved 5 March 2018.
  3. ^ https://www.dmagazine.com/Media/MediaManager/hunt_tree_lr.pdf
  4. ^ "About". Kimberly June Miller. Retrieved 2019-08-01.
  5. ^ "Harville & Helen". Harville and Helen. Retrieved 2020-03-03.
  6. ^ Belkin, Lisa (2009-08-18). "The Power of the Purse". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-03-03.
  7. ^ "30 Years of Radical Generosity" (PDF). The New York Women's Foundation.
  9. ^ "Dallas Women's Foundation becomes Texas Women's Foundation".
  10. ^ "Ms. Foundations for Women 2016 Report" (PDF).
  11. ^ "The New York Women's Foundation: The First 25 Years" (PDF). The New York Women's Foundation.
  12. ^ "Hunt Alternatives Fund".
  13. ^ "Hunt, Helen LaKelly". National Women’s Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2020-03-03.
  14. ^ a b "Daybreak University – Meet Our Faculty". www.daybreak.education. Retrieved 2020-03-03.
  15. ^ "Helen LaKelly Hunt". Omega. 2012-02-12. Retrieved 2020-03-03.
  16. ^ a b "Helen LaKelly Hunt – SMU Forum". blog.smu.edu. Retrieved 2020-03-03.
  17. ^ "Three leaders in science, philanthropy and global relations to accept SMU honorary degrees – SMU". www.smu.edu. Retrieved 2020-03-03.

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