Women’s Leadership Initiative

The Women’s Leadership initiative was created in 2011 with the goal to align women’s leadership and philanthropy with an urgent community need. After much research the Steering Committee has chosen the community need of ensuring children’s basic needs (K-4th grade).

WLI offers you a way to make a direct impact. It is an opportunity for you to be involved with a group of powerful, dedicated women who have built an initiative from the ground up.

What We Do

If you’re a woman looking for a way to make a real difference in Mower County, here’s your unique opportunity. WLI members have a voice in and active role in creating better lives for children. Volunteering, networking and social activities abound.


Research Behind WLI

Much research went into determining the community need WLI members would focus on. This research entailed community conversations, public school data, census information, state and federal research, etc. Learn more about the steps and process the Steering Committee took and the business plan that formalized the Women’s Leadership Initiative.

Read the WLI Business Case 2012

How Can I Be Involved

There are many ways to be involved in WLI. We have a number of committees you can serve on and volunteer opportunities centered around Ensuring Children’s Basic Needs.

WLI Committee Descriptions

WLI Pledge Card

Now more than ever children of Mower County need a determined group of women to come along side them and change their lives for the better. You are one of those women.

WLI Pledge Card

Upcoming WLI Events

The WLI sponsors several events through out the year for members. The events are designed to bring focus to our impact area, encourage membership and strengthen the community through our philanthropic & volunteer efforts. Pencil these dates on your calendar.

WLI Calendar

Channel One Tours

Are you interested in learning how donated food gets to those in needs and how a regional food bank works? WLI partners with Channel One Food Bank in Rochester for the backpack food. Channel One services all food shelves in the SE MN region. Tours are open to everyone, including children. Tours are limited to 10 people. Contact United Way if you are interested in a tour for more details.

2014 Women’s leadership initiative steering committee

Stacy Edlund-Chair Jennifer Moriarty
Katie Larson Sheila Berger
Juliana Pena Marconi Mary Lindgren
Deanna Brady Jill Hart

Questions about the wli, membership or our mission please contact:

Stacy Edland – stacy.edland@austin.k12.mn.us
Diane Baker – uniteddb@smig.net