Women’s Leadership Initiative

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.


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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.



2017 Women’s Leadership Initiative Steering Committee

Emily Harris- Chair Nicole Cizik- Treasurer
Lynn Egner- Secretary Deanna Brady
Danielle Morem Molly Cass
Tracy Ourada Lindsey Hernandez
Tori Miller Courtney Kremer

Questions about the Women’s Leadership Initiative, membership or our mission? Please contact: