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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. 

Women’s Leadership Initiative and Women Our Way present
Do One BOLD Thing with Ann Ulrich

Thursday March 20th
Historic Hormel Home
Event includes a fabulous dessert and inspiring talk from Ann on finding the right
fit for your life.

From Rookie To Executive, From The Runway To The Boardroom… From Working Mom To Stay At Home Mom To Working Mom To   Empty Nest Mom… From Intrapreneur To Entrepreneur…To Award-Winning Leader & Business Owner… Bringing It All Together To Champion & Inspire   Your BEST BOLD YOU!™

Ann Ulrich shares memorable stories you can relate to, proven success strategies that stick, a few laughs and lessons learned from trip ups and triumphs during a few decades of work and life adventures.  Ann inspires courage and confidence as you navigate yours!  Don’t miss this exciting event.  Tickets available at United Way of Mower County 437-2313.  This is a great opportunity to invite a friend and enjoy an early night out with a fabulous speaker and chocolate dessert.  Who doesn’t love that?!

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.

Speaker and Dessert Event
Thursday March 20th  6:30pm
Hormel Historic Home
Ann Ulrich is an award winning keynote speaker.  Join us for an evening of laughs and learning as Ann shares stories and insights to creating the Best Bold You.  As women we can spend a little too much time comparing ourselves to others, taking on more than we need.  Find out what is the right fit for you.  Tickets are $30 and include a wonderful dessert.  Invite your friends.  You won’t leave disappointed.  Tickets on sale at United Way 437-2313.  For more info click here.

Power of the Palate
Friday May 2nd   5:00-8:00pm
Austin Country Club
Join us for another fabulous Power of the Palate.  Great food from area chefs, silent auction and wonderful music by Nathan Wradlasky Combo.  All proceeds go to benefit the children of Mower County through WLI programs. Tickets are $30 per person. 

Channel One Tours
On going
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

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