In the early 1980's, the Women in Management of La Porte County was created with a dedication to developing long-term, mutually beneficial relationships and cultivating new opportunities through networking. It's mission was wholeheartedly embraced by the community, and the membership grew exponentially.
With a strong membership base, in 2008 the Board of Directors decided to move the organization to the next level, fully responsive in every sphere---political and social, cultural and economic.
Our reinvention to Women in Leadership of La Porte County has inspired new voices, new ideas, new results. We will draw upon the entrepreneurial spirit of our members to produce a forward-looking, community-minded, cross-disciplinary organization that responds to challenges faced by women.
We will consistently strive to create an environment for personal and professional growth through the utilization of our resources, and become a community leader in the enlightenment and empowerment of women.
To create an environment for personal and professional growth through utilizing it's resources as a community leader in enlightening and empowering women.
Our Next Generation program engages future young women entrepreneurs and high school females in a series of supportive activities and learning opportunities. The goal for this program is to assist young female adults in leadership development.
Next Generation focuses on potential women leaders and empowers them to be positive influences in their community. The approach is to build caring, one-on-one relationships between female teens and young adults. Through these mentoring relationships, young people have an opportunity to grow their emotional, social and intellectual leadership skills. Additionally, the program builds personal character and reinforces business ethics to help enrich and connect with the larger world around them.
The structure of the program includes various environments that are created to help the mentoring relationships flourish. They include:
Additionally, our partners with local high schools and universities will strengthen WILL's relationships with local students and encourage them to pursue careers in non-traditional industries (i.e. entrepreneurship or the skill-trades, etc).
Our organization will explore grant opportunities with local and nationwide philanthropic foundations to help implement the Next Generation program. Our vision is that this program will cultivate their interest in non-traditional roles and offer opportunities for careers that they would not normally consider themselves.
Counterclockwise from front row:
Nancy Nelson Taylor, Free-lance Writer
Sherri Waddle-Cummings, St. Julian Winery
Nancy Robinson, Norwex
Ali Glossinger, Prime Real Estate
Fonda Owens, La Porte County Public Library
Kim Presley, Horizon Bank,
Rene Ray, R Squared Strategies
Sarah Brown, Edward Jones Investments
Wendy Taddeucci, Simply Organized.
The mission of WILL is to create an environment for personal and professional growth through the enlightenment and empowerment of women. To that end, WILL awards two scholarships each year to deserving females from La Porte County. Scholarships up to $500 are provided annually to one high school graduate and one female adult pursuing continued education. These scholarships are evidence of WILL's strong commitment to strengthen our community through the development of women leaders. The scholarship applications are solicited each spring for the following fall.