Chattanooga Women’s Leadership Institute

Executive Director Position – Chattanooga Women’s Leadership Institute

CWLI, a premier women’s organization whose mission is to increase the leadership capabilities and influence of women in the Chattanooga community, is seeking an Executive Director. 

Please click here for more information and details concerning the application process. The deadline for applications is Monday, October 27th.




Early Voting is October 15th through October 30th!

The CWLI WIP (Women Impacting Policy) Committee, with approval from the CWLI Executive Committee, would like to share information with you regarding a proposed amendment to the Constitution of Tennessee.  Although there will be four amendments on the ballot, Amendment 1 is of particular interest to us, as it is specifically a women’s issue.

Below, you will find the language that will be on the ballot regarding this amendment.  Following, you will find clear statements on what a Yes or No vote on Amendment 1 will signify. Finally, there is a link to learn more about all four amendments being proposed.

Proposed Constitutional Amendment No. 1

for the November 4, 2014 General Election Ballot

Shall Article I, of the Constitution of Tennessee be amended by adding the following language as a new, appropriately designated section:

Nothing in this Constitution secures or protects a right to abortion or requires the funding of an abortion. The people retain the right through their elected state representatives and state senators to enact, amend, or repeal statutes regarding abortion, including, but not limited to, circumstances of pregnancy resulting from rape or incest or when necessary to save the life of the mother.

VOTING YES allows state legislators to determine the right for a woman to have an abortion in all cases; including rape, incest or when necessary to save a woman’s life.

VOTING NO allows women to make their own decision whether to have an abortion in all cases; including rape, incest or when necessary to save her own life.


Four ballot measures are certified for the November 4, 2014, statewide ballot in Tennessee. The measures are all legislatively-referred constitutional amendments. Topics on the ballot include: abortion, the state judiciarytaxes and gambling. For more information about each of these amendments, please visit





CWLI and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga hosted a Candidate Forum on July 21st featuring 3rd Congressional District Candidates Congressman Chuck Fleischmann, Dr. Mary Headrick and Weston Wamp. Please click the link below to view the forum in its entirety.



ConnieOnStageImpactBannerCropped150Over 750 people attended CWLI’s 2014 IMPACT Leadership Dinner on February 27th to hear from Three-time Emmy Award-winner Connie Chung.




View a short video about Chattanooga Women’s Leadership Institute (CWLI).

For our Women Impacting Policy Blog Site please click here!


How has CWLI impacted its members?

“My involvement with CWLI began when I was recruited by a friend to work on the Registration team at the annual event.  It was such fun and I saw so many friends and acquaintances that I volunteered the next year and then joined the organization as a small business owner.

I have attended several of the Leadership Lunches, the networking events, the annual meeting and the big events, but there are two things in particular that have made this a good fit.

First, I participated in the “Finance in the Board Room” series because I work with non-profits and am not a numbers lover.  It was excellent, easy to understand, with input from real life executive directors and small enough class size to give one the opportunity to get to know the other participants.  Really well done!

Second, this has been an excellent opportunity to meet other women in business with the intention of building personal and professional relationships.  We are referring business to each other and having brainstorming sessions over lunch or coffee.  I have learned so much about the large corporations and women-owned businesses in Chattanooga, and it has held great benefit for my fundraising & marketing consulting business.

Many thanks to CWLI for such a great variety of interactive and on target programs!”

-Barb Bowen


“As a newcomer in the community, CWLI provided a  network of professional women which was surprisingly inclusive, passionate about their purposes, and willing to step beyond traditional social limitations.  Working on committees has helped me feel a part of the group and opened relationships for me.  CWLI members have met with me to review job offers, to practice negotiation strategies,  to discuss acceptable work place practices, and just to enjoy one another’s company and, in turn, I have met with other women to do the same.  “Model, teach, inspire…”

I love observing CWLI women hosting tables at our leadership luncheons …putting women at ease, making them feel included and valued.  In our competitive, ego-centric world, this small kindness affirms the women we want to be: caring, intelligent, proactive, successful, and vision-casters.  “Model, teach, inspire…”  So true.”

– Suzanne Burrell, CFP®

To see other women’s testimonials click here to see our membership spotlight page!