The Chattanooga Women’s Leadership Institute (CWLI) is instilled with its seven founders’ belief that women bring a broad range of talents and perspectives to our community, which will contribute to its growth and stability. Since 1998, CWLI has instituted a wide range of outreach programs for women in all walks of life, in order to cultivate fertile ground for:
- Identifying women leaders who would assist in the development of other potential leaders
- Providing women with skills and appropriate opportunities to assume leadership roles
- Increasing the number of women in leadership roles within the community
CWLI has grown into a non-profit, non-partisan 501 (c) (3) membership organization comprised of approximately 350 women from our community. CWLI actively pursues quality programs, educational opportunities and leadership development in areas of politics, community service, business, entrepreneurship and the arts. Now, more than ever, CWLI can attest to the value of developing strategies to position capable women to assume positions of leadership where they contribute fully to shaping Chattanooga’s future.
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"One thing that I have struggled with is when you are "in charge," it is very difficult to have friendships with people in the workplace, as at some point it seems you always need to reprimand, counsel or otherwise tick off someone whom you viewed as a "friend." For me, the organization offers the opportunity to meet other women who offer the possibility of friendship or "aquaintanceship" that is not in the realm of the workplace. Love the brain power, enthusiasm, forthrightness, and work ethic of those whom I have encountered in my short term with CWLI."— –Betsy McCright, Chattanooga Housing Authority
"I have always loved being around powerful women because it just makes me feel good. Whenever I come out of a CWLI meeting I always feel empowered myself and proud to be a professional woman!!"— -Christy Viens, LBMC