In order to build a critical mass of women as business owners, community leaders and in prominent positions in our community’s workforce, women who currently serve as business owners and civic or business leaders have an opportunity to develop the future. This program is designed to help shape that future.

Launched in 2008, the “Women Mentoring Women” program is offered annually by the Chattanooga Women’s Leadership Institute. The program is designed for women who are interested in, or who by virtue of their position in an organization, share a passion for advancing other women in our community. During the program, participants will develop their mentoring skills, enabling them to mentor and develop other women in the community or in their place of business.

The Women Mentoring Women program will explore issues facing business owners and members of organizations, strengthen individual talents and skills needed to work more effectively and efficiently, and provide participants with the tools needed to develop co-workers, protégées and other business owners. Additionally, the program provides opportunities for networking, as participants meet regularly and hear from a variety of the most prominent women leaders in Chattanooga today.

“The Women Mentoring Women class brought me great insight into the world of women in the workplace and how we can work together to achieve our goals. It brought a sense of female camraderie, instead of feeling competition, that was refreshing and energizing.”Katie Harbison, Vice President of Development and Administration, Chambliss Center for Children (Class of 2012)

A maximum of 20 women have the opportunity to participate in the program each year. Applications for the 2017 class may be submitted by an individual, company or organization. To apply, print the application form at www.cwli.org and send the completed form along with two letters of recommendation by June 26th, 2017, to Chattanooga Women’s Leadership Institute at P.O. Box 4363, Chattanooga, TN 37405 or by email to director@cwli.org. Applicants will be notified by July 24th either by mail or e-mail if they have been accepted to the class.

Criteria for selection of participants will include level of interest in mentoring, background, relevant experience and degree of commitment to apply the skills learned in the program to benefit a fellow employee, organization member or business owner.

Topics to be Addressed:
  • Team Building
  • Professional Communication
  • The Power of Personal Branding
  • Power, Influence, & Authority
  • Closing the Generation Gap
  • The Culture of Mentoring
Tuition & Dates

Tuition is $450 per person, which includes a one-year regular membership in CWLI for 2017. Tuition is due by August 7, 2017, and may be paid by the participant’s employer or sponsoring organization; however, participants are personally required to pay the first $45 of the tuition. Chattanooga Women’s Leadership Institute has limited financial assistance available for individuals who demonstrate a need.

The program offers a comprehensive development of mentoring skills. Consequently, it requires a serious commitment of time and energy. Attendance at all sessions of the program is mandatory except in the case of illness or personal emergency.

Class Dates

Classes will take place on the following Fridays from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.:

August 25
September 8
September 22
October 6
October 20
November 3
November 17
December 1

Graduation Breakfast:
Friday, December 8th, 8:00 to 9:30 AM

View 2016 Application
Previous Presenters

Carol Newton
Former CFO , Memorial Health Care System

Ella L. Clark, CPCC, CSC
President, The Clark Group LLC

Dr. Vicki Petzko
UTC Professor, Educational Leadership

Marj Flemming
Owner, Launch Point Leadership

Tangela W. Johnson
President/CEO, NGCEE

Merri Mai Williamson
Owner, Application Researchers

Ronna-Renee Jackson
Partner, Carisch-Jackson Associates

Leonora Williamson
Senior VP of Partner Development, SIGNiX

“The tips I learned from the Women Mentoring Women Program have been tremendous instruments in both my professional and personal life. Tips on ‘how’ to speak, teambuilding, political smarts, marketing, networking, and visibility… I walked away with a tool chest full of beneficial information. The StrengthsFinder2.0 project was awesome!”Sharon Braden, Marketing/Proposal Manager, Thompson Engineering (Class of 2009)
WMW helped me, help others. While I’d already considered myself a mentor before enrolling, I learned I was giving more of what I thought people needed instead of considering what they expected to gain. In a nutshell, unsolicited advice. The first thing I now ask when someone approaches me is what exactly do you want to accomplish and how much time do you have to contribute to your goal? I also developed a habit of counting accessories; you’ll find out why once you start the program :). Enjoy!Shea Jefferson, MPS, Human Resources Generalist - Fire/Police, City of Chattanooga (Class of 2014)
“I entered the Women Mentoring Women program sponsored by CWLI to enhance my leadership skills. Little did I know, I would gain more skills and knowledge on self-preservation, not just leadership. I met phenomenal women and gained lasting friendships from the program. CWLI is more than a program for women, it is necessary to sustain our community.”Angelnetta McGee Ulmer, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (Class of 2012)
“On a personal note – this class was about as far outside of my box I’ve been. I have worked in a male-dominated field for over 15 years. My professional contact with females has been quite limited. THANK YOU for the opportunity to meet other business women who are driven and want to make the most of our community. It has been a privilege!”Lieutenant Danna Vaughn, Chattanooga Police Department (Class of 2012)