Our Mission & Vision
Increase the leadership capabilities and influence of women. Contribute to the growth and stability of the Greater Chattanooga business and civic community through the broad range of women’s talents and perspectives.
Our Guiding Values
We believe women leaders are a critical voice in the community.
We believe women’s perspectives and discernment make a difference and improve all aspects of work and life.
We believe it is important to help women develop their full potential.
We promote that women will be compensated equitably.
We honor diverse perspectives.
We value the company of women and encourage deeper, authentic connections among women.
Together we empower, celebrate, elevate, and advocate for one another.
We are a tenacious and passionate team – focused on the growth of female leadership in our local Chattanooga area and nationally.
Director of Programs & Operations
Membership & Marketing Coordinator
2020 Board of Directors
Julie Baumgardner | Chair
First Things First
Tangela Johnson | Chair-elect
North Georgia Corporate Consulting
Janet Dunn | Immediate Past Chair
YMCA of Metropolitan Chattanooga
Julie Davis | Treasurer, Operations Liaison
Roundtable Advisors of Raymond James
Christine Ryder | Secretary
BlueCross Blue Shield of Tennessee
Autumn Witt Boyd | Programs Liaison
Law Office of Autumn Witt Boyd
Emily Ramsey | Capacity Liaison
J. Smith Lanier, a Marsh & McLennan Agency
Board of Directors
Melissa Woodall Curtis
Woodall Agency Insurance
The Double Cola Company
Chambliss Children’s Center
Marj Flemming | Director Emeritus
Beth Harrell Homes, Crye-Leike Realtors
Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel, P.C.
JP Morgan Chase
Parkridge Health Systems
Memorial Healthcare System
Calderin & Oliva, P.A.
Chattanooga Police Department
Joyce Ann Williams
The Women’s Leadership Institute was initiated in 1996 with informal gatherings regarding the small number of women in leadership positions in the Chattanooga community, especially the relatively few women holding executive level positions in companies or elective and appointive offices in local government. Additionally, a movement began to form an organization where women leaders could interact with each other more productively and could bring forward a new “generation” of women leaders. In 1998, WLI became a nonprofit organization.
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