About Us

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.


Our Team

We are a tenacious and passionate team – focused on the growth of female leadership in our local Chattanooga area and nationally.

Kim Shumpert

Kim Shumpert

Chief Executive Officer


Sharayah Caouette

Sharayah Caouette

Director of Programs & Operations


Caroline Jewell

Caroline Jewell

Membership & Marketing Coordinator


2021 Board of Directors 

Executive Committee

Tangela Johnson | Chair
North Georgia Corporate Consulting

Autumn Witt Boyd | Vice Chair
Law Office of Autumn Witt Boyd

Julie Baumgardner | Immediate Past Chair
First Things First

Stefanie Mansueto | Treasurer
JP Morgan Chase

Amanda Jelks | Secretary
Jelks Law, PLLC

Emily Ramsey | Capacity Liaison
J. Smith Lanier & Company

Karen Estes | Programs Liaison
Tennessee Aquarium

Board of Directors

Frances Bayly

Erika Burnett
Women’s Fund of Greater Chattanooga

Julie Davis | Impact Co-Chair
Roundtable Advisors of Raymond James 

Gina Dhanani
The Double Cola Company

Mary Edwards
Chambliss Children’s Center

Emily Elrod

Marj Flemming | Director Emeritus
Launchpoint Leadership

Beth Harrell
Beth Harrell Homes, Crye-Leike Realtors

Stacy Johnson 
La Paz

Daisy Maurya-Ballard
Parkridge Health Systems

Jennifer Nicely
CHI Memorial Healthcare System

Jessica Oliva-Calderin
Calderin & Oliva, P.A.

Danna Vaughn
Chattanooga Police Department

Joyce Ann Williams

Our History

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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