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

Executive Director


Sharayah Caouette

Sharayah Caouette

Director of Programs & Operations


Caroline Jewell

Caroline Jewell

Membership & Marketing Coordinator


2020 Board of Directors 

Executive Committee

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

Carlene Carrabino
MomSource Network

Melissa Woodall Curtis
Woodall Agency Insurance

Gina Dhanani
The Double Cola Company

Mary Edwards
Chambliss Children’s Center

Karen Estes
Tennessee Aquarium

Marj Flemming | Director Emeritus
Launchpoint Leadership

Beth Harrell
Beth Harrell Homes, Crye-Leike Realtors

Rosemarie Hill
Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel, P.C.

Amanda Jelks
Jelks Law

Stacy Johnson 
La Paz

Stefanie Mansueto
JP Morgan Chase

Daisy Maurya-Ballard 
Parkridge Health Systems

Jennifer Nicely
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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