March Member Spotlight: Kay Baker, Private Eye and Animal Advocate

For Kay Baker, there’s no such thing as an average work day. As a private investigator and the sole employee in her firm, Phoenix Investigative Services, LLC., wearing many hats is an understatement. She chases leads, delivers subpoenas, researches, invoices, and meets with clients, just to name a few. After a storied, successful career that transitioned from being an ADA more »

January Spotlight: Stefanie Crowe Announced as New Board President

This month we sat down with incoming Board President, Stefanie Crowe, to discuss her career and hopes for CWLI in 2017. After meeting with her, we felt we could rule the world. Once you read about her career and drive for women to achieve financial independence, you’ll feel you can rule the world, too. By Erin Wooddell Stefanie Crowe has more »

December Spotlight: Meet Edna Varner

By Erin Wooddell In November, longtime CWLI member, Edna Varner, was recognized for her lifetime of achievement at the Chattanooga Foundation’s Dinner of Firsts. As the first in her family to graduate from college, Edna has made education the focus of her career. From enlightening the minds of middle schoolers with the delights of English grammar, literature, and history to more »

October Spotlight: Get to Know CWLI’s New Executive Director

By Erin Wooddell When you visit CWLI’s offices on South Broad Street, you’ll be greeted by a new face. Holly D. Ashley, the new executive director for CWLI, can be found at the top of the steps, busily spending her first couple of weeks meeting all board members and acclimating herself with each of CWLI’s committees and their offerings. And more »

CWLI Announces New Executive Director!

The Chattanooga Women’s Leadership Institute is pleased to announce Holly Ashley as its new Executive Director, effective October 17. Prior to joining CWLI, Holly worked with the economic development team at the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce from 2014 to 2016, supporting domestic and international business recruitment, expansion and entrepreneurship projects. She has worked in the social service nonprofit sector more »

Q&A With Exiting Executive Director, Mical Traynor

For the past two years, Executive Director Mical Traynor has been standing at the helm of CWLI. Focusing on growing the member base, she enthusiastically attended events, served as a mentor for many, and a guiding voice as new initiatives and strategies took off. This week, her tenure as our fearless leader comes to an end. We took a moment to sit more »