Women’s Initiative

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The Women’s Initiative hosts annual fundraising and member events to drive awareness of our philanthropic and leadership group, highlight our support of adolescent girls, and raise funds to increase our impact.

Stepping Up for Girls

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A celebration of women’s philanthropy, leadership, and empowerment of adolescent girls, Stepping Up for Girls is the Women’s Initiative’s signature fundraiser to support future programming. The event highlights our funded programs, celebrates local women leaders, and the positive impact we as a community have made in support of girls and women.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

20th Annual Stepping Up for Girls Celebration

Tuesday, October 18, 2022; 5-7PM

Off The Rails (90 Commercial Street, Worcester)

REGISTER TODAY!

 

Download the 20th Annual Stepping Up for Girls Invitation

There’s still time to be an event sponsor! 20th Annual Stepping Up Sponsorship Packet

 

2022 WOMEN’S INITIATIVE AWARD HONOREES 

Lois B. Green Leadership Award
Shauree Allotey
Director of Operations, Boys & Girls Club of Worcester

 

Meridith D. Wesby Young Leader Award
Morgan Johnson
Student and Social Justice Activist

 

Leadership Awards

The Women’s Initiative co-founders, Lois Green and Meridith Wesby, were leadership role models for many young women and their vision was to strengthen young girls and empower women. Named in their honor, the Lois B. Green Leadership Award and Meridith Wesby Young Leader Award recognize female leaders in our community.

WI Leadership Award Past Recipients

YEAR GREEN LEADERSHIP AWARD WESBY YOUNG LEADER AWARD
2006 Val Loring Monaye Leathers
2007 Marcy Reed Katarzyna Koscielska
2008 Marianne Felice, MD Iris Sanxhaku
2009 Suzanne Patton Hanh T. Lam
2010 Colleen O’Brien Andrea Siemaszko
2011 Patty Eppinger Dianara Nagrone, Shaleah Morgan, Yalitza Garcia
2013 Maureen Binienda Sabbatina Konadu
2014 Susan Mailman McKenzie Gratton
2015 Phyllis Pollack Tereza Ngendahoruri
2016 Maureen Gray Katherine Esparza
2017 Patsy Lewis Darhianys “Lula” Bethancourt
2018 Lucia Knowles Vianna Mercedes
2019 Kathleen Orengo Elizabeth Oluokun
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2021

Liz Hamilton

Linda Cavaioli

Chantale Zuzi

Génesis Márquez Campos

20th Anniversary Year Sponsors

20th Annual Stepping Up For Girls Sponsors

Lead Sponsor:                                                                                                                                        

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Corporate Sponsors

Bank of America

Little House Capital

National Grid

Saint-Gobain

Seven Hills Foundation

UMass Chan Medical School

Unum

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

 

Support Sponsors:                                                                                                                            

Bay State Savings Bank

Coghlin Electrical

College of the Holy Cross

Cornerstone Bank

Fletcher Tilton

Fontaine Bros.

Imperial Distributors

Main Street Bank

 

Marketing Sponsor:

Kerri A. Melley, Commonwealth Financial Group

Pathways for Change, Inc.

Point32Health

Sullivan Group

UMass Memorial Health

UniBank

Webster Five
Worcester State University

 

Media Sponsors:

 

Power of the Purse

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Power of the Purse is a fun evening of camaraderie and solidarity to ignite positive change for women and girls. Enjoy a live and silent auction of designer purses and bag packages while networking with like-minded supporters.

 

5TH ANNUAL POWER OF THE PURSE

June 7, 2022; 5-7PM

The Mercantile (2 Mercantile Street, Worcester)

 

HONORARY CO-CHAIRS

Kimberly Salmon | The Hanover Insurance Group

Carolyn Stempler | Carolyn & June Designs

Monica Thomas-Bonnick | Webster Five Foundation

Kelsa Zereski | Reliant Foundation

 

Thanks for helping to make this year’s event a record success! View the event photo album on our Facebook page.

5th Annual Power of the Purse Sponsors

Lead Sponsors:

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Corporate Sponsors:

Anna Maria College

Koopman Lumber

Saint-Gobain

 

 

Support Sponsors:

Avidia Bank

Bay State Savings Bank

Bowditch & Dewey

Cornerstone Bank

Fletcher Tilton, PC

Fontaine Bros.

 

 

Food and Wine Sponsor:

Lamoureux Pagano Associates | Architects

Marketing Sponsor:

 

 

 

 

Media Sponsors:

Seven Hills Foundation

UMass Chan Medical School

UMass Memorial Health

 

 

 

Imperial Distributors

JCassand, Inc.

Main Street Bank

Kerri A. Melley – Commonwealth Financial Group

Pathways for Change, Inc.

UniBank
Webster Five

Worcester State University

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Member Celebrations

The Women’s Initiative hosts member events throughout the year to give thanks to the hundreds of annual members and meet new supporters. Join our mailing list or follow us on FaceBook to get information on our next member event.

 

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