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.
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)
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
Director of Operations, Boys & Girls Club of Worcester
Meridith D. Wesby Young Leader Award
Student and Social Justice Activist
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|
Génesis Márquez Campos
Bank of America
Little House Capital
Seven Hills Foundation
UMass Chan Medical School
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
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)
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.
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.