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 features testaments to the possibilities of the future and the progress we as a community have made in supporting girls and women.

 

19th Annual Stepping Up for Girls Celebration

Tuesday, October 19, 2021; 5-7PM

Virtual and In-Person at the Jean McDonough Arts Center (20 Franklin Street, Worcester)

5PM: Cocktail Reception (in-person)

6PM: Program (in-person and live streamed)

 

Register today!

Suggested $100 WI membership donation

 

Download the 19th Annual Stepping Up for Girls invitation here.

 

2021 WI HONOREES

Lois B. Green Leadership Award

Linda Cavaioli, Former Executive Director of YWCA Central Massachusetts

 

Meridith D. Wesby Young Leader Award

Génesis Márquez Campos, Student and President/Co-Founder of Worcester Youth Cooperatives

 

For sponsorship opportunities, download the 2021 Stepping Up for Girls Sponsor Packet

 

Watch all the excitement from our 18th Annual Stepping Up for Girls Week-Long Virtual Celebration on November 10, 2020. Check out the recording on our YouTube page.

 

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 Knoles Vianna Mercedes
2019 Kathleen Orengo Elizabeth Oluokun
2020 Liz Hamilton Chantale Zuzi

2021 Sponsors

Signature Sponsor:                                                                                                                                        

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Lead Sponsors:

Corporate Sponsor

Little House Capital

Saint-Gobain

UMass Memorial Health

 

Support Sponsors:                                                                                                                            

bankHometown

Bay State Savings Bank

Bowditch & Dewey

Coghlin Electrical

Cornerstone Bank

Country Bank
Fallon Health
Fidelity Bank

Harvard Pilgrim Health Care/Tufts Health Plan

 

Food and Wine Sponsor:      

LLB Architects

Webster Five

 

 

 

Media Sponsors:

Imperial Distributors

Interstate Specialty Products

Kerri A. Melley, Commonwealth Financial Group

Notre Dame Academy
Pathways for Change, Inc.

Seven Hills Foundation
UMass Chan Medical School

UniBank
Worcester State University

 

Virtual Program Sponsors:      

Assumption University

College of the Holy Cross

Main Street Bank

National Grid

Worcester Business Development Corporation

 

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 an auction of designer purses and engage with like-minded supporters.

 

4th Annual Power of the Purse Auction

June 8, 2021; 5-7PM

 

HONORARY CHAIRS

Marianne Felice, M.D.

Professor Emerita Pediatrics and OB/GYN, UMass Medical School and Former Chair Pediatrics, UMass Memorial Health Care

Tamara Lundi, MHA/LCSW

President, Community Healthlink, UMass Memorial Health Care

 

Thank you to all who supported the 4th Annual Power of the Purse! See photos from the event on our Facebook page.

2021 SPONSORS

Signature Sponsor:

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Lead Sponsors:

Corporate Sponsor:

UMass Memorial Health

 

Support Sponsors:

bankHometown

Bay State Savings Bank

Bowditch & Dewey

Coghlin Electrical

Cornerstone Bank

Country Bank

Fallon Health
Fidelity Bank

 

Food and Wine Sponsors:

Lamoureux Pagano Associates | Architects

LLB Architects

Webster Five

Marketing Sponsor:

 

 

 

 

Media Sponsors:

 

 

 

 

Harvard Pilgrim Health Care/Tufts Health Plan

Imperial Distributors

Interstate Specialty Products

Pathways for Change, Inc.
Seven Hills Foundation
UMass Medical School
Worcester State University

 

 

Virtual Program Sponsors:

College of the Holy Cross

Worcester Business Development Corporation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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