Chattanooga Women's Leadership Institute Celebrates 15 Years

Leadership Luncheon Is Dec. 13

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

The Chattanooga Women’s Leadership Institute will celebrate its 15th anniversary during the final Leadership Luncheon of the year on Friday, Dec. 13. The program will be held from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at The Chattanoogan.

Founded in 1998 by seven local women, CWLI is a local non-profit, non-partisan organization whose mission is to increase the leadership capabilities and influence of women in all sectors of public life and private enterprise by offering educational, networking, and information gathering programs throughout the year. 

This Leadership Luncheon will celebrate CWLI’s 15th anniversary by featuring a panel discussion with some of CWLI’s founders; testimonials from current members about their involvement with CWLI and what the organization means to them; and a brief summary of goals for CWLI's future.

“We are excited to celebrate 15 years of empowering women in the Chattanooga community,” said Lesley Berryhill, managing director of CWLI. "This Leadership Luncheon will provide an opportunity for women in Chattanooga to learn more about CWLI - where we came from, what we’re doing now, and our plans for the future.”

The cost to attend this luncheon is $20 for CWLI members and $30 for non-members. To register for this luncheon, as well as get more information on CWLI programs and membership, visit, or call 394-8173.

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