The Chattanooga Women’s Leadership Institute announces the beginning of a new program, Game ChangeHer, later this year. Nominations are currently open for this offering to the Greater Chattanooga community.
Formerly “Women Mentoring Women", the program is getting a face lift to integrate learning and leadership in real time. The new program will offer a combination of personal and professional development topics that will strengthen the skills and abilities of women and provide them with the tools to serve as effective mentors and leaders in the region, said officials.
After participants work through a module, they will be paired with young women from Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy to present the material.
Game ChangeHer includes 16 bi-weekly sessions which run from September to May. Participants will learn the skills needed to mentor and develop other women in community and business leadership roles while also participating in a journey of self-discovery. The program is designed for women in all stages of life, whether new to the workforce or retired.
“While CWLI has offered this program for the last decade under a different name, it is only recently that we have been able to forge this important partnership with CGLA," said Kim Shumpert, executive director of CWLI. "We are thrilled to take this vital step in helping secure brighter futures for both Game ChangeHer and CGLA graduates. We felt this momentous occasion deserved a new brand that better communicates our shared mission.”
Janet Dunn, CWLI Board chair, said of the partnership, “We have been working to provide a substantive offering that allows our participants an opportunity to exercise community-driven leadership. The ingredients needed to make it come together are now in place. We are pleased to see a program that will offer ongoing mentors to CGLA students who will promote with them until they graduate high school.”
Additionally, Ms. Davis, CWLI Women Mentoring Women Alumnae coordinator, will enlist a cadre of former WMW graduates to also assist with mentoring at CGLA in a different format.
This announcement marks the beginning of a new direction for CWLI. “If we do our job correctly, we will be offering highly effective female leaders to the community who will solve complex issues in concert with emerging young leaders," said Ms. Shumpert. "We are thrilled about the opportunity."
Participants must be nominated in one of two ways; either by someone else or self-nomination. Nominations are now open until May 31. All nominated women will be sent an application shortly after, and those are due June 28. A committee will select the 2019-2020 class with final decisions emailed by July 12.
For more information, please visit cwli.org/gamechangeher or call 394-8173.