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Women's Leadership Institute

Empowering Leaders for Today and Tomorrow 

Today’s marketplace is relentless, fast-paced and highly competitive. There is a never-ending challenge to recruit, retain, develop and inspire productive employees. You need team members committed to growing professionally and personally while motivating and mentoring those around them. Your employees need to be self-aware of their abilities to positively impact your business—and willing to take on increasing levels of responsibility to benefit their individual career tracks and the overall organization.

This is where the YWCA plays an important role.

The YWCA Women’s Leadership Institute offers a comprehensive leadership development training curriculum and corresponding programs designed to build, train, recognize and empower transformative leaders at all phases of their careers.

The Institute’s proven programs are based on industry best practices, research and the personal experiences of our instructors. Plus, each program is designed using proven learning techniques to increase the competencies of our participants. We have influenced more than 800 women from Fortune 500 companies, small- and mid-sized businesses, nonprofit organizations and educational institutions.

Our programs can complement your existing in-house leadership development programs, or the Women’s Leadership Institute can serve as your external training arm. Learn more about what we have to offer below or join our e-mail list

Leadership Development Educational Series

This series consists of three leadership development programs—Boot Camp, Quest, and Momentum—designed to bring together women from varying backgrounds, organizations and phases of their careers to deepen their self-awareness and self-management to become more effective and productive leaders. The result of each program is empowered women—entry level to senior leaders—able to leverage their capacity, overcome obstacles and take confident strides toward higher levels of organizational leadership 

Women of Achievement Awards Luncheon & Conference

This annual awards luncheon recognizes a group of transformative leaders who embody empowerment and extraordinary accomplishments through career success, community service, leadership, mentoring and dedication to the YWCA mission of eliminating racism and empowering women.

The luncheon is paired with a premier leadership development conference targeted at helping women grow professionally and expand their networks as well as increase their capacity to lead and positively impact their organization in the future.

Circle of Women 

This philanthropic giving group supports YWCA’s Nurturing Independence and Aspirations (NIA) program, allowing supporters to directly impact the lives of young adults transitioning to self-sufficiency. 

WLI Monthly Workshop Series

These monthly lunch-and-learn workshops are where individual participants learn about the key tools of leadership and how to successfully wield them in their day-to-day professional roles.

On-Site Leadership Development Training

At YWCA, we proudly offer a wide variety of leadership training programs and workshops that can be offered on-site at your location.Training modules are customizable based on your individual organizational and employee needs.

Developing Cultural Competency Workshops and Multicultural Competency Training 

It’s Time to Talk: Forums on Race is an annual event that brings business, nonprofit, educational and community groups together to confront the race conversation with thought-provoking, honest and open dialogue. Additionally, we are launching the Developing Cultural Competency Workshop Series, which is designed to increase understanding of the relevance of cultural competency, economic impacts of racism and racial conflict management. We are also available to providing on-site training geared toward development of powerful action plans for the path forward. 


Amanda Cusick Kenney, Manager, Professional Development Programs
Phone: 216-881-6878 ext 220
email: akenney@ywcaofcleveland.org

Heather Steranka-Petit, MA, CDP, Director, "It's Time to Talk" Programs and Services 
Phone: 216-881-6878 ext 226
email: hsteranka@ywcaofcleveland.org



Amanda Cusick Kenney
Professional Development Programs

216-881-6878, ext. 220

Women's Leadership programs:


Heather Steranka-Petit
"It's Time to Talk" programs and services

216-881-6878, ext. 226




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