ywca greater cleveland

Women's Leadership Initiative

The Women’s Leadership Initiative empowers women to become effective leaders by providing essential skills and strategies for professional and personal growth. A variety of carefully tailored programs are designed to support women in all phases of their careers – and to ensure that organizations are prepared to do the same.

women's leadership development: boot camp, quest, momentum

Research supports that when women use the same career advancement strategies as men it doesn’t lead to the same degree of success. In fact, it can backfire. Therefore women must intentionally and strategically carve a unique path for advancement within their organizations. Providing the women in your organization with cutting edge, research-based leadership development can be a game changer.

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wisdom circles

Wisdom Circles provide small groups with the opportunity for personal reflection and professional development, helping participants to achieve their personal and professional goals. In four sessions, mentees learn from four distinguished executive mentors, gaining insight from a network of peer participants while sharing successes, challenges and lessons learned.

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workshop series

Monthly workshops empower women to turn gender-based workplace challenges into career-building opportunities. Offered monthly on a wide array of topics, these workshops are a great way to try out the YWCA or to stay connected.

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Erica Merritt, Associate Director, Leadership & Inclusion Initiatives
Phone: 216-881-6878 ext 233
Email: emerritt@ywcaofcleveland.org


Erica Merritt
Associate Director,
Leadership & Inclusion Initiatives

Women's Leadership programs:

 Racial Inclusion programs:


Percentage of 2013 Women's Leadership Conference participants who stated they will attend again next year.


The number of women Fortune 500 CEOs.


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