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  • 2002 Veronica Horn, Executive Vice President of Saginaw County Chamber of Commerce and Mayor Carol Cottrell established a Women’s Leadership luncheon group of women business and government leaders to promote community visions in Saginaw County. 
  • 2004 Saginaw County’s 1000 Leaders Program inspired four women (Polly Lynch, Kathleen McGraw, Jeanne Murphy, Drewe Robinson) to form a committee assisting Veronica with the women leadership luncheon series and expanding offerings. 
    • September: Women’s Leadership meetings were posted on Saginaw County Chamber’s website.
    • October: the first program speaker Marilyn J. Kelly, Chief Justice of the Michigan Supreme Court
  • 2005-2006 Under Saginaw County Chamber auspices the program offerings included: business issues such as leadership styles, financial planning, marketing tips, networking events, and higher education, government, healthcare and philanthropy issues.  
  • 2006-2008 Branched out from Saginaw County Chamber, the team formed an official organization- Women in Leadership Mid-Michigan to include Great Lakes Bay Region.
  • Established by-laws, Board of Directors, Advisory Group (business owners), committees: advisory, membership, program, finance, marketing, nominations.
  • Received Articles of Incorporation (11/17/08)
  • Charged membership dues to fund the official WIL MM website that served as a communications and management tool.  President, Nov. 2006: Jeanne Murphy

Women in Leadership Mid-Michigan is an organization of successful women leaders committed to promoting and developing the potential of women and improving the communities of the Great Lakes Bay region through networking, relationship-building, education & training seminars and collaboration with other organizations.

Our Vision is to be the premier women’s leadership organization in the Great Lakes Bay Region by creating dynamic women leaders in economic growth and the ultimate leader-to-leader network.

  • 2009-2010 Development of the organization: Mission and Vision
    • An official logo and website and obtained 501 (c)3 status, 2009
    • Began funding Non-Profit organizations with Girls on the Run 2011; YWCA in 2012
    • Provided first WIL MM 1st Annual Report 2009: 118 members, 222 guests
    • President, Jan. 2010: Janie Gugino
  • 2011-2012 Merger with Inforum Michigan
    • July 11, 2012 the Affiliation Agreement between WILMM & Inforum. WILMM became a Regional Council of Inforum known as “Women in Leadership Great Lakes Bay Region Council
    • Reason for merger:  to expand our reach; acquire additional resources for members; give members with business throughout Michigan a greater access to networking and growth opportunities through Inforum Affinity Groups.
    • Affinity Groups: Automotive, Healthcare, Manufacturing, Technology, Leadership Development
    • President, Jan. 2012: Kathleen McGraw
  • 2015 Merger with Inforum Michigan evaluated
    • Strategic planning with Board of Directors and committees, membership survey
    • October 2015 meetings to resolve issues.
    • Ended affiliation with Inforum Michigan. Not a good fit. Issues with organization’s emphasis, marketing and membership input and decline
    • President, Jan. 2014: Drewe Robinson
  • 2016 Women in Leadership Great Lakes Bay Region
    • February 17 reorganized under Women in Leadership GLBR
    • President: Jenny Dumont
    • April 19 Women in Leadership GLBR kickoff luncheon
    • Programming offered monthly meetings varying between luncheons on professional and personal growth topics, Hang Outs for after-hours networking, & special events

Women in Leadership GLBR vision: To inspire, empower and connect accomplished women to grow their knowledge and expand their reach within the community while cultivating women leaders of tomorrow.

Mission: To unite energetic leaders committed to developing the potential of women and improving the community through inspiration, empowerment and networking.

  • 2017
    • September 26 Strategic planning meeting Board of Directors determines vision and mission statement will be rewritten to alignment with organizational direction
    • Board members committed to continue additional year to continue reorganization
  • 2018
    • January 9 first WIL sponsored members workshop is offered: Dale Carnegie Training
    • March 9 Board of Directors workshop to re-write vision and mission
    • Tagline “Achieve Excellence” is established
    • November 6 partnership with Conscious Capitalism GLBR established

Women in Leadership GLBR vision: That all women are inspired to achieve personal and professional excellence.

Mission: Empowering a diverse community of women through relevant education, networking and social opportunities.

  • 2019
    • Expanded programming offering monthly luncheons, quarterly Hang Outs, and the addition of member lead WIL Connect (networking clubs), WIL sponsored members workshop: Kris Marsh Visions and Values Workshop, First WIL Retreat
    • President: Dawn Luptowski
  • 2020
    • President: Amy Buben

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Women in Leadership Great Lakes Bay Region

PO Box 6717

Saginaw, MI 48608
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