- 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
- 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
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
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,
- President, Jan. 2010: Janie
- 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.
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
- Ended affiliation with Inforum Michigan. Not a good fit.
Issues with organization’s emphasis, marketing and membership input and
- President, Jan. 2014: Drewe Robinson
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
- Programming offered monthly meetings varying
between luncheons on professional and personal growth topics, Hang Outs
for after-hours networking, & special events
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
Mission: To unite energetic leaders
committed to developing the potential of women and improving the community
through inspiration, empowerment and networking.
26 Strategic planning meeting Board of Directors determines vision and
mission statement will be rewritten to alignment with organizational direction
members committed to continue additional year to continue reorganization
- January 9 first WIL sponsored members workshop
is offered: Dale Carnegie Training
9 Board of Directors workshop to re-write vision and mission
- Tagline “Achieve Excellence” is
- November 6 partnership with Conscious Capitalism
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.
- 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