Willie’s Warriors elevates the leadership of Black women across the Chicago region, creating a pipeline and network of Black women leaders committed to equity and justice in Chicago.
The Willie’s Warriors program offers participants a space to gain a deeper sense of themselves as leaders, strengthening their personal leadership style and bringing their whole selves to the table. Warriors explore the idea of leadership, personal growth and transformation, and how to sustain themselves while moving our communities forward.
A co-created curriculum focuses on systems change, economic empowerment, communications and building alliances across movements and communities. Warriors have the opportunity to learn from experts and each other.
Willie’s Warriors is open to Black women from all sectors, industries and educational background interested in nurturing their leadership and relationships with other Black women leaders in the Chicago region.
Applications for the Spring 2020 cohort of Willie’s Warriors are now open. (View application directions and questions here.) Applications close Monday, September 9 at 11:59 pm.
Meet the Warriors:
Willie’s Warriors Leadership Initiative Advisory Board 2019
Deborah Harrington (Co-Chair), Woods Fund of Chicago (Retired)
Amina Dickerson (Co-Chair), Dickerson Global Advisors
Tracie Anderson, TransUnion
Brenda Asare, The Alford Group
Claudette Baker, Claudette Baker & Associates
Sharon Bush, Grand Victoria Foundation
Melody Spann Cooper, Midway Broadcasting Corporation
Rev. Harriette Cross, First United Methodist Church of Wilmington
Andrea Horton, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Fall 2018 Cohort alumna
Kim Hunt, Pride Action Tank
Kathy Pope, Chicago Community Trust (Retired)
Pier C. Rogers, Axelson Center for Nonprofit Management
Phasha Spencer, OneGoal, Fall 2018 Cohort
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