WELI’s Second Cohort Completion May, 2017



“Since joining this class I have been on a journey of self-discovery, and rebranding who I am. The last time I was happy at work, I was a project manager, interacting with teams of people to solve problems. After this realization, I recognized that I needed to rebrand and set myself on a different course. I signed up for the Project Management Professional certification exam, and passed. WELI is more than just a class- it is a chance to discover who you are and get tools to become who you really want to be. Fantastic and eye opening!” – Jill Markley


“WELI honestly made me more aware of myself and my abilities. In a way, the class forced me to examine myself and my worth. WELI changed my outlook on life and opened my heart. It gave me courage to continue to be my genuine self, even when my entire world around may seem like its crumbling.” – Loriel Sullivan


“When I started this series of classes I was not sure what to expect. I was already working in management/leadership at my company but felt like half the time I was not being listened to by fellow managers especially males. This class taught me to be confident, speak up, know my audiences and how to approach them, most of all to be mindful of my own personal needs, strengths and beliefs.” – Barbra Sekesogundu-Simon


“Learn to lead the future in our world today. Develop methods to work with co-workers of all personalities, genders and attitudes. Grow leadership.” – Lori Jones


“There are so many important subjects that I can name about this class that will forever be in my head from all the readings was how underestimated women really are in the business world in the past and still are today. There will always be conflict on how being a woman was hard in a “man’s world.” I know now that things are changing and I am changing. The way I think and live are complete different. It was the empowering to find myself. It was mind blowing how things can change in a short amount of time. How I changed, I have growth. I am a completely different person from that first day. I wasn’t even going to walk in that door. I can say I am helping run a company and I never thought I truly could. I am a woman in leadership.” – Marisol Webster


“This was a very good course to help me make some changes in the way I lead, in my professional and my personal life. The biggest things I took away from this course were to be mindful, to know my value and go after what I deserve, the value of networking and that the world doesn’t stop at the end of my street.” – Michelle Garber


“The Women’s Emergent Leadership Institute not only showed me techniques and advice on how to be a successful leader, but it also gave me confidence. This institute gave me the feeling like I could do anything I put my mind to and reaffirmed all of the reasons I wanted to take the career path I have chosen. Leadership in every aspect or definition of the word is not something I feel intimidated by any longer. WELI changed my outlook on women. Being a young woman heading out into the real world I was unsure of where I might end up in terms of a leadership role. I now have the confidence in myself to pursue greater things and higher accomplishments because of the support and knowledge I have gained from this institute.” – Jessica Franchi


“I am grateful to have been in this class because I have learnt that, it’s truly a fact that in order to be successful there are important aspect of whole that needs to be taken care of. As we nourish our bodies we need to nourish our mind, spirit, and soul. We need to have healthy, fruitful and honest relationships and know that we all are different and that being authentic is just fine, it makes the world a better place.” – Betty Ndegwa