Women International Leaders

Our Mission

Women International Leaders invest in underserved women globally who take the lead in becoming self-sufficient, elevating their families and communities.

WIL Membership

Members support a wide variety of projects that raise women’s economic and social status and promote their independence and community leadership.

Upcoming Events

See Events page for details and photos of past events.

Upcoming 2021 Programs

Registration is required for all programs. There is no charge for most programs. Zoom information will be sent to registrants. Guests are welcome.

Virtual Travel Programs

WIL members and their guests meet virtually to discuss international films and books about women - from a cultural perspective.

Travel Book Club Discussion

This program has been postponed.  A new date will be announced soon.

Canal Zone Daughter

Have you visited the Panama Canal? ... join a WIL Book Club virtual travel experience

 

Panama, a country, with the construction of its infamous Canal, connected the world...shortening travel between the Atlantic and Pacific.  The United States took over the construction project in 1904 and opened the canal on August 15, 1914. It continued to control the canal and surrounding Panama Canal Zone until 1977 when then President Jimmy Carter signed a treaty and handed it over to Panama. But what of the life of the families living in the Canal Zone? 

 

In 1964, Edwin and Jean Armbruster left their home in the United States to raise their family on the Panama Canal Zone, a little known American territory in the Central American country of Panama. In Canal Zone Daughter Judy (Armbruster) Haisten tells her unique childhood story, culminating in the crushing loss when former President Carter signs treaties that effectively eliminates her, and fellow U.S. citizens', former home.

 

Join your WIL virtual travel buddies as we take a unique adventure into a remarkable American story, in an exotic place and time.  Let’s virtually visit the Canal Zone in Panama together.

International travel - (C0VID permitting)
 

Belize in Winter of 2021 - more information to follow!

Location:  ZOOM Video Link, to be sent to RSVP “YES” attendees a day before the discussion.

Space is limited to ensure all attendees can participate in the discussion.

 

You can find Canal Zone Daughter in electronic or hardcopy at:  Amazon Books, and hardcopy through Barnes and Noble, Thrift Books and alibris.

COVID Grants

Namaste Direct

WIL provided Namaste Direct a $5,000 grant to support Namaste's Basic Income Supplement Program.  The program provided funds over a three month period to approximately 20 current indigenous borrowers in Guatemala whose incomes were negatively impacted by the pandemic. 

Street Child

WIL funded a grant to support a three-month social enterprise program in Sierra Leone that produced and sold face masks to prevent and ameliorate the impact of COVID-19 in 19 communities. 

In 2020, WIL provided one-time grants to two of our partner organizations to fund special initiatives to address the COVID pandemic.

WIL funds Village Banks around the world, helping thousands of women become self-sustaining.

WIL awards grants to reputable nonprofit organizations for projects that support the health, education, and leadership of women & girls.

WIL members learn from expert speakers who work directly with women living in the most under-resourced communities.

What We Do

WIL sponsors unique international and local adventures, enhancing members' understanding of current and historical women’s issues.

WIL members volunteer their expertise, sharing wisdom, time and talents for the benefit of women locally and globally.

Get Involved

Membership is open to those who are interested in learning about, advocating for and contributing to women’s empowerment globally.

Every dollar you donate empowers women to become economically independent community leaders and contributors. 

Corporate Sponsors

Mentor Capitalist, Inc.