WIL of Greater Philadelphia brings together women from diverse backgrounds who are committed to empowering women in developing countries. Members contribute their time, knowledge and funds to support a broad array of projects — village banks, training programs, artisanal collectives, education and health initiatives – that raise women’s economic and social status, promote self-determination, and help women become community leaders.


WIL members strive to educate themselves and others about the challenges to women’s empowerment. Regular meetings in Philadelphia provide members with the opportunity to learn about women’s global issues and develop solutions to the challenges women face. WIL also organizes group travel to communities where WIL-supported projects are located.


WIL is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit corporation organization.



WIL was founded in 2007 by Linda Resnick, Bobbie Gohn and Terri Gelberg, who shared a passion for women’s empowerment and making a difference in people’s life. WIL has grown - we are now a group of 100 diverse women leaders in business, academia and other professions in the Philadelphia area focused on improving the status of women globally. We share a vision that women and their families around the world will one day become safe, healthy, self-supporting and educated leaders in their own communities.

Our focus

  • Offer programs that educate our members on international women’s issues

  • Provide microfinance loans to women worldwide through village banks

  • Identify and promote small, grassroots women's organizations and provide grants to support their work

  • Take educational and service trips to destinations where we have funded village banks

  • Provide service projects to groups that support Philadelphia’s refugee community and organizations that fund international women’s services.

Our Impact

  • WIL has improved the lives of thousands of women worldwide

  • WIL has now funded 20 village banks in 16 countries

  • As of 2018, we have supported over 50 education, health, economic, and social development projects by grass roots organizations in more than 20 countries to empower girls and women around the world.

  • WIL sponsors a yearly grant program to further the work of respected International NGOs focused on contributing to women’s empowerment


WIL Leadership

WIL Governing Board and Committee Chairs
2020-2021 Program Year



Anna Maria DiDio

Immediate Past President 

Nancy Alter


Mary Osbakken


Judy Ron

Advisory Council


Madeleine Champion

Carolyn Fendelman

Lori Greenawalt
Judy Kornfeld
Adele Lindenmeyr
Mary Osbakken
Margaret Sadler
Bryna Scott

Anne VanLent

Committee Chairs

Fund Development

Nancy Alter

Programs - Education

Debbie Fleischman

Marketing and Development

Karen Roggeman


Pat Foell, Irish Olynyk



Madeleine Champion, Mary Kahn

Empowerment Grants

Renee Brandon, Cheryl Weiss


Carole Cohn, Adrienne Mendell


Clare Kahn Mozes


Emeritus - Founders

Terri Gelberg, Linda Resnick

Past Presidents

Loretta Raider, Caroline Wischmann


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