What It Is

The Women’s Fund’s Leadership Institute for Political and Public Impact, or LIPPI, is a non-partisan initiative that provides women with the tools, mentors, and confidence they need to become our region’s community leaders and elected officials. LIPPI trains women in the nuts and bolts of impacting policy from a citizen perspective, and develops leadership confidence through eleven intensive workshops held in downtown Springfield over ten months.

We aim to advance a more equitable and just society by helping women develop individual leadership and a deep understanding of policy change.  LIPPI generates leaders who will invest their time, talent, and treasure in creating strong communities, together. Our participants become the civic and business leaders of tomorrow who will help the region thrive. Over 52 percent of participants in the class of 2017 are women of color, and the group is diverse in age, ethnicity, socio-economic background, and represent multiple sectors and professional experience levels.

Why It Matters

What LIPPI Does in the Community

LIPPI women are active in every walk of life. LIPPIstas are running for office, or currently holding office. LIPPI women sit on Boards, write policy, promote public advocacy, draft legislation, while encouraging respectful and meaningful civic engagement. LIPPI women are CEO’s, teachers, fundraisers, writers, dancers, elected officials, business owners, and more. Whatever your path in life, LIPPI can help you develop a strong foundation of professional skills to help you sustain your energy over a lifetime of work and advocacy.

LIPPI Spotlight
January 29, 2018

Saskia Coté

This months’ LIPPI alumna spotlight highlights one incredible woman who has made a significant impact in her career and her community. Saskia Coté is a licensed massage therapist of twenty-five…
LIPPI Spotlight
August 8, 2017

Dr. Valerie Young

Dr. Valerie Young is an internationally-recognized expert on impostor syndrome. Her award-winning book, The Secret Thoughts of Successful Women: Why Capable People Suffer from the Impostor Syndrome and How to…

Bay Path Partnership

Your Women’s Fund is delighted to be in partnership with Bay Path University. This groundbreaking partnership is aimed at driving women’s leadership and educational access through access to college credits.

Through this partnership, 2017 – 2018 LIPPI students will be able to opt-in to receive 3 undergraduate or graduate credits with Bay Path University. The program will be further enhanced through additional academic supports, including classroom modules and other digital learning tools available to current LIPPI students.

This groundbreaking partnership is the only one of its kind in our region. By providing access and pathways to secure better educational, social, and economic development opportunities for the women of our community, this partnership will support the leadership and career development of adult women.

When over 54% of our current students and Alumnae indicated how important their education journey was, we knew we had to provide a tangible resource for our Alumnae to advance their education. Partnering with Bay Path was an incredible way to increase access to education while supporting the individual dreams and development of women in our community. 

Anyone interested may apply to WFWM in their regular LIPPI application process, and opt-in to the credit tract through Bay Path University.

Currently a LIPPI student? Check the session schedule or log onto Bay Path’s online system, Canvas, for online class support here:

LIPPI & Women Lead Change Sponsors

Log Cabin

Northwest Mutual – Sharon Marshall

Sullivan, Hayes and Quinn