Women's Leadership Circles, a Project of the Tides Center
Women’s Leadership Circles (WLC), a project of the Tides Center, has the mission of recognizing and supporting the diversity of women’s leadership by bringing together circles of women from different communities and disciplines, especially those engaged in social justice work, to collectively create healthier organizations.
Through the Community Leadership Project, Women’s Leadership Circles provides financial literacy training to leaders to sustain their leadership and strengthen the capacity of their organizations.
Region Served: Greater San Francisco Bay Area
Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, Santa Clara, San Mateo, San Francisco, Solano and Sonoma counties
Total Award: $110,000
Women’s Leadership Circles provides financial literacy training to 45 Bay Area leaders who have spent significant portions of their careers working with low-income people and communities of color. The circles are organized in cohorts of up to 15 participants each year, and are implemented over one- or two-day retreats. WLC staff organizes meetings between retreats to reinforce ideas, practices and relationships. At the end of the retreats, WLC helps form networks of leaders who focus on collective actions and ongoing peer support and education.
Women’s Leadership Circles relies on its networks to identify potential participants, including working with other Community Leadership Project intermediaries in San Joaquin Valley. WLC uses a simple application form to gather information about applicants’ financial management experience and expectations that is then used to tailor workshops.
Project Launched: Spring 2010
Jai Lee Wong