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WGLI Blog

WGLI Founder to Speak at World Affairs: Amplifying Women’s Voices

Diana Ruiz will address women’s leadership development in honor of International Women’s Day   SAN FRANCISCO, CA (MARCH 12, 2019) – Women’s Global Leadership Initiative (WGLI) announces that its Founder, Diana Ruiz, will speak at World Affairs: Amplifying Women’s Voices Event on March 12, 2019 in San Francisco. The forum [...]

The Women Getting It Done Series

The Women’s Global Leadership Initiative (WGLI) focuses on empowering and encouraging women to lead, guide and give back. In our “Women Getting It Done Series”, we profile phenomenal women who have been involved with WGLI either as a program participant or as a program contributor. For this month’s profile, we [...]

The Women Getting It Done Series

According to the dictionary, leadership is “the action of leading a group of people or an organization”. The Women’s Global Leadership Initiative (WGLI) focuses on empowering and encouraging women to lead, guide and give back. In our “Women Getting It Done Series”, we profile phenomenal women who have [...]

Launch of WGLI’s University Program

Email: info@WGLI.org Contact: Women’s Global Leadership Initiative Women’s Global Leadership Initiative (WGLI) launched their university program at Mills College in Oakland, California on Friday, April 20. The one-day program engages women from local colleges and trade schools and arms them with training and inspiration to become strong leaders. The event features [...]

Reclaiming Our Holidays, An Ode to Indigenous Peoples Day

Aw, Columbus Day. The faux holiday on the second Monday in October, typically celebrated by the closing of banks and schools for a white dude who didn’t actually discover anything. In 1992, the City of Berkeley, home to the 1960s Free Speech Movement and located 13 miles east of San [...]

Women’s Global Leadership Initiative (WGLI) to Co-host a Workshop with Breaking Glass

San Francisco, CA – February 1st, 2018 — Today, Women’s Global Leadership Initiative (WGLI), announced it plans to co-host a workshop with Breaking Glass Forum aimed at raising awareness on sexual harassment on February 8th, 2018 at Cobaltix—1095 Folsom St. San Francisco, CA 94103 from 6p.m. to 8:30p.m. WGLI is [...]

WGLI Board Director Mica Zuniga Presents Thought Provoking Session on Global Economies at the 2017 Regional Economic Forecast & Innovation Expo

SAN FRANCISCO – December 9, 2017 - Women’s Global Leadership Initiative (WGLI), today, announced their participation and support in the 2017 Regional Economic Forecast & Innovation Expo, a one-day event focused on setting the economic stage for Washington State's Pacific Mountain 5-county region in the coming year. The expo occurred [...]

Women’s Global Leadership Initiative to Speak at Silicon Valley Women’s Empowerment Conference

The 2017 Women of Color Leadership Forum: Changing the Game is the premiere Bay Area gathering to inspire and ignite change San Francisco, CA – November 3, 2017 – Today, the Women’s Global Leadership Initiative (WGLI), an international nonprofit dedicated to training women to become successful leaders in their communities, [...]

Reclaiming Our Holidays, An Ode to Indigenous Peoples Day

Aw, Columbus Day. The faux holiday on the second Monday in October, typically celebrated by the closing of banks and schools for a white dude who didn’t actually discover anything. In 1992, the City of Berkeley, home to the 1960s Free Speech Movement and located 13 miles east of San [...]

Women’s Global Leadership Initiative Announces 2017 Board of Directors and Advisors

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Michelle Spita 562-331-3135 Michelle.spita@wgli.org Women’s Global Leadership Initiative Announces 2017 Board of Directors and Advisors Diversity is abound with female leadership from a range of different professional and ethnic backgrounds SAN FRANCISCO — July 12, 2017 — Today, the WGLI (Women’s Global Leadership Initiative) announced [...]

Bill Gates: A Role Model for Young Women To Complete College

By Roxanne Leone The year was 1985. I was only 13 and Microsoft was in its 10th year and it was just starting to sink in that this company could, possibly, change the world. It wasn't until I was much older that I took note of the founders philanthropic side [...]

Closing the Wage Gap Through STEM Education

By Roxanne Leone Since today is National Teacher Appreciation Day, education has been on our minds here at WGLI. Especially STEM education, and especially for women in STEM. You may be surprised that the wage gap between men and women in STEM-related (science, technology, engineering and math) occupations is much [...]

The Controversial Story Behind Taking Our Kids to Work

By Michelle Heller It started in one small office in New York, grew to 3.5 million offices around the world, and even reached one little office called the White House. It’s “Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work” Day, and it’s today. The international career day for kids began as [...]

This Earth Day, We Honor Environmentalist Leader Rachel Carson

By Roxanne Leone You're probably one of the 1 billion people worldwide who celebrate Earth Day, which was first inaugurated by a group of American environmentalists on April 22, 1970. Twenty years later Earth Day went global, and today, it's the largest civic observance in the world! But even though [...]

Tax Day: Could It Be the New International Women’s Day?

By Michelle Spita Happy Tax Day, that time-honored tradition when most Americans are scrambling last minute to file their taxes. Americans usually use their tax refunds for lavish vacations and pricey, unnecessary purchases, and sure, one could make the argument that the spike of cash hitting the market is good [...]

Happy No Housework Day

By Michelle Spita A few weeks back, a British man was publicly mortified when his two young children burst into his home office in the middle of a live on-camera interview with the BBC. It was a scenario many parents could relate to, and naturally the clip went viral. But [...]

Celebrate #EqualPayDay, Phenomenal Women!

Today is Equal Pay Day and there's no question this day is significant to WGLI. This date symbolizes how far into the year women must work to earn what men earned in the previous year. By now we are all familiar with the statistic that a woman working full-time, year-round [...]

Lilly Ledbetter: 2017 Women’s History Month Honoree

By Brooke Erickson March is Women’s History Month every year of course, but for everyone here at WGLI, this year’s Women’s History Month is unusually significant: the National Women’s History Project has named 2017 the year to honor “Trailblazing Women in Labor and Business,” and one trailblazer in particular, Lilly [...]

This International Women’s Day, #BeBoldForChange

By Michelle Heller You probably didn’t know that International Women’s Day dates back more than 100 years. But it does — this year’s International Women’s Day will mark more than a century of powerful, passionate women leaders rallying for everything from women’s suffrage to rural poverty. Leon Trotsky himself credited [...]

Moving Beyond the Elections at WGLI

By Diana Ruiz, Executive Director, Women's Global Leadership Initiative As we strive toward creating equality for women in the US and globally, WGLI has set out to drive change. Regardless of our political affiliation, this is the thread that continues to unite us. It serves as our foundation and strength. [...]

News & Events

WGLI Founder to Speak at World Affairs: Amplifying Women’s Voices

Diana Ruiz will address women’s leadership development in honor of International Women’s Day   SAN FRANCISCO, CA (MARCH 12, 2019) – Women’s Global Leadership Initiative (WGLI) announces that its Founder, Diana Ruiz, will speak at World Affairs: Amplifying Women’s Voices Event on March 12, 2019 in San Francisco. The forum [...]

Women’s Global Leadership Initiative (WGLI) to Co-host a Workshop with Breaking Glass

San Francisco, CA – February 1st, 2018 — Today, Women’s Global Leadership Initiative (WGLI), announced it plans to co-host a workshop with Breaking Glass Forum aimed at raising awareness on sexual harassment on February 8th, 2018 at Cobaltix—1095 Folsom St. San Francisco, CA 94103 from 6p.m. to 8:30p.m. WGLI is [...]

WGLI Board Director Mica Zuniga Presents Thought Provoking Session on Global Economies at the 2017 Regional Economic Forecast & Innovation Expo

SAN FRANCISCO – December 9, 2017 - Women’s Global Leadership Initiative (WGLI), today, announced their participation and support in the 2017 Regional Economic Forecast & Innovation Expo, a one-day event focused on setting the economic stage for Washington State's Pacific Mountain 5-county region in the coming year. The expo occurred [...]

Women’s Global Leadership Initiative to Speak at Silicon Valley Women’s Empowerment Conference

The 2017 Women of Color Leadership Forum: Changing the Game is the premiere Bay Area gathering to inspire and ignite change San Francisco, CA – November 3, 2017 – Today, the Women’s Global Leadership Initiative (WGLI), an international nonprofit dedicated to training women to become successful leaders in their communities, [...]

Women’s Global Leadership Initiative Announces 2017 Board of Directors and Advisors

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Michelle Spita 562-331-3135 Michelle.spita@wgli.org Women’s Global Leadership Initiative Announces 2017 Board of Directors and Advisors Diversity is abound with female leadership from a range of different professional and ethnic backgrounds SAN FRANCISCO — July 12, 2017 — Today, the WGLI (Women’s Global Leadership Initiative) announced [...]

WGLI Global Board Advisor, featured speaker at Women’s Economic Forum in New Delhi (5/9/2017)

San Francisco, California, May 9, 2017 — This week, the WGLI announced a major presence at the Women’s Economic Forum, a global gathering and international movement of leadership and empowerment in New Delhi, India.  Dr. Pamela Sitienei, a member of the WGLI Global Advisory Board, will be one of the [...]

Bay Area Non-Profit Starts Pilot Programs for Women’s Leadership in Mexico (10/14/2016)

Bay Area Non-Profit Starts Pilot Programs for Women’s Leadership in Mexico : Partnerships Planned with Sonora’s Secretary of Culture and Education and the National Chamber of Commerce San Francisco, California, October 14, 2016 — Next week, the Executive Director of Women’s Global Leadership Initiative (WGLI), Diana Ruiz, will be traveling [...]

Diana Ruiz, Executive Director of Women’s Global Leadership Initiative to Speak at LULAC Convention in Washington, D.C. (7/11/2016)

Diana Ruiz, Executive Director of Women’s Global Leadership Initiative to Speak at LULAC Convention in Washington, D.C. Santa Rosa, Calif., July 11, 2016:  Women’s Global Leadership Initiative (WGLI) announces that its Executive Director, Diana Ruiz, will speak at the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) Convention on July 13-14, [...]

Women’s Global Leadership Initiative Announces Spring 2016 Core Leadership Program (3/17/2016)

Women’s Global Leadership Initiative Announces Spring 2016 Core Leadership Program Providing Professional Learning and Growth Opportunities Santa Rosa, California, March 17, 2016 — Women’s Global Leadership Initiative (WGLI) has announced Sonoma County’s Spring Core Leadership Program which will take place over five Saturdays from 9 am to 4 pm starting [...]

WGLI Core Leadership Program Fall 2015 Invest in Yourself and Your Future! (9/10/2015)

Date: September 10, 2015 Name of Organization: Women’s Global Leadership Initiative Contact: Sherri Hansell Phone Number:  510-418-1290 Email Address: shansell.wgli@gmail.com Website: www.wgli.org WGLI Core Leadership Program Fall 2015 Invest in Yourself and Your Future! Oakland, CA: The Women’s Global Leadership Initiative (WGLI) presents “WGLI Core Leadership Program Fall 2015 Invest [...]

East Bay Program to Highlight Women’s Role as Agents of Change (3/9/2015)

East Bay Program to Highlight Women’s Role as Agents of Change Oakland — In celebration of Women’s International Day, the Women’s Global Leadership Initiative (WGLI) will hold “Women Defying Limits in the East Bay” from 6 to 9 p.m., on March 9, at Betti Ono Gallery, 1427 Broadway, Oakland, California. [...]

2014 R.U.N. (Rise Up Now) Forum (11/8/2014)

Join a variety of community organizations and local leaders 9am-3:30pm, Saturday November 8 at Santa Rosa Junior College for the  2014 R.U.N. (Rise Up Now) Forum. Developed by several local, state and national organizations, the forum provides Sonoma County’s underrepresented communities with the knowledge and resources needed to run for [...]

Local non-profits unite to advance community leadership (4/19/2012)

Thursday, April 19th, 2012 | Posted by mshufro | no responses Santa Rosa Mayor and Sonoma County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Member Ernesto Oliveras gives opening remarks at the Run Forum on April 21. Since the earliest days of Santa Rosa’s history when Mexican Settler Maria Carrillo became the “Mother [...]

Women’s Wellness Lecture (12/5/2012)

Women’s Wellness Lecture Feb 28th 6:00-8:00pm SRJC’s Petaluma Campus, Carole Ellis Auditorium 680 Sonoma Mountain Parkway Petaluma, CA 94954   Free to the public Get a positive start on the new year by building a healthier, happier-- new you.  The Women’s Global Leadership Initiative invites you to join our first [...]

WGLI Core Leadership Workshop (Spring 2013)

Press Release: WGLI Core Leadership Workshop 5 Saturdays Beginning in February (9:00am -4:00pm February 23, March 9 & 23, April 6 & 20) Empire College (3035 Cleveland Ave., Santa Rosa) Ignite your leadership skills! Are you ready to grow your career and give back to the community? We are now [...]

New Board Members (7/23/2013)

Press Release: New Board Members The Women’s Global Leadership Initiative (a Sonoma County non-profit providing affordable leadership training to women of all backgrounds) is pleased to announce that Carrie Peterson has joined our board of directors.  A Sonoma County native, Carrie earned her MA in Sociology from Sonoma State and [...]

Your Brain, Your Life (6/29/2012)

Your Brain, Your Life Women’s Global Leadership Initiative presents the first in a series of workshops that will focus on “The Neurobiology of Leadership”.  This initial workshop presents information on human perception of reality and how the mind and the brain influence our beliefs and interpretations of our external world. [...]

LEADERSHIP WORKSHOP SERIES BEGINS (4/2/2012)

WOMEN’S GLOBAL LEADERSHIP INITIATIVE LEADERSHIP WORKSHOP SERIES BEGINS Women’s Global Leadership Initiative will conduct a two-day leadership training workshop on November 6 and 7 at Empire College. The Workshop Series is a values based training program designed to improve self-esteem and enhance skills, sense of purpose and vision related to [...]

Lecture: Building A Strong Community of Women: How to Transform Relationships Among Women (10/24/2012)

Press Release for Free Lecture Wednesday Oct 24th 7:00—9:00 PM at Coffee Katz in Sebastopol 761 Sebastopol Avenue   Sebastopol, CA 95472 Building A Strong Community of Women: How to Transform Relationships Among Women Mothers, Daughters, Sisters, Aunts, Friends, Colleagues-- who do you need to reach out to?   Everyone can use [...]

WGLI Poetry Contest (Women’s History Event at SRJC) (2/4/2012)

Women’s Global Leadership Initiative presents “Celebrating Her-Story,” a poetry contest in honor of this year’s Women’s History Month. Writers from all across the Bay Area are asked to craft poems, which personally or universally reflect what it means to be a woman. Finalists who rank in first, second and third [...]

RUN Forum in Spanish (4/21/2012)

Alguna vez ha considerado participar en un cargo público o trabajar para lograr un cambio positivo en su comunidad? Venga y observe el Foro de R.U.N… Es un evento de todo un día, diseñado a proporcionar a las personas que merecen ser representadas, en el condado de Sonoma, con las [...]

The Voice of Manifestation: Knowing and Fearlessly Speaking Your Truth – Lecture (2/29/2012)

Press Release WGLI Press Release (Linda Lea 2/29) Women’s Global Leadership Initiative presents “The Voice of Manifestation: Knowing and Fearlessly Speaking Your Truth,” a lecture by international visionary and career coach Dr. Linda Lea. With more than 20 years of experience in education, Lea has facilitated workshops in career planning [...]

Iniciativa Global de Liderazgo para la Mujer (Spring 2010)

Reconocer, Facultar, Guiar A la Mujer Fuente Vital para el cambio de la Comunidad Seminario de Liderazgo para la Mujer Primera Sesion de una serie de tres Comenzando el Siglo 21, el mundo  necesita del liderazgo de mujeres como usted. La Iniciativa Global de Liderazgo para la Mujer (WGLI) es [...]

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA “GATHER THE WOMEN GLOBAL MATRIX – “THE STORY IS CHANGE” (March 3, 2012)

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA “GATHER THE WOMEN GLOBAL MATRIX - "THE STORY IS CHANGE" Our March 3 gathering in Cotati is part of an international web of memorable events and gatherings, which we will honor and acknowledge. These events include: the UN non- governmental organization Commission on the Status of Women (NGO [...]

WGLI Leadership Workshop Series (Spring 2011)

Saturdays: February 23, March 9 & 23, April 6 & 20 Empire College 3035 Cleveland Ave., Santa Rosa Want to strengthen your leadership skills?  Ready to grow in your career or give back to your community?  Then this hands-on workshop may be just what you need to kick-start your new [...]

WGLI Lecture Series (November 2011)

Women’s Global Leadership Initiative Presents One Workshop and Two FREE Lectures Leadership as a Personal Process Sat. Nov. 6, 9-4 & Sun. Nov. 7, 10-3 Workshop, Empire College, Santa Rosa Ins and Outs of Communicating Across Generations Tues. Noon-1 Nov. 9 Lecture, Charles Schultz Library, Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park [...]

WOMEN’S GLOBAL LEADERSHIP INITIATIVE LAUNCHES LECTURE SERIES AT SSU (October 2010

Women’s Global Leadership Initiative launches the Lecture Series at SSU. On October 12th, 2010 At 12:00 noon, a lecture on Community Capacity Building will be presented by Serene Cooper a long time activist who helped establish the Petaluma Youth Council among  many projects she enthusiastically moves forward. Her talent for [...]

Women’s Global Leadership Initiative Lectures Series (February 2011)

The Lecture Series is to create awareness and education for women in areas important to personal and professional development—building women from the inside out.  We mean to shake it up and talk about what women really need: self confidence, credibility and organizational skills Upcoming Lectures: Women’s Global Leadership Initiative ( [...]

WGLI Event Announcement (9/28/2011)

Women’s Global Leadership Initiative presents “But She is the Problem: how to collaborate with difficult people,” a lecture by Cate Griffiths, executive director of Recourse Mediation Services. Griffiths has worked extensively in Sonoma County’s courts and communities, taught mediation and conflict management skills since 2005 and handled more than 500 [...]

WGLI 2011-2012 Lecture Series

Women’s Global Leadership Initiative presents “Introduction to Group Facilitation,” an hour with Business Coach Christina Allison. The lecture is developed for anyone who wants to gain effective facilitator skills. Team leaders and managers within organizations, youth and community workers and those working with partners and external stakeholders will find the [...]