About Us

Women are advancing younger and remaining active as leaders longer than ever before. The intentional leader—and her organization—must look for opportunities to grow her capabilities, her network, and her commitment to the broader world.

Leadership Women is a nonprofit headquartered in Dallas, Texas.  Our track record is the strongest and longest in the United States. As a social enterprise that is in the business of improving women’s lives for the common good, Leadership Women is strategically expanding to offer an ever-increasing array of programs that remain cutting-edge and fiscally sound. Our investors are the women and their organizations that reap the benefit of the programs we offer, as well as those special individuals and businesses that generously support the social good of helping more women be good leaders.

Let us help you as you continue to grow yourself and your high-potential and established women leaders both now and into the future.

Who We Are

Leadership Women, Inc., is a nonprofit social enterprise for the 21st century.

What We Are Building

The largest and longest running leadership development organization for women in the nation.

Why We Exist

To ensure women’s full and effective participation and equal opportunities for leadership at all levels of decision-making in political, economic, and public life.

Our Founders

Leadership Women recognizes the nine incredible women, who out of their mutual interests in politics in general and women’s issues in particular, saw a need to contribute to the success of other women.  From their first project in 1977 with the publication of “Women in Texas Politics” to the development of the “Texas Women’s History Project” in 1980 to Cathy Bonner’s big idea for Leadership Texas in 1982, these women sought to provide women a critical leg up through access to the latest information and top leaders, while creating a network of great diversity.  Through their efforts, Leadership Texas, Leadership America, Leadership Pipeline, Leadership Launch and Leadership International were established to help women recognize their full potential and to encourage them make a difference in their community and in their organizations.  We continue to honor them today!

Cathy Bonner

Judith Guthrie

Jane Hickie

Chula Reynolds

Ann Richards

Mary Beth Rogers

Martha Smiley

Ellen Temple

Sarah Weddington