The Center for Women & Democracy was founded to advance women’s leadership, participation, and representation in local and global affairs.


In 2018, the Center announced it would be closing its doors. In fall 2019, the interim board is considering moving forward. Thank you to those of you who joined our focus group on October 19th. We had productive conversations, with light to shine our path ahead. Watch for a report and news coming soon.

We can be reached at  [email protected].

Thank you,
CWD Interim Board ~

President Ann Simons
Vice President Jane Repensek
Treasurer Connie Robinson
Secretary Heidi Kay Walter

Mission and Values


We are a community of women leaders united to transform society by building and leveraging the power of women’s leadership locally and globally.

Our vision is a society where women from every walk of life transcend historic barriers and become leaders, using their gifts, accomplishments, and talents to create positive change in their communities and the world.


• We promote women leaders, and celebrate contributions of women from diverse communities, cultures, nationalities, and professions.

• We engage, share, learn and teach within our far-reaching network of women leaders in our communities and around the world.

• We provide a safe and supportive environment for women’s leadership development.

• We are engaged socially and politically, informing and strengthening women leaders to make a difference by working collaboratively with those who hold a range of views.