Members of LIPPI Class of 2016!


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Applications must be complete by midnight on June 2


Leadership Institute for Political and Public Impact

The Women's Fund's Leadership Institute for Political and Public Impact, or LIPPI, is a non-partisan initiative designed to address the need to provide women in our region with the training and support to become powerful and effective civic leaders. Started in 2010, LIPPI focuses on areas such as public speaking, effective negotiation, conflict management, board participation, the legislative process and policy-making, community organizing, fundraising and campaigning, municipal and nonprofit budgets, and running for office. LIPPI 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 the citizen perspective.  By helping women develop these two sets of skills—individual leadership development and policy change—we aim to advance social change for a more equitable and just society.

Audit a LIPPI Class

Lippi Alumnae, are you interested in learning more about a particular topic? See something that you need further professional development in? As a LIPPI Alumnae, you can now audit any LIPPI class at any time! Contact Ellen Moorhouse for more details.

View and share this video on why LIPPI has inspired over 230 women in our community to lead change for all.

A Message to Last Year's LIPPI Cohort from Senator Warren

230 LIPPI Strong!

230 women have participated from the four counties of Western MA, representing all socio-economic backgrounds, ages and our region's major ethnic groups.  Our participants range in age from 18 to 60+, with 40 percent representing minority groups.  Some currently serve on school committees, city councils and town select boards, while others have never run for office before.
Hear from LIPPI graduates in their own words.

In Their Own Words

Hear what our LIPPI participants have to say about the LIPPI experience!

Women Setting the Bar!

We have had amazing local talent and beyond share their wisdom and 'tricks of the trade' to our eager LIPPI cohorts. We are proud to share our complete list of workshop presenters and guest speakers.

Here, Natalie Blais,

District Representative for U.S. Rep. Jim Mc Govern, gives powerful presentation on political involvement from the citizen's perspective.

Thank you to our LIPPI Sponsors!

LIPPI Program Support:

Charles B. Hall Foundation
Optical Studio
United Personnel

LIPPI Scholarship Support:

Alida Lewis LIPPI Scholarship Fund
Camille Butterfield-Elliott
Elizabeth Dineen
Linda Marchesani

To find our more about LIPPI please contact:
Ellen T. Moorhouse
413-529-0087 x13