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LIPPI Impact

The LIPPI program and alumnae enjoy high visibility from the media. Pittsfield Mayor Linda M. Tyer was sworn in - and her first two appointments to her executive team were also LIPPI women. In addition, Senator Eric Lesser nominated two women to the Citizens Legislative Seminar at the State House - Linda O'Connel (LIPPI Class of 2013) and Jean Canosa Albano (Current LIPPI Cohort 2015-2016). Even though another LIPPIsta (Patty Morey Walker) did not win her Mayoral election in Greenfield, she still ran an absolutely incredible campaign, losing by a devastating 164 votes. Her beautiful tribute also highlights the Women's Fund and LIPPI as well.

A Spotlight on Women's Leadership and Bringing About Social Change

Pittsfield's Tyer Takes Over Corner Office

Pittsfield Mayor-elect Tyer names two to office staff (both LIPPI women)

Sen. Lesser Nominates Springfield and Wilbraham residents for 75th Citizens' Legislative Seminar

Patty Morey Walker - My Turn: Expressing gratitude

Between the Lines: Run for it, Girl!
"Fortunately, in the Valley, there is an organization working to help women get elected; it's the Leadership Institute for Political and Public Impact run by the Women's Fund of Western Mass in Easthampton."

April 7, 2016: Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, Obama assistant Julie Chavez Rodriguez to be honored by Women's Fund of Western Massachusetts

March 8, 2016: LIPPI Compels Women to Broaden Their Comfort Zones

"Creating community has become a key component in the things that I tackle now. LIPPI provides a wonderful community and a real appreciation that the best thing that we can do as women is affirm each other’s successes. That is an important community for us to begin with." Carol Constant

Read their Mother/Daughter LIPPI story.


"I always knew that I was meant for something big. I just didn't know how to get there. LIPPI gave me the ability to overcome my fear." From there, Marie has stepped into her own authentic leadership. She oversees twelve after school programs in Western Massachusetts for the Collaborative for Educational Services. One way that Marie overcame her fear was by running for Town Committee, winning the election and then being appointed Chair.

Read her full LIPPI story.


LIPPI participant Marji Dixon (left) with former Interim LIPPI Director Kristen Elechko. Marji and a network of other LIPPI participants have created the "New Suffrage Movement," a committee formed to address voter participation in Hampden County!

Read more on how these LIPPI particpants are stepping into their own leadership within the community.


Linda Tyer (left) and Catherine VanBramer are strong leaders in their own right, but together they pull each other forward, improve their community, and exemplify that leadership grows when shared.  Joined by other LIPPI sisters in Berkshire County, we can only begin to imagine how women will be leading the way locally and beyond.

Read their complete LIPPI Story.


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