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The Women’s Nonprofit Leadership Initiative (WNLI) is a group of more than a dozen Philadelphia area women leaders in the nonprofit sector that has been meeting and working on increasing diversity in the nonprofit sector since 2012. The group was established by the late Dr. Happy Fernandez, former president of Moore College of Art, two-term member of Philadelphia City Council, and former professor at Temple University. It has engaged with board leaders and women board members of nonprofit institutions to increase diversity on the boards of the major nonprofit institutions in Greater Philadelphia. Its volunteer members have also worked both independently and in cooperation with Philadelphia’s Forum of Executive Women, and more recently with The Nonprofit Center at La Salle University’s School of Business, to make available reliable information about women’s representation in the leadership ranks of Greater Philadelphia’s nonprofit sector.

WNLI Members

Carolyn Adams, Ph.D., Former Dean, College of Liberal Arts, and President of the Faculty Senate, Temple University

Dotty Brown, Former reporter and editor at The Philadelphia Inquirer and book author

Jolley Bruce Christman, Ph.D., founder, Research for Action

Wendy Epstein, Principal, Epstein Consulting Group

Carmen Febo-San Miguel, M. D., Executive Director Taller Puertorriqueño

Judith Gay, Ph.D., Vice President for Strategic Initiatives and Chief of Staff, Community College of Philadelphia 

Terry Gillen, J.D., Urban Policy Consultant; former Director of Federal Affairs for Philadelphia

Vicki Kramer, Ph.D., consultant to nonprofits; lead author Critical Mass on Corporate Boards

Rosalyn J. McPherson, President and CEO, The ROZ Group, Inc.

Afaf Meleis, Ph.D., Dean Emerita, Professor of Nursing and Sociology, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing

Karen Minyard, Former Managing Director and SVP Wealth Management, PNC Financial Services Corp.

Linda Munich, Former Vice President of Public Affairs for 6abc

Bonnie Raines, Board member and former Policy Associate, Public Citizens for Children and Youth

Jane Scaccetti, Shareholder and CEO, Drucker & Scaccetti; Trustee Temple and Salus Universities

Leslie Stiles, Board President of the Pennsylvania Conference for Women