Women’s Education & Leadership Institute

About Women’s Education & Leadership Institute

The Women’s Education & Leadership Institute (WELI) program was founded in early 2011 by community leaders who saw a need to advance the education and economic status of women and families in Monterey County. The WELI program consists of summer leadership training, an on-campus student- lead WELI club, a powerful mentorship with community leaders and a $2,000 financial award per student, making this a life changing experience.

Since its inception in 2011, the WELI program has graduated 150 scholars and granted $300, 000 in scholarships. The WELI program has seen a 97% student completion success and educational persistence rate.

Demographically, 84% of our current students receive financial aid, 63% are the first in their family to attend college, and 52% are mothers.

There is a direct correlation between the successes of a child and the educational level of the mother. Studies show that when a woman succeeds, her family does too and when a family thrives, a community thrives. Programs like WELI have the power to transform communities and generations.

WELI was recently featured in a KRML Radio publication, click here to listen!


Planning for the Future

On October 29th, Hartnell Foundation will host the fourth annual Women’s Education & Leadership Institute Forum. The special night at Tehama Golf Club will feature an intimate dinner and conversation moderated by Adrienne Laurent of Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System, featuring, Joanne Taylor-Johnson, Community Trailblazer and Bruce Taylor, Chairman and CEO of Taylor Farms.

This event is expected to sell out, so reserve your seat now. Join us as a WELI Circle member and receive two tickets to the event and recognition through the event. Learn more by clicking here.

Join us as a WELI Circle member and receive two tickets to the event and year-round recognition. Learn more by clicking here.

You can join last year’s generous sponsors in supporting the future of this important program. For sponsorship information click here.

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