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Women in Leadership

A key segment of the working population is women - in fact, nearly 47% of the workforce is women according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Grow Cedar Valley is committed to the continued growth and development of professional women by connecting them to opportunities for networking with other professionals, education to strengthen skills, and to become impactful leaders in the Cedar Valley. This page is a compilation of the many resources available right here in the Cedar Valley specifically for women.

Do you know of a resource that should be listed, have an update, or a question? Please contact Sandi Sommerfelt.

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Community

Includes groups that have a targeted community focus or specific community projects, which may also include advocacy and fundraising opportunities.

100+ Women Who Care

100 women donate $100 every quarter.  Through the power of numbers, we will combine our donations to make an immediate, BIG impact on our local community while having some fun! In doing so, we will create a culture of giving and support. 

AAUW (American Association of University Women) Cedar Falls - Waterloo Branch

The Cedar Falls-Waterloo AAUW meets monthly. Members are involved in numerous interest groups and community projects. We also provide funding for educational scholarships, legal advocacy, research and lobbying to promote equity for women and girls. Our mission is to advance gender equity for women and girls through research, education, and advocacy.

  • Cost: $80, Membership is open to all graduates holding an associate (or equivalent), baccalaureate, or higher degree from a qualified educational institution.
  • Contact

Altrussa 

Our club offers an opportunity to make a real difference in Cedar Falls. We undertake a variety of service, literacy, fundraising and international projects each year.

Beyond Pink Team

A nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide breast cancer prevention, education, support, and advocacy for comprehensive, quality care FOR ALL in the Cedar Valley and surrounding communities.

Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa & Western Illinois

Girl Scouts is the preeminent leadership development organization for girls. Our program provides girls of varying backgrounds and abilities the opportunity to discover adventure, gain new skills, and change the world. By focusing the Girl Scout program on the core initiatives of Entrepreneurship, Outdoors, Life Skills, and STEM, girls will become self-sufficient, courageous, and ready to tackle what lies ahead.

Junior League of Waterloo-Cedar Falls, IA

The Junior League of Waterloo-Cedar Falls, Iowa, Inc. is an organization of women committed to promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women, and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.  Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.

Leader Valley

Leader Valley is a talent development initiative of Grow Cedar Valley. Implementing in three communities — Waterloo, Cedar Falls, and Waverly, Leader Valley is preparing Pre-K-12 students for life by providing them with the essential soft skills needed for a life of effectiveness and a competitive advantage in the workforce.

League of Women Voters of Black Hawk-Bremer Counties

The League of Women Voters of the United States encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.

NOW (National Organization for Women)

As the grassroots arm of the women’s movement, the National Organization for Women is dedicated to its multi-issue and multi-strategy approach to women’s rights, and is the largest organization of feminist grassroots activists in the United States. NOW’s purpose is to take action through intersectional grassroots activism to promote feminist ideals, lead societal change, eliminate discrimination, and achieve and protect the equal rights of all women and girls in all aspects of social, political, and economic life. Currently there is no local chapter. 

Girls on the Run

Girls on the Run reaches girls at a critical stage, strengthening their confidence at a time when society begins to tell them they can’t. Underscoring the important connection between physical and emotional health, our program addresses the whole girl when she needs it the most.

Women for Good (Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa)

Women For Good provides opportunities to engage with other community-minded women at quarterly luncheons, participation in the Women’s Fund grant selection process, and occasional volunteer opportunities or site visits. 

  • Cost: Contribute $150 or more annually
  • Contact Email

Women United (United Way)

Women United, formerly known as Women’s Philanthropy Connection, focuses on empowering women to create real and lasting improvement in people’s lives. Members can choose to participate solely through their giving or through their giving and volunteering on WPC projects.

  • Cost: Membership is open to women who are at an annual giving level of at least $1,000 to Cedar Valley United Way or $500 for those age 40 and younger. Giving can be done on an individual basis or through combined household giving.
  • Contact

    


Grants/Scholarships

These groups offer grant opportunities, funding, or scholarships for females.

Business & Professional Women of Iowa

We help women of all ages develop and advance themselves personally and professionally. We have a proud tradition of "women helping women".

Iowa Women's Foundation

The Iowa Women’s Foundation is committed to improving the lives of Iowa’s women and girls. We use research to uncover the biggest barriers to women’s success as well as their greatest needs, and we invest our passion and resources accordingly.

Philanthropic Educational Organization (PEO)

P.E.O. is an organization of women, by women and for women. P.E.O. supports women both through friendships and the bonds of sisterhood and through educational scholarships, grants, awards and loans to help women pursue higher education. Currently there is no local chapter. 

Women for Good (Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa)

Women For Good provides opportunities to engage with other community-minded women at quarterly luncheons, participation in the Women’s Fund grant selection process, and occasional volunteer opportunities or site visits. 

  • Cost: Contribute $150 or more annually
  • Contact Email

    


Networking

These groups offer structured opportunities to meet with other professional women.

100+ Women Who Care

100 women donate $100 each every quarter.  Through the power of numbers, we will combine our donations to make an immediate, BIG impact on our local community while having some fun! In doing so, we will create a culture of giving and support. 

American Business Women's Association (ABWA)

The mission of the American Business Women’s Association is to bring together business women of diverse occupations and to provide opportunities for them to help themselves and others grow personally and professionally through leadership, education, networking support and national recognition. Currently there is no local chapter. 

Business & Professional Women of Iowa

We help women of all ages develop and advance themselves personally and professionally. We have a proud tradition of "women helping women".

Cedar Falls Women's Club

Membership in the Cedar Falls Woman's Club is open to all  women.  All meetings include a meal, friendship, a short meeting, and a program.  The Cedar Falls Woman's Club meets regularly each month from September through May.  Other special events are scheduled  throughout the year.  Each member belongs to the General Club as well as one of the two departments, Business Women or Cultural Affairs. 

Junior League of Waterloo-Cedar Falls, IA

The Junior League of Waterloo-Cedar Falls, Iowa, Inc. is an organization of women committed to promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women, and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.  Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.

MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers)

Gathering and support group to support moms. Women rally together in their own neighborhoods and help each other through motherhood, one gathering at a time. 

Polka Dot Powerhouse

It is our mission to connect the world’s most positive, action-forward, amazing women to build lifelong friendships and business relationships. Currently there is no local chapter. 

UNI Women in Business Group

UNI Women in Business is built upon the following principles: Synergy, Professionalism, Innovation, Networking, Development, Leadership, and Empowerment. Our goal is to create a community within the UNI College of Business which fosters development and allows members to expand their professional experiences to work towards a successful future.

Women Lead Change

A program to inspire and challenge women of all ages, ethnicities, backgrounds, occupations and professional levels through a dynamic exchange of ideas, leadership tools and motivational support from other women leaders.  Currently there is no local chapter. 

    


Professional Development

Offers opportunities for education, workshops, professional and/or leadership development.

Business & Professional Women of Iowa

We help women of all ages develop and advance themselves personally and professionally. We have a proud tradition of "women helping women".

Cedar Falls Women's Club

Membership in the Cedar Falls Woman's Club is open to all  women.  All meetings include a meal, friendship, a short meeting, and a program.  The Cedar Falls Woman's Club meets regularly each month from September through May.  Other special events are scheduled  throughout the year.  Each member belongs to the General Club as well as one of the two departments, Business Women or Cultural Affairs. 

Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa & Western Illinois

Girl Scouts is the preeminent leadership development organization for girls. Our program provides girls of varying backgrounds and abilities the opportunity to discover adventure, gain new skills, and change the world. By focusing the Girl Scout program on the core initiatives of Entrepreneurship, Outdoors, Life Skills, and STEM, girls will become self-sufficient, courageous, and ready to tackle what lies ahead.

Iowa Women's Foundation

The Iowa Women’s Foundation is committed to improving the lives of Iowa’s women and girls. We use research to uncover the biggest barriers to women’s success as well as their greatest needs, and we invest our passion and resources accordingly.

Junior League of Waterloo-Cedar Falls, IA

The Junior League of Waterloo-Cedar Falls, Iowa, Inc. is an organization of women committed to promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women, and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.  Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.

Leader Valley

Leader Valley is a talent development initiative of Grow Cedar Valley. Implementing in three communities — Waterloo, Cedar Falls, and Waverly, Leader Valley is preparing Pre-K-12 students for life by providing them with the essential soft skills needed for a life of effectiveness and a competitive advantage in the workforce.

League of Women Voters of Black Hawk-Bremer Counties

The League of Women Voters of the United States encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.

American Business Women's Association (ABWA)

The mission of the American Business Women’s Association is to bring together business women of diverse occupations and to provide opportunities for them to help themselves and others grow personally and professionally through leadership, education, networking support and national recognition. Currently there is no local chapter. 

Toastmasters

Toastmasters International is a non-profit educational organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills through a worldwide network of clubs. Since 1924, Toastmasters International has helped people from diverse backgrounds become more confident speakers, communicators, and leaders.

  • Cost: $45 international dues & $20 new member fee
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UNI Women in Business Group

UNI Women in Business is built upon the following principles: Synergy, Professionalism, Innovation, Networking, Development, Leadership, and Empowerment. Our goal is to create a community within the UNI College of Business which fosters development and allows members to expand their professional experiences to work towards a successful future.

Women Lead Change

A program to inspire and challenge women of all ages, ethnicities, backgrounds, occupations and professional levels through a dynamic exchange of ideas, leadership tools and motivational support from other women leaders.  Currently there is no local chapter.