Women for Economic and Leadership Development (WELD) Pittsburgh
WELD develops and advances women’s leadership to strengthen the economic prosperity of the communities it serves. We provide women with specific tools to enhance their individual economic status, and we build programs, events and a community to support female leadership development and business growth. WELD is a 501(c)(3) national nonprofit organization.
As we use an image of Rosie the Riveter in our logo we pay tribute to the women who challenged the traditional perception of women’s capabilities in the workplace and in society. Just as Rosie the Riveter and her colleagues broke new ground, our goal is to further the issues of economic development for women.During war time the slogan was, “The More Women at Work, the Sooner We Win.” This slogan holds just as true today as it did during Rosie’s time.
The Pittsburgh chapter was launched in 2016. The chapter offers a robust suite of leadership programs that attracts business and community leaders from our region.
Each year, WELD chooses a specific leadership theme to form its strategic platform for the year. Our Leadership Series and other events will be designed around this theme in a holistic fashion that allows depth of coverage and reinforcement of skill building. There are two types of programs:
- New and Renewing Member Breakfasts: These events are for members only and provide an excellent overview of WELD and how to get involved. Specialty topics will be presented as part of the agenda so that attendees can experience the WELD programming format and build their leadership competencies.
- WELD Leadership Series: WELD Leadership programs focus on the core leadership competencies that support the strategic theme for the year and are ideal for those who are in the early to mid-career levels. They provide a perfect opportunity for executive level women and men in our community to increase their own visibility and impact by serving as guest speakers. These meetings are open to members and non-members alike.
Executive Women’s Series
The Executive Women’s Series focuses on the leadership development needs of the executive women of our corporate members. The target audience also includes partners/managing partners in professional services organizations, physicians, and other senior level women of our corporate members. The attendees need not be the named individual membership holders for the membership slots that come with our corporate members, but they must be at the executive level.
Executive women of our corporate members attend this event for free. The events are typically hosted by corporate members who desire to volunteer their hospitality to our membership base. Attendance at this event is typically by invitation only to ensure the appropriate level of audience and provides great relationship building opportunities for executive women to meet their peers at other companies.
Corporate Board Training
A wealth of studies shows that when corporate boards include three or more women on them, these companies financially outperform those companies with fewer or no women on their boards. In addition, companies with more women on their boards give back more philanthropically to their communities. Therefore, it is vitally important for companies to make inclusion of women on their boards a pivotal strategy to increase the economic performance of their organizations. It is also critical that women be proactive in creating and implementing a personal development plan and strategy to maximize interest in them by corporate board nominating committees.