Women Connect program expands to Cedar Valley

In collaboration with Grow Cedar Valley, Cedar Rapids-based Women Lead Change has announced the expansion of its Women Connect program to the Waterloo-Cedar Falls area.

Cedar Valley Women Connect (CVWC), which officially launches this month, is a membership-based group that will serve as a catalyst for advancing women’s leadership development in the region, according to a news release from Women Lead Change.

CVWC is a community of company leaders dedicated to improving women’s leadership competencies by connecting senior women executives through networking, mentoring and professional development, according to the release. The group will work to engage women in the Cedar Valley region by providing leadership development opportunities, including quarterly public learning workshops to support professional development; complimentary workshop seat, invites to member-only networking events and access to monthly advisory council sessions for member companies; and members-only networking events that feature professional and personal development discussions for attendees.

“Grow Cedar Valley is excited to work with Women Lead Change to bring this exciting opportunity for women’s professional development to the Cedar Valley,” said Cary Darrah, president and CEO of Grow Cedar Valley. “We know from speaking with area employers that attracting and retaining workforce is a critical issue, and Cedar Valley Women Connect offers opportunities to expand the leadership skills and future development of a major segment of our workforce – women.”

“The Women Connect concept grew out of the needs expressed by employees of our partner companies,” added Tiffany O’Donnell, CEO of Women Lead Change. “This proven model, along with our partnership with Grow Cedar Valley, are keys to this expansion as we come together to promote workforce and economic development.”