Members of LIPPI Class of 2014!


Are you ready?

Applications being accepted for

LIPPI 2014-2015 year.  


Learn more and review:

2013 - 2014 LIPPI Curriculum


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Leadership Institute for Political and


Leading Through Conflict

Saturday, April 19, 2014 and Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Leadership Institute for Political and Public Impact

The Leadership Institute for Political and Public Impact, or LIPPI, equips women to become civic leaders in their communities, to impact policy on the local, state, and national levels, and to seek and hold on to elected positions.  Focusing on community organizing, the legislative process and policy-making, campaign management, fundraising, board participation, and running for office, LIPPI gives women the tools – and just as importantly the confidence – they need to become civic and political leaders. 

LIPPI trains women in the nuts and bolts of impacting policy from the citizen perspective.  By helping women develop these two sets of skills—individual leadership development and policy change—we aim to advance social change for a more equitable and just society. 

140 LIPPI Strong!

140 women have participated from the four counties of Western MA, representing all socio-economic backgrounds, ages and our region's major ethnic groups.  Our participants range in age from 18 to 60+, with 40 percent representing minority groups.  Some currently serve on school committees, city councils and town select boards, while others have never run for office before.
Hear from LIPPI graduates in their own words.


Graduates are making their own impact. See how our graduates and current participants are stepping up their leadership.

 ""I always knew that I was meant for something big.  I just didn't know how to get there.  LIPPI gave me the ability to overcome my fear."  From there, Marie has stepped into her own authentic leadership.  She oversees twelve after school programs in Western Massachusetts for the Collaborative for Educational Services.  One way that Marie overcame her fear was by running for Town Committee, winning the election and then being appointed Chair. 

  Read her full LIPPI story.

Current LIPPI participant Marji Dixon (left) with Interim LIPPI Director Kristen Elechko. Marji and a network of other LIPPI participants have created the "New Suffrage Movement," a committee formed to address voter participation in Hampden County!

Read more on how these LIPPI particpants are stepping into their own leadership within the community.

Linda Tyer (left) and Catherine VanBramer are strong leaders in their own right, but together they pull each other forward, improve their community, and exemplify that leadership grows when shared.  Joined by other LIPPI sisters in Berkshire County, we can only begin to imagine how women will be leading the way locally and beyond.

Read their complete LIPPI Story.

In Their Own Words

Hear what our LIPPI participants have to say about

the LIPPI experience!

Women Setting the Bar!!

We have had amazing local talent and beyond share their wisdom and

'tricks of the trade' to our eager LIPPI cohorts. We are proud to share

our complete list of workshop presenters and guest speakers.

Here, Natalie Blais,

District Representative for U.S. Rep. Jim Mc Govern, gives powerful presentation on political involvement from the citizen's perspective.

We would like to thank our wonderful LIPPI Sponsors!

Charles H. Hall Foundation

Eileen Fisher

The Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts

The Irene E. and George A. Davis Foundation

Two West Foundation


To find our more about LIPPI please contact:

Kristen Elechko, Interim LIPPI Director and Grants Assistant or 529-0087 x 13.