Ann Madsen


As we log out of last year and log in to 2017, hereann_blkdress_web
we are in the traditional time of New Year’s Resolutions.


Resolutions, of course, are all about hope– Here are a few of our aspirations for the year:

  1. As we mark our 40th Anniversary, we plan to continue responding to community needs in impactful and innovative ways.

  2. Our successful Women Building Futures Program is designed to help women learn the trades.  This program gained national attention for its innovative approach to helping women in non-traditional fields. Blueprints for the next chapter of this program are now in the design phase. We hope to launch the second chapter in 2017.

  3. We are also focused on our efforts to help female entrepreneurs across the west coast of Florida to find the resources they need to succeed.  In 2017, we have plans to expand staff to meet the growing interest in training and business solutions for female-led companies. And, watch for our popular InnovateHer event in the spring.

  4. Our series of Women’s Leadership Luncheons and other events featuring inspiring, successful women provide opportunities for women to network and learn new skills. Check out our website, we are well on our way to accomplishing our goals for this year.

  5. We want to help girls achieve their potential by opening new doors for them through our Centre for Girls.  Once closed, The Centre for Girls is now a thriving safe place with a stimulating S.T.E.A.M. curriculum designed especially for girls ages 5 through 14.  Our 2017 goal is to continue expanding opportunities for girls to learn, to grow and to experience new adventures.

  6. We hope to reconnect with people from our past.  The Centre for Women has changed a lot over the past four decades, but our commitment to help women is unwavering.  If you have been part of our story, whether through Board activity, as an employee or former member…or as a beneficiary of our services, we hope you will reconnect with us, support our work and help us write the next chapter.


Like most nonprofits today, I think our greatest aspiration for this year is to end on a positive financial note.   It is a constant challenge so we are particularly grateful to all the members, donors, volunteers and sponsors who help support us through the year, every year. What a difference your generosity makes here!


Despite the best intentions, we recognize that many pledges made in January evaporate by year’s end. The philosopher Plato said the most important work is at the beginning.  So we are off to a fast start.  We are gearing up for our annual Waves of Change luncheon.  It promises to be the event of the year here in Tampa as we celebrate the achievements of two remarkable women:  one of the world’s most accomplished entrepreneurs Sheila Johnson and Tampa’s first female mayor, The Honorable Sandra Warshaw Freedman.  We are extremely excited that one of Tampa’s newest corporate partners, Johnson & Johnson Global, has signed on as our presenting sponsor for this major event celebrating women’s leadership. We hope you will join us for this celebration on March 10th.


Until then, here’s wishing you a very happy New Year!