Ann W. Madsen


new_anns-nomFresh off our 40-year anniversary, we have really hit our stride this year. When I wake up in the morning, I know there is important work to do – and I am excited about doing it.

In our experience, less is not more. The Centre for Women is unique in that we are able to offer such a diverse array of programs and services. That’s the power of leading a small, but mighty agency. We are limited only by our imagination...and funding, of course. Our six different program divisions are tied together under our mission to help women across Tampa Bay to succeed personally and professionally.  Under that broad umbrella is a wealth of potential to impact the lives of so many people.

Over the course of four decades, our programs have evolved to meet the ever-changing needs of our community. I go across Tampa Bay, I meet grateful people who have been helped by the dedicated staff at the Centre.

This year, we launched the League of Extraordinary Women and watched in awe as so many influential, accomplished women immediately accepted the invitation to join and support other women. We held our most successful Waves of Change Luncheon to date with hundreds of women and men coming together to celebrate the legacy of our founder Helen Gordon Davis, a lifelong champion for women and civil rights. Our Women Building Futures program hammered out an expanded blueprint for success and now offers accreditation for women who want to learn the trades from one of the nation’s leading training organizations. Our Women’s Business Centre changed its name to the Tampa Bay Women’s Business Centre to reflect our growing impact across six counties. Our Centre for Girls introduced Biz Girlz to open doors for young entrepreneurs.

Those are just a few of the milestones we met this year. Success brings new opportunity and our increasing number of community partners and generous individual donors make our programs possible.

Once upon a time, opportunities for women were limited. Today, it is a different story and we are helping to write the next chapter. As we look to the future, we know the best is yet to come.