The San Antonio Chamber of Commerce’s Woman to Woman, Leader to Leader (WWLL) Committee was excited to kick-off in-person meetings for the first time in over a year, after a hiatus during the pandemic. The Committee began over 10 years ago with a mission to connect transitioning women military leadership with key women industry leaders in and around San Antonio. This committee was originally designed to encourage a collaborative sharing of culture – military and civilian, and to provide those military women in transition out of military service with professional opportunities to prepare for the civilian sector challenges – building a strong community network that will enhance the network that is already in place from their military “family.”
Today the WWLL Committee has grown to expand its mission beyond mentoring military women to connecting seasoned women leaders from all industries and business sizes in order to deepen relationships through our events, as well as supporting emerging women leaders of the future.
Led by Committee Co-Chairs, Johnette Lee (San Antonio Lighthouse for the Blind) and Jimmie Keenan (WellMed), the reception was hosted at the beautiful Red Berry Estate, where guests enjoyed delicious food and beverage while also reconnecting with veterans of the group and meeting new members. After hearing a few words from our host, Jamie Kowalski (RK Group), we were honored to hear from the Chamber’s Board Chair, Hope Andrade. “We are excited to meet once again in person and look forward to future opportunities to connect women in business with each other, as well as with new leadership ideas, community initiatives, and career development – in a fun, relaxed, and engaging event setting,” Andrade said.
The Committee also highlighted the important work of the San Antonio Area Foundation’s Women and Girl’s Development Fund, chaired by WWLL Member, Maj. Gen. (USMC Retired) Angie Salinas (Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas). Angie greeted the guests with details on the fund which distributes grants to support women and girls in our community focused on leadership development. “Through the fund, the objective is to empower women and girls to find the confidence they need to become leaders,” Salinas said. ”We believe that leadership free of gender bias with a foundation of empowerment is crucial in order to lead others.”
Establishing authentic relationships with each other, lifting up not only their peers but future women leaders in their organizations, continues to be key priorities of the women who attend. “There is a renewed vision to bridge the gap in our workforce today by engaging millennials and empowering each other to create opportunities for career growth for women from all walks of life,” relayed Lori Stinson, Chamber Vice President of Military Affairs and Leadership Development and staff Lead for the Committee, “The Chamber is honored to be a part of that important work. These connections will become the lifeblood of trusted relationships and valued partnerships well into the future.”
If you are a Chamber member and interested in joining the Committee, please email Lori Stinson at email@example.com or call 210-229-2122.