Two More Appointments of Women Announced on First Anniversary of Women's Empowerment Initiative

Women's Foundation Appointments Project Celebrates 11 Successful Appointments

            Dr. LaTedra Collins

            Dr. LaTedra Collins

Kansas City, MO – Today, during a celebration of the first year anniversary of the Women’s Empowerment Initiative (WE), Mayor Sly James announced the appointments of two more women to Kansas City leadership positions. These committee assignments mark 11 successful appointments through the Women’s Foundation Appointments Project since its launch last spring.
The two newest appointments are Dr. LaTedra Collins and Niki Lee Donawa, both appointed to the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City Community Advisory Committee.
“The Women’s Foundation is all about research, solutions and results,” said Women’s Foundation President and CEO Wendy Doyle. “Thanks to our partnership with Mayor Sly James in the past year, the Women’s Foundation Appointments Project has started to address a gap our research identified, and we’ve helped 11 women in the Kansas City area receive appointments to boards and commissions. We look forward to encouraging more women to apply for civic leadership opportunities in the days ahead.”

"The first-of-its-kind WE initiative has been an effective tool for ensuring women have the tools they need to succeed," Mayor Sly James said. "The collaboration with the Women's Foundation on the Appointments Project has been critical to the success of this initiative. I'm so proud that WE is attracting attention from officials in several other cities, who are looking to Kansas City as a national model for improving the status of women." 

            Niki Lee   Donawa

            Niki Lee Donawa

The Women’s Empowerment initiative (WE) was launched one year ago.  It is a public/private partnership between Kansas City Mayor Sly James’ office and the Women’s Foundation, Central Exchange, and UMKC’s Women’s Center, with the goals of examining the policies and processes of city government and addressing the fact that women are under-represented in the business community, in government, and in leadership positions. The Women’s Foundation’s Appointments Project is a partnership with Mayor James’ office to help specifically address the gender gap on boards and commissions.
The Women’s Foundation promotes equity and opportunity for women and girls, using philanthropy, research and policy solutions to make meaningful change.  More information about the organization can be found at