Mayor Sly James Honored with He’s for Change Internship by Women’s Foundation

The internship was created to honor Mayor James’ partnership with Women’s Foundation

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Women’s Foundation is creating a new internship in honor of Mayor Sly James and his work to empower women and increase the number of women serving on Kansas City’s public boards and commissions.  

The Mayor James – He’s for Change Internship, announced by the Women’s Foundation tonight at an event honoring Mayor James, will provide opportunities for interns to gain hands-on experience in nonprofit operations with a focus on promoting leadership and philanthropic education for women of all ages.  

Mayor James has been an avid supporter of Women’s Foundation initiatives, collaborating with the Women’s Foundation on the Appointments Project™ and When Work Works programs that  continue to make Kansas City, Missouri a better place for women and their families.  

“Mayor James has helped raise the bar for the entire region by championing women’s empowerment and promoting women in leadership roles.” said Wendy Doyle, Women’s Foundation President and CEO. “As a tribute to his efforts, the Mayor James – He’s for Change Internship will provide greater opportunities for young people in the region to gain hands-on experience and cultivate the next generation of Kansas City leaders.”

The event featured a brief Q&A session between Mayor Sly James and Wendy Doyle, Women’s Foundation President and CEO. The dialogue addressed the importance of public-private partnerships and highlighted the progress of the Women’s Foundation’s partnership with the James’ Administration.

Last month, Mayor James announced at the Women’s Foundation 25th Anniversary celebration that through their partnership on the Appointments Project™, he has increased female representation on Kansas City, Missouri’s boards and commissions from 33% in 2014 to 42% in 2017. 

The Women’s Foundation promotes equity and opportunity for women of all ages, using research, philanthropy and policy solutions to make meaningful change.  More information about the organization can be found at