Women’s Initiative

Women’s Initiative

Women’s Initiative is the premiere women’s leadership and philanthropy group in central Massachusetts.

  • We build, strengthen, and support the development of healthy, confident, and safe adolescent girls.
  • We empower girls through mentoring, educational opportunities, and financial literacy.
  • We create positive change for women and children in our community.

Meet a Member

Sarah Hovagimian, Sr. Rating Analyst, IDI Business Operations, Unum0308160950a

“Since you get more joy out of giving to others, you should put a good deal of thought into the happiness that you are able to give.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

Sarah first became acquainted with the United Way and the Women’s Initiative through her employer, Unum. She became involved as a volunteer mentor at the Dollar $cholar
financial literacy conferences, giving her the opportunity to share healthy financial habits one-on-one with 8th grade girls. She says, “I am proud to be a part of the Women’s Initiative because of its focus on women’s leadership and philanthropy. The Women’s Initiative is one vehicle I rely on when investing in our community. I absolutely love what WI does for young professional women in our community – creating an environment for women to seek guidance from other successful leaders. I plan on staying involved by volunteering as a committee member and will stay active through Women’s Initiative events.”

Sarah loves being a redhead because “there are not as many of us. It ensures you will be remembered, it represents my Irish heritage, and people who have not seen me for years recognize me right away! This past June my husband and I went to Ireland for our honeymoon. Even though I was your typical American vacationer, I was stopped by many for directions to all the typical tourist spots (like Trinity College, Guinness Storehouse and other destinations) because I resembled so many of the native Irish citizens.”


Women's Initiative Partners

  • African Community Education
    • Express Yourself Program
  • Boys & Girls Club of Worcester
    • Girls Voice Program
  • Clark University
    • All Kinds of Girls
  • Family Health Center
    • Girls on the Run at Sullivan Middle
  • Girl Scouts of Central and Western MA
    • Be a Friend First (BFF)
  • Girls, Inc.
    • Dear World: Voices of Worcester Girls
  • Latino Education Institute
    • Latina Achievers in Search of Success
  • LUK Crisis Center
    • Project Shine
  • Seven Hills Family Services
    • Just Us Girls
  • YOU, Inc.
    • ASCEND
  • YWCA of Central MA and Girls Inc.
    • Girls Promoting Safety

Click here to view a list of our 2016-2017 funded programs.

Upcoming Events

Stepping Up for Girls
Thursday, September 22, 2016
Mechanics Hall
4:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Keynote Speaker: Susan Papalia


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Investing in Girls Alliance:

WI is pleased to be a part of the Investing in Girls Alliance.

Investing In Girls Alliance – The Investing in Girls Alliance is an outcome of the Mayor’s Task Force on Youth at Risk in the City of Worcester. The group was brought together to address the recent rise in violence among adolescent girls in the local community. Learn more