New Statewide Non-Profit Lean On: Alabama Launches

Lean On: Alabama, a new statewide non-profit, celebrated its official launch on Thursday, June 2 with more than 75 supporters in attendance.

Lean On: Alabama is a non-partisan, non-profit organization that brings women together to form intergenerational partnerships by building an innovative statewide platform which promotes collaboration, development, and investment in each other and the community.
The vision for the organization came from founder and president Mary Lee Caldwell.

“We are thrilled to officially launch this organization. Our hope is that Lean On: Alabama can serve as a statewide platform for women of all ages to connect personally and professionally,” Caldwell said. “We want to foster a collaborative environment that promotes people working together. We don’t want to duplicate efforts. We want to foster an environment of collaboration amongst individuals and organizations.”
There are opportunities for involvement ranging from volunteering, mentoring, speaking, and giving. Iris Circles will serve as the mentoring aspect of the organization, and there are opportunities to join, lead and coordinate these throughout the state.
“I hope that our volunteer opportunities offer the chance to model our Lean On: Alabama philosophy,” said Marsha Grady, vice president of the organization.
Board members include Caldwell, Grady, Kathleen Cramer, Leigh Davis, Gina Rigby House, Pam Parker, Pam Pruitt, Cathy Randall and Jackie Wuska.

Steering committee members include Christy Bobo, Jackson Boyd, Jennifer Hayes, Jessie Jones, Rosalind Moore and Kristi Pierce.
The organization also features a student advisory council of 19 college and graduate students.
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