Women of Initiative – Past, Present, Future

Who are the Women of Initiative?

Each spring, the Women’s Foundation of the Community Foundation of Collier County honors local women leaders who, through their leadership styles, are an inspiration to all women seeking to make a difference through philanthropy and civic engagement.

These ten remarkable women who, through their leadership, innovation, energy, and dedication of time and talent, have helped change the face of our community. Net proceeds from this event help meet the needs of at-risk women and girls in our community through grants from the Women’s Foundation of Collier County.

The 2019 Women of Initiative event will be held on April 4, 2019, at The Ritz-Carlton, Naples Golf Resort. The Women of Initiative event will return every other year after the 2019 event so that we can bring you something fresh and new.

2018 Women of Initiative Honorees:

Alice Arena, Bunny Brooks, Debra Haley, Judy Hushon, Emily James
Amanda Jaron, Pat Jilk, Brenda Melton, Jeanne Nealon & Wynnell Schrenk

Photo by Reagan Rule Photography


Women of Initiative Honorees Luncheon sponsored by


Click below to watch the 2018 Honorees discuss the most important advice that they ever received regarding helping others, and being charitable. Let’s learn more about each of these very special honorees.


Women of Initiative Honorees 1998 – 2018