Women of Initiative – Past, Present, Future

The Women’s Foundation of the Collier Community Foundation 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 remarkable women have helped change the face of our community through their leadership, innovation, energy, and dedication of time and talent. 

2021 Honorees were celebrated at the Women of Initiative Rock Philanthropy in December 2021. The event combines two favorites (Women of Initiative and Power of the Purse) into one new epic celebration that recognizes women as philanthropic rock stars.  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. #womenrockphilanthropy

Click here for a list of our Women of Initiative

2021 Women of Initiative Honorees:

Left to right: Julie Schmelzle, Barbara Rhodes-Melvin, Jody B. Lippes, Amy Moglia Heuerman, Heather Dockweiler, Simone Chassin Lutgert, Barbara Franks, Lee Kraus, Shirley Z. Welsh, Bev Cherry, Diane McCaw

Not pictured: Donna S. Hall

Photo by Nick Shirghio Photography

Women of Initiative Honorees were recognized at the Women Rock Philanthropy Luncheon sponsored by

Click below to watch the 2021 Honorees discuss an influential moment or person in their life. Let’s learn more about each of these very special honorees.