Featured Member: Wendy Doyle

When you think about strong women in the city, it’s impossible to not include Wendy Doyle in that list. The CEO & President of the Women’s Foundation, Wendy’s mission has been to empower those in her city by being a strong advocate for change, a thought leader for equality and a guide through dark times.

Photo by Anna Petrow, Anna Petrow Photography

Photo by Anna Petrow, Anna Petrow Photography

We had the opportunity to learn more about Wendy, and hear about why KC is home and what her proudest accomplishment to date has been.

- Why is Kansas City your home base? 

 I went to Rockhurst University and stayed in Kansas City. I love how Kansas City is a vibrant, welcoming community that's still rooted in its Midwest values. It's also centrally located so you can easily hop on a flight to either coast, and still enjoy the benefits of living in the heartland.


- Tell me about a woman who inspires you.

 There are so many women who inspire me that it is really hard to choose. They range from icons like Madeleine Albright to the everyday women I meet through our work: from the military servicewoman protecting our country abroad to the college graduate who is negotiating her salary for the first time. I'm also always inspired by the example of my mother and grandmother who taught me to lift up other women, no excuses. 


- Why did you join The Nelle? 

 We know from our research that support networks are vital when it comes to promoting equity and opportunity for women. The Nelle is taking that concept to the next level by providing a space where women can network, recharge, and feel empowered to tackle whatever stands in their way.


- What are you looking forward to most about The Nelle?  

 The opportunity to meet incredible women who share our commitment to breaking down barriers to equity and opportunity.


- What is your proudest accomplishment? 

 Helping to bring paid parental leave to employees of nearly every state agency in Missouri. Knowing that women and men now have the opportunity to keep their job and be able to spend time with their newborn or adopted child was extremely moving.


- How do you stay motivated? 

 Women’s stories inspire me. They encourage me to work harder and aim higher, and they're the reason I will never stop working for change. 


- What are your goals for the Women’s Foundation in the coming year?

 My goal is to continue using the proven framework the Women's Foundation has developed to make positive change for women and their families: investing in research, developing solutions and getting results. One of the things I'm most excited about is our Appointments Project®, a civic engagement initiative which works to close the leadership gap by increasing the number of women serving on state and local boards and commissions. In order to achieve real, lasting change – it's essential to have more women at the policy making table.


- How would you like to see the KC community involved with your organization?

 We would love to see more women and men to get to know us and get involved with our work. When women thrive, communities thrive – so everyone has a stake in our work to identify and break down barriers that hold women back, and build a future of greater equity and opportunity for all.

Women’s Foundation promotes equity and opportunity for women of all ages, using research, philanthropy and policy solutions to make meaningful change.

To learn more about Women’s Foundation and the work they are doing, please visit the following link: http://www.womens-foundation.org/

Lauren Merriman