North Country Women's Leadership Initiative serves as an umbrella organization to coordinate, promote, and develop college women leaders in Northern New York.
​NCWLI provides a centralized resource and referral center for member collaboration and communication about women’s leadership
We envision NCWLI as a membership institute providing opportunities for women to come together from the area colleges and engage with each other, with mentors and other resources in the community, enhancing the leadership development options for young women. NCWLI should be
self-sustaining and enable women to feel empowered, which means supporting, enabling, and inspiring each other to develop their leadership skills, transforming their ideas into action and achieving excellence in all they do. 
As an umbrella organization, the institute serves, primarily, as a resource and referral organization, helping coordinate activity among the member institutions and support the various groups on campuses that provide leadership opportunities to women.   
The overarching goal of the institute is strengthening the groups already on campuses and facilitating joint action and shared activity.   The institute enables women to further develop their leadership skills through networking, continuing education
through conference participation, grant making and other shared activities.  
  1. Plan, organize and implement conferences annually that bring women from all campuses together to network, learn and further develop leadership skills.
  2. Create opportunities for networking and shared activities through a blog or website where groups can go for additional resources and referrals and marketing their activity more broadly.
  3. Provide an advocacy role for women students in the region.
  4. Enable young women leaders to further develop their voice and have opportunities to build their experience through activity at the state, national and international level.
  5. Raise money through grant writing to support coordinated activity for women’s leadership development in the community.
  6. Facilitate mentorships, speakers and other resources that may assist current campus groups (serving as a resource to these groups).
  7. Encourage college women to mentor high-school and middle-school girls.