Shifting to a Co-Director Leadership Model!

After a fiscal crisis just over a decade ago, our team got to work, thoughtfully reimagining an organizational structure that honors the collective wisdom of all stakeholders and fosters long-term sustainability. As a first step to diffuse power from traditional executive leadership roles, we spent years co-developing and finalizing our Cultural Praxis which was finally completed in 2014. Four years later, we engaged in a six-month process of brainstorming and consensus-building -- fleshing out our organizational DNA in our 2018 Theory of Change. This document, our North Star, outlined our mission, vision and strategies designed to ensure our work was grounded in justice, shared power and supportive of emerging leadership at all levels. As a continued embodiment of these visions and values, we are pleased to share an exciting shift in our current leadership structure. Effective July 1, 2021, W.O.M.A.N., Inc. will be transitioning into a Co-Director Leadership model. Mary Martinez, our former Associate Director, will be joining Jill Zawisza, former Executive Director, as Co-Directors. 

What W.O.M.A.N., Inc.’s Echando Pa’lante Program Shows About Shared Power, Leadership, Relationship Building & Survivor Success

Since 1978, W.O.M.A.N., Inc. has supported survivors of domestic violence through empowerment-based, survivor-centered programming that honors the personal autonomy, power and resiliency of people impacted by violence.  These principles are guided by seeing survivors as whole people who are the experts of their own lives. We’re very proud to share with you a report on … Continue reading What W.O.M.A.N., Inc.’s Echando Pa’lante Program Shows About Shared Power, Leadership, Relationship Building & Survivor Success

Congratulations to Mary Martinez on Her New Role as W.O.M.A.N., Inc. Associate Director!

Please join us in congratulating Mary Martinez on her promotion to Associate Director at W.O.M.A.N., Inc.! Mary originally joined W.O.M.A.N., Inc. as a support line volunteer back in February of 2008. Due to her hard work, commitment, and passion, she quickly progressed in her work and become a strong leader of the organization. Due in … Continue reading Congratulations to Mary Martinez on Her New Role as W.O.M.A.N., Inc. Associate Director!

Dismantling & Rebuilding: Celebrating Jill Zawisza’s 20 Years of Leadership

The W.O.M.A.N., Inc. Board of Directors warmly invites you to Dismantling & Rebuilding: An Evening for Stronger, Safer Communities. We're celebrating our Executive Director Jill Zawisza's 20 years of leadership in the domestic violence field and her 10th anniversary with W.O.M.A.N., Inc.

Strong Field Project Webinar – Best Practices For Cultivating Emerging Leaders

Recently, our Executive Director, Jill Zawisza and two of her peers, Emma Owens, Client Services Coordinator at Center for Violence Free Relationships and Adriana Caldera, Support Network Program Director, YWCA Silicon Valley co-wrote and facilitated a webinar outlining Best Practices for Cultivating Emerging Leaders. The webinar encouraged participants to consider ways in which they lead … Continue reading Strong Field Project Webinar – Best Practices For Cultivating Emerging Leaders

Strong Field Project Welcomes Mary Martinez

We have exciting news! W.O.M.A.N., Inc.'s Crisis Line Supervisor, Mary Martinez, was accepted into the highly competitive Strong Field Leadership Development Program! The program is geared towards building a strong, coordinated network of domestic violence service providers in California! Read on to learn what Jill & Mary have to say about this opportunity below. "I … Continue reading Strong Field Project Welcomes Mary Martinez