Leadership Training

Women's Fund of Rhode Island

Women's Policy Institute

LeadershipThe Women's Policy Institute (WPI) is a professional development and mentoring program designed to develop policy, advocacy and strategic communications skills among women who are interested in influencing the policymaking process.

Every year from September through June, WPI trains women across the state of Rhode Island in how to draft legislation and advocate for policies that will help make our state an equitable place to live.

The members of these cohorts come from all walks of life with many different experience levels in policy work. Alumni include professors, retirees, recent college graduates, urban planners, talk show hosts, public sector employees, city councilwomen, nonprofit leaders, school administrators, small business owners, and even a state senator. Most recently,WPI fellows successfully advocated for paid family leave and pregnancy accommodations in the workplace, codified Roe vs. Wade through the Reproductive Privacy Act and repealed the tampon tax, policies which have now been signed into law on a state-wide level. That's real change!

WPI cultivates skills for shaping policy-making at the state level with the goal of increasing the number of women leaders in the state who are actively involved in influencing and applying policies for an equitable Rhode Island. One of those women could be you!

To read the bios of our 2020-2021 Class of WPI Fellows, click here.

YOU can become a leader!

We are pleased to announce that applications for the 2020-2021 session are now available! Email knevins@wfri.org for an editable .doc application or 

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"I spoke at my first testimonial. I was nervous but thanks to WFRI's Women's Policy Institute, I knew what I was doing. You taught me so much and equipped me with the tools I need for what I am trying to accomplish."

- Anita B., Class of '19/20