The Women Officials Network envisions more women in leadership positions at all levels of government.
Our mission is simple; empower women leaders of today and mentor women leaders of tomorrow.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statement
The Women Official’s Network Foundation is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion as we carry out our mission to empower women leaders of today and mentor women leaders of tomorrow. As a membership body, our strength is our promise to be inclusive, with intentional strategies to welcome and uplift all women. Creating a culture of equality for all women who aspire to leadership roles isn’t just the right thing to do, it’s also the smart thing to do. To be engaged, you must feel included. We strive to build and nurture a culture where inclusiveness is a reflex, not an initiative. When there is a deep sense of pride, passion, equality, and belonging, we render better results. We respect and value diverse life experiences and heritages and ensure that all voices are valued and heard. We’re better when we’re equal!
The WONder Woman Awards Banquet is one of our cherished annual events at which we honor several women in our community for their exceptional leadership and assistance to women and girls in reaching their own full leadership potential. While we have not been able to celebrate this time honored event since the onset of the pandemic, we hope to have news about our next banquet in the first half of 2022.
The Women Officials Network, a non-profit and non-partisan organization, was founded in 1997 by then
State Rep. Patricia (Pan) Godchaux (R-Birmingham) and her district liaison, Barbara Moorhouse.
One of WON's first activities was to host quarterly breakfasts that featured dynamic speakers and
provided great networking opportunities. Our Quarterly Networking Breakfasts are still going strong. We
have hosted a wide array of speakers on a range of topics. Past programs have included the women on
the Michigan State Supreme Court, Secretaries of State Terri Lynn Land and then Jocelyn Benson,
Senator Debbie Stabenow, and many other powerful and influential local leaders.
In 2008, the WON Foundation was formed to take over the WONder Woman Awards Banquet. In 2018,
the Women Officials Network and the Women Officials Network Foundation became one organization.
A WONder Woman is someone who has demonstrated excellence over time.
Honorable Dr. Sheryl Mitchell *
Honorable Carolyn Grech
Honorable Mary Kerwin
Honorable Cynthia von Oeyen *
Honorable Deborah L. Macon *
Women Officials Network:
Honorable Mary E. Schusterbauer
Honorable Casandra E. Ulbrich, PhD
Honorable Mary Kerwin
Honorable Joan E. Young *
Honorable Linda Hallmark
Honorable Geri Rinschler *
Honorable Wilma Cotton