Soroptimist is a global women’s organization whose women volunteer to improve the lives of women and girls, through programs leading to social and economic empowerment. More than 80,000 Soroptimist in about 130 countries and territories support community-based and global projects benefiting women and girls. The organization is particularly concerned with providing women and girls access to education, as this is the most effective path to self-determination.
Northwestern Region Mission Statement
The mission of the Northwestern Region is to provide its members with leadership training and education empowering them to promote and implement region-identifying projects and to advance human rights and the status of women locally and globally.
Northwestern Region Board
Upper left to right: Secretary Theresa Heidt-Vanderschoot, District 4 Director Terri Kunz, Governor Marti Crook, District 1 Director Karen Marshall
Lower left to right: Treasurer Becky Taft, District 2 Director Wendy Falkenstein, Governor-Elect Kristi Puckett, District 3 Director Sally Peatow
Throughout history and still to this day, women throughout the world face obstacles solely because of their gender. They disproportionately suffer from poverty and discrimination. It’s for this reason that Soroptimist, an organization of and by women, chooses to focus on the special challenges facing women and girls.
Soroptimist’s Dream Programs—Live Your Dream: Education and Training Awards for Women and Dream It, Be It: Career Support for Girls—ensure women and girls have access to the education and training they need to reach their full potential and live their dreams. Soroptimist is committed to investing in programs that have a sustainable, measurable change for women and girls.
Soroptimist also sponsors LiveYourDream.org, an online community empowering offline volunteer action. The self-motivated network is made up of people who wish to support women and girls in their quest to lead better lives, while gaining inspiration in their own lives. Members of the free online community work on topics such as women’s economic empowerment, ending violence against women, human trafficking, and more.