Women's ALI is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Our three-point mission is at the heart of all we do: educate, empower, and engage everyone who comes into contact with our organization.


With education initiatives reaching into the public school system and universities nationwide, our Summer Leadership Intensive is the current focal point of our efforts to educate the next generation.


Whether as a dedicated volunteer, a donor supporting future leaders of the arts, or a program participant, we believe you cannot be a part of our vision without being uplifted. Our passion is fueled both by our experience and our connection as sisters.  Learn more about our founders below.


We host educational events that empower female artists to become community leaders by equipping them with both leadership skills and business acumen. Every Women's ALI event is driven by our three main goals: educate, empower, and engage. Current projects include the Women's ALI Summer Leadership Intensive, informational & educational sessions in public schools and universities around our home base, Salt Lake City, UT, and a Mentor Alliance which promotes professional engagement between generations of working women.



With the belief that education plays an important first step to lasting change, every year, Women's ALI hosts a Summer Leadership Intensive for young women from all fields of the fine arts, ages 18-24. Our participants gain both business acumen and leadership skills through a series of keynote speakers, networking and team building activities, workshops, and round table discussions. Curriculum will include topics such as grant writing, effective leadership styles, communication skills, Microsoft Office proficiency, and dealing with harassment in the workplace.


We aim to empower our artists with the business and leadership skills they will need no matter what path their future takes and far beyond their participation in our programs. The Mentor Alliance program pairs our young women with a relevant professional for the course of the Intensive, offering the chance for valuable insight and perspective while forming professional networking relationships. Mentors will be available to alumni on a quarterly basis following their participation in the Summer Leadership Intensive, continuing to serve as a resource to our alumni.  Networking events and training will be held for our Mentor Alliance as well, ensuring an empowering experience for all involved!


At Women's ALI, we are dedicated to community involvement at every level. Our alumni scholarship and grant program allows our Summer Leadership Intensive participants to give back to the arts industry and their own communities. Engaging in community partnerships and dialogue for change is part of who we are, and we recognize it's people like you whose passions and hard work make a lasting difference.  Join with us as we cultivate relationships with businesses and individuals within our community...engage for change!


Our team currently consists of 100% volunteers, who are connected in mission and through something more unique - sisterhood. At the heart of Women's ALI are sisters in the arts; a conductor, pianists, vocalists, a photographer, and a dancer. Women in the arts should be prepared leaders in their communities and we leverage our cumulative experience to make that possible.


We welcome all with similar beliefs to join in our mission.

Stephanie Rhodes Russell

Founder and Executive Director


Karlie Ady

Director of Development

Ashlee Berry

Director of Communications & Marketing


Erin Farnsworth

Director of Education & Community Outreach

Lindsey Newman

Student Services Manager

Ashlynn Rhodes

Social Media Coordinator

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