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About Women's Leadership Alliance

The Women’s Leadership Alliance is an affiliate of the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce—a network of professional women who help support the leadership and professional and economic growth of their peers throughout the Hudson Valley. The WLA collaborates with women’s organizations throughout the region to post events and information of concern to women on their website. Our successful Mentor Program matches eligible applicants with a professional, who serves as a mentor, in an effort to help them achieve their personal and professional goals. Our networking opportunities—attended predominately by women—offer a collegial, friendly environment for developing meaningful business relationships. Our periodic seminars offer educational ways to grow and learn—both personally and professionally.

WLA NONPROFIT OF THE YEAR

Sparrow’s Nest of the Hudson Valley was started two short years ago by Founder and CEO, Krista Jones. The mission of the 501(c) 3 charity is to cook and deliver homemade food to the families of caregivers diagnosed with cancer. To qualify for the program, a caregiver must have children 18 and under living in the household. What started out as an idea to help families relieve stress while fighting cancer, has turned into something even greater. The charity currently feeds over 150 people each week affected by cancer. The grassroots organization will continue reevaluating the needs of families in the community and expand its services as needed. Krista Jones comes from the media world, as a former News Director for Clear Channel radio and morning show co-host on 92.1. Her lifelong dream has always been to make a difference in the lives of others.