Dora D. Robinson Women's Leadership Council

The Dora D.Robinson Women’s Leadership Council works to advance the health, education, and financial wellness of women and girls throughout the Pioneer Valley.


Established to honor the spirit and legacy of Dora D. Robinson, United Way of Pioneer Valley’s first woman and first and only Black woman to be President and CEO, the DDRWLC continues the mission and visionary work that Dora began by uplifting, nurturing, and fostering the hearts and minds of those most marginalized in our communities.

Our work was started in the spirit, vision, and passion of Dora D. Robinson. It will continue through women leaders who have been both personally impacted and indirectly motivated by her legacy. This work is not what we do but who we are. We aim to hold safe and welcoming spaces where women can see themselves in each other, where they collectively advance the needs of the community through advocacy and outreach, just as Dora intended.

Yearly membership starting at $150. Become a member today!


Our Signature Programs and Events

  • Youth Leadership Council - Support in leadership development, college-to-career connections, and self-esteem/identity development
  • Power of the Purse - a yearly event to collect gently used and new purses and fill them with toiletries, necessities, inspirations, and little surprises.  Filled purses are distributed to women in re-entry programs, shelters, and other social service programs throughout our geographic footprint.
  • Kick-off Event - a annual themed garden party event for networking and celebration
  • Networking Gatherings - a series of mix-and-mingle events throughout the Valley

For more information about the Dora D. Robinson Women’s Leadership Council, please contact Tracy Trial at (413) 693-0222 or

Click here to see photos from the DDRWLC Launch Event!

This event was supported by a grant from the Springfield Cultural Council (SCC) and the Mass Cultural Council (MCC)