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Empowering Women to “Live Your Dream”

By Pat Lynch

Join Pat Lynch, WomensRadio Editor-In-Chief and Host of “Speak Up!” as we meet with the Executive Director of Soroptimist International of the Americas, Leigh Wintz. Leigh shares with us what it takes to become empowered and to begin living your dreams through Soroptimist’s campaign entitled “Live Your Dream.”


More about Soroptimist International of the Americas

Founded in 1921, Soroptimist International of the Americas is an international organization for business and professional women who provide volunteer service to their communities. Almost 40,000 Soroptimists in about 20 countries and territories contribute time and financial support to community–based and international projects benefiting women and girls. The name, Soroptimist, means “best for women,” and that’s what the organization strives to achieve. Soroptimists are women at their best working to help other women to be their best.

More about Leigh Wintz

Leigh Wintz has served as executive director for Soroptimist International of the Americas since 1991. She is responsible for the overall operation and services provided by Soroptimist. Hired to implement a new organizational strategic plan, Wintz assisted in the total restructuring of Soroptimist International of the Americas’ governance system.


Her expertise includes international structure and governance issues, program development, development and international meetings. She has traveled the globe sharing ideas on how women can help other women; discussing issues such as domestic violence and pay inequity; and speaking about Soroptimist’s Women’s Opportunity Awards. As a member of the Soroptimist International of Center City, Philadelphia, club, she also participates in local projects that improve the lives of women and girls.

Prior to joining Soroptimist, Wintz served as president of Health Management Resources, Inc., in Falls Church, Virginia. Her background also includes serving as executive director of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs in Washington, D.C., and as administrative director of patient services for Prince George’s Hospital in Cheverly, Maryland. Wintz received a bachelor’s degree in nursing and a master’s degree in administration from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia.

In 1992, Wintz earned designation as a Certified Association Executive (CAE) from the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE). ASAE later honored her as a member of the 1997 of Fellows, one of the highest honors bestowed upon association executives.

Wintz serves as chairman of the board of the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA). She also volunteers for several service organizations, such as the Easter Seal Society, the General Federation of Women’s Clubs and Operation Smile.

Wintz has published work in journals including Non-Profit World, Governance & Management of the Non-Profit Organization, Journal of Nursing Administration, Wingspread Journal and The Nursing Spectrum. She has received honorary mentions in 2000 Notable American Women, Outstanding Young Women in America and Who’s Who in Professional Nursing.

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One Response to “Empowering Women to “Live Your Dream””

  1. Inga Harden Says:
    August 20th, 2014 at 9:10 am

    Hello, I am a woman in business. I own 2 full service salons, I am a mother of 3 and a devoted wife. My question for you is: I would love to have my own beauty show and I have been filming because I believe in my dream. I have been turned down by several major stations without even viewing my clips. What would you recommend for me to do, if you don’t mind me asking. My show of course is all about BEAUTY!!! Thanks for you time.