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Dear friends of CIWO,

As we move into the end of the year we want to take a moment to reflect on 2022 and acknowledge how grateful we are to our partners, participants, and funders. In this incredibly resilient moment, we are aware of the importance of our work more than ever as leaders and organizations turn to CIWO. This year we have been supporting leaders to shift their organizational culture, strengthen their leadership, strategize around pressing issues, and connect with collaborators across sectors. This work does not stop with the 180+ influential leaders and 70+ economic, racial, gender & climate justice organizations that CIWO is in deep relationship with: it reverberates out into our entire movement as these leaders represent millions.

2022 Leader Spotlight

From left to right: Marilyn Sneiderman, Stacy Davis Gates, and Sheri Davis smile at the camera with arms wrapped around eachother.

Stacy Davis Gates

Member of: WILL Empower Executive Cohort & Bargaining for the Common Good Executive Committee

Elected: President of Chicago Teachers Union

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April Sims & Cherika Carter

Members of: WILL Empower Executive Cohort & Awardee

Elected: President & Secretary Treasurer of Washington State Labor Council

In our ninth year as a center, here is what we are celebrating:

  • Nonprofit Quarterly collaborated with CIWO on an eight article series and webinar highlighting the work of Bargaining for the Common Good

  • 40+ worker organizations in CIWO's Build the Bench engaged in topics ranging from 'The Great Reset' exploring how to have racial & economic justice reflected in organizational policies to 'Unionization in Social Justice Organizations'

  • WILL Empower Emerging Leaders Cohort program is now supporting 25+ economic justice leaders

  • Womxn labor leaders from 20+ countries mapped their leadership journey and deepened storytelling strategies

  • The Amazon Policing Project is continuing to examine the use of policing and surveillance of Black workers in Amazon facilities

  • Women Taking the Lead; Race, Gender, and Labor, a joint Spelman & Rutgers course for Advancing Black Strategists Initiative (ABSI) was co-created and taught by Associate Director Sheri Davis

  • 15+ Essential Workers are being trained on mobilizing and negotiation skills through the Always Essential Fellowship

  • Executive Director Marilyn Sneiderman was awarded ROC United’s Movement Building Award & promoted to Distinguished Professor of Professional Practice.

We could not do this work without you! Thank you for your ongoing interest and support.


Happy New Year, 


Marilyn, Sheri, Legna, and the CIWO team

“Thanks to CIWO, my peers and I began an energizing and much needed dialogue of how we can begin to share what we know and are learning...This is how we will win, together.”

Lauren Jacobs, ED

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