Chisholm's Chair Fellowship

This summer, WEPOWER is launching Chisholm's Chair - a pilot seven-month leadership development opportunity for Black and Latinx women in the St. Louis region that are interested in pursuing public leadership. Chisholm's Chair is for women that identify as champions of equity. Women that are unbought, unbossed, bold and unapologetic leaders, remaining connected to and inspired by a transformative vision for their communities, para la gente. It's for women that are ready to work hard and fight systems of oppression in the St. Louis region so that their community's most vulnerable can no longer just survive - but THRIVE. It's for women that  see elected and appointed office as a lever for effecting policy change - a means to an end, not the end in and of itself. Chisholm's Chair is for women that are willing to work across lines of difference, listen deeply to others, and lead with humility and love. Applications for the current cohort of fellows have closed. Nominations and applications will open for the Spring 2021 cohort in October 2020. Email [email protected] if you would like to be contacted when applications open.

Chisholm's Chair logo on gray and white background with yellow banner and photo of Shirley Chisholm

"You don't make progress by standing on the sidelines, whimpering and complaining. You make progress by implementing ideas." - Shirley Chisholm


St. Louis has an unprecedented opportunity to cultivate a new generation of leaders who are accountable to the community, collaborateive, commited to transformational policy and systems change and driven by a vision larger than themselves to usher our region towards a day where all communities prosper and thrive.


  • Your successful completion of WEPOWER's first Chisholm's Chair cohort;
  • Your development of a policy platform + campaign plan;
  • Your individual and collective growth as leaders in the St. Louis region; and
  • Your ability to leverage an expanded network of supporters, cheerleaders, donors, mentors, and sister-friends as you seek elected and appointed office.

You will be expected to dedicate a minimum of 20 hours per month towards Chisholm's Chair. Childcare and meals will be provided during sessions.


"If they don't give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair." - Shirley Chisholm