Our mission is to uplift, empower, and inspire women to develop self-advocacy skills in order to become leaders through personal and professional growth by providing access to leadership development and educational opportunities.

Our Why


I lost my son the first day I was sent to prison. It broke my heart and my spirit was darkened. And then 8 months later, I lost my mother. I couldn't fathom how I would survive another day.


It was through the heartache and pain that I found my purpose. I didn't want any other mother or daughter to feel as helpless as I had because of incarceration. That's when I knew Women In Leadership was needed.

Stacy Burleson,

Executive Director

I was 17 years old when I first hit the prison compound; I was scared out of my mind. It took me years to learn that life is whatever you make it and if you want something, you have to work for it. 

I wanted a life in which I helped as many young women as I could to avoid the pain and loss that comes with incarceration. Women In Leadership is a part of my legacy and I am a part of it.


Carissa McGee,

Program Manager


I use my personal experience with incarceration, probation and parole, addiction, and separation of my child to help others make positive changes in their own lives. As a Certified Peer Support Specialist, I devote my time and energy to supporting others who are struggling with similar strongholds and barriers because if I can overcome them, so can others.

"A true queen will rebuild her empire with the same stones that were once thrown at her."

Queva Hubbard,
Program Coordinator

I received my Master's in Social Work Admin. from Wayne State University in Detroit, MI in 1988, and I use my education to support marginalized populations. 

I was the ED of the Rape Crisis Center for CNM and for the Esperanza Shelter for Battered Families, Inc. before working with Crossroads for Women as the CEO.

Today, I continue to give back to women impacted by the CJS because addressing and helping to improve issues of disparity is a personal goal I have had most of my life.


KC Quirk,

Subject Matter Expert

What We Do

GED and ACT Tutoring with a retired teacher and community member, Miss Ian

She works with women 15+ that need help with GED/ACT test preparation, sign-up procedures, and materials.

One-on-One Mentorship and Connection

W.I.L. values personal interactions and developing relationships with our community members so we have opportunities to engage one-on-one with participants via ZOOM

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Bi-weekly Sister Circle teleECHO Session

We meet every 1st and 3rd Monday from 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM (MDT) via Zoom. This allows us to be inclusive and further our reach. This is a safe space for women to share, learn, and connect with other influential women. Register today!