2020 Proposal: Women’s Power League

Name of Nonprofit Organization: Women’s Power League of Alaska

Your name (AWGC member): Heather Harris

Short Description of Organization’s Mission (50 words):

The Women’s Power League of Alaska is a network of professionals dedicated to strengthening our state’s economy through the empowerment of women. We seek to champion future and existing leaders in the 49th state through mentorship, professional development and community building.

The Big Why – what efforts are the organization making to change their community (300 words):

As an organization, Women’s Power League celebrates the incredible crop of women who have been agents of change and elevated the bar for our emerging leaders. They draw on the expertise of those within and outside of the state of Alaska, facilitating thoughtful dialogue about the victories and challenges of women in the 21st Century. WPLAK provides safe spaces for women to communicate, both online and at our one-of-a-kind events. The programs have been designed with the goal of promoting volunteerism, philanthropy, civic engagement and leadership.

WPLAK proudly raises awareness on current events impacting women, while providing resources and solid professional networks. The largest program, “The 20-Something Mentorship Project”, connects mentees with home-grown success stories (mentors) for the purpose of bolstering their professional networks and assisting them in achieving their professional goals. They believe many of the social issues women face in this state (and moreover, the nation) can be solved when the gender pay gap is closed and women are financially empowered.


Short Bio of the organization’s leadership (board/staff, if applicable):

Kimberly was born in Fairbanks and raised in Anchorage. She began a career in broadcasting here in Alaska before moving to New York City to work for NBC Digital, MTV Networks, and IHeartMedia. Through her work in public affairs, Kim has partnered with some of the best-known nonprofits in the country including Sing For Hope, God’s Love We Deliver, AIDS Walk NYC, New York Public Library, Fresh Air Fund, YWCA, and more. Kim returned to Alaska with her family in 2018 to launch Women’s Power League of Alaska and immerse herself in the nonprofit sector. She is happily married with one daughter she calls a “beautiful person and a skillful negotiator.” Kimberly received her B.A. in Mass Media from New York University where she was awarded the Stenbeck Scholarship and was the recipient of the Founders Day Award for academic achievement. She also holds an A.L.M. in Journalism from Harvard University.

Funding Request:


These funds would assist greatly in two areas:

  • Website development (current splash page at WPLAK.com)
  • Multi-media packages of our 2019 mentors / mentees to properly document the success of our programs.


Organization contact person, phone number and email address:

Kimberly Waller, Founder, CEO, 907-290-0945, kwaller@wplak.com