Lorelei VerLee
Executive Director, Founder

 

"Every person on earth is gifted with at least one asset that can transform their world."
Lorelei VerLee

A lifelong artist and innovative entrepreneur, Lorelei VerLee was inspired to start Creative Women of the World four years after being invited to assist in an artisan-based startup in Haiti named HAPI (Haitian Artisans for Peace International).

For the initial month of formulation she lived in their primitive rural community and observed their desires and assets. When she returned to the States she continued to volunteer as product designer and Marketing Director and made frequent trips back to Haiti. 

When other artisans from around the world heard about HAPI they began asking for similar help in distributing their unique products, Lorelei knew it was the right time to expand the outreach. 

Most women were very talented in handcrafting but had limited access to business training and broader distribution beyond their meager markets. They wanted to learn how to sustainably support their families. Lorelei's passion is to respectfully walk alongside them as they give birth to small businesses that are ethical and profitable. Lorelei knew from experience that authenticity, focused work and transparency leads to wholeness, spiritually and professionally.  And that leads to peace!

Lorelei has a passion for and has collected indigenous textiles from her travels around the world.   So during the product development stage she always tries to honor the artisan’s ancient cultures and traditions while guiding the eye of the producer to design products that appeal to buyers in a contemporary marketplace.

"It has been pure joy to move with the wind of the Spirit and to discover fresh energy every single morning!"

For more information regarding CWOW public affairs and artisan training, please contact Lorelei at: Lorelei@goCWOW.org

Catalyst Women shares stories of women who make a difference.  Check out their online article.  
Lorelei quote from Catalyst Women article. 


Lana Dauterman
Chief Financial Officer

Lana@goCWOW.org 

 

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Vanessa Sheckler
Assistant Manager

Vanessa, a Fort Wayne native, has always been willing to try any new adventure and give it her all with a positive 'Never Give Up' attitude! After working with women in recovery from drugs and alcohol by teaching them how to make handmade jewelry, she joins us here at CWOW ready to make a difference in the lives of impoverished women around the world!

Vanessa is a mother to three beautiful children with her high school sweetheart. She's recently completed her Associates Degree in Humanities, a long goal finally accomplished.

For more information regarding the store and events here at CWOW, please contact Vanessa at: Vanessa@goCWOW.org


Dawn Haney Website/Offsite show set-up/Graphic Design .... wherever I'm needed! Dawn@goCWOW.org

Dawn Haney
Website/Offsite show set-up/Graphic Design
.... wherever I'm needed!

Dawn@goCWOW.org

Meggan Jackson   Story Teller Meggan@goCWOW.org

Meggan Jackson  
Story Teller

Meggan@goCWOW.org

 

 

BOARD MEMBERS

Faith Van Gilder, President As a former Peace Corps Volunteer in Botswana, I saw firsthand how important women’s work is to supporting their families. I applaud CWoW for their on-the-ground efforts in teaching women how best to make and market their products, thereby creating a positive ripple effect for future generations.

Faith Van Gilder, President

As a former Peace Corps Volunteer in Botswana, I saw firsthand how important women’s work is to supporting their families. I applaud CWoW for their on-the-ground efforts in teaching women how best to make and market their products, thereby creating a positive ripple effect for future generations.

Jason Daenens, Treasurer

Jason Daenens, Treasurer

Lynne Gilmore, Secretary

Lynne Gilmore, Secretary

Sadia Ahmad

Sadia Ahmad

 
 
Jane George Growing up with a widowed Mother gave me insight to the difficulty a single Mom has in caring for her family.  CWOW has inspired me to become involved in learning more about women in other cultures who struggle even more because of where they live. Being a Mom has been my favorite job and if I can help other Moms in anyway than I have accomplished much. I am active on Twitter which gives me the ability to find an unlimited amount of information to read on advocacy. I once owned a B&B on 5 acres where I practiced sustainable gardening and homeschooled my three children. My other interests are baking bread, journaling, taking long walks with my husband and playing with my 6 grandchildren.

Jane George

Growing up with a widowed Mother gave me insight to the difficulty a single Mom has in caring for her family.  CWOW has inspired me to become involved in learning more about women in other cultures who struggle even more because of where they live. Being a Mom has been my favorite job and if I can help other Moms in anyway than I have accomplished much. I am active on Twitter which gives me the ability to find an unlimited amount of information to read on advocacy. I once owned a B&B on 5 acres where I practiced sustainable gardening and homeschooled my three children. My other interests are baking bread, journaling, taking long walks with my husband and playing with my 6 grandchildren.

Maggie Lambert

Maggie Lambert

Margie Dougherty

Margie Dougherty

Marcia Futter Several years ago I saw a documentary about Eastern European women who ended up enslaved as prostitutes.  They had applied for what they were led to believe was legitimate employment.  I really felt a desire to help women who were being trafficked.  Once I learned about the mission of CWOW, I knew this was an organization where I wanted to invest my time and experience.  

Marcia Futter

Several years ago I saw a documentary about Eastern European women who ended up enslaved as prostitutes.  They had applied for what they were led to believe was legitimate employment.  I really felt a desire to help women who were being trafficked.  Once I learned about the mission of CWOW, I knew this was an organization where I wanted to invest my time and experience.

 

 
Kara Hackett

Kara Hackett

Lynn Blanchard

Lynn Blanchard

Devon Aragona

Devon Aragona

Marialyn Bazile

Marialyn Bazile

Erika Mann

Erika Mann

Dawn De Santo, Ex-officio I am both honored and humbled to serve on CWOW's board. Lorelei's vision of empowering women wherever and whoever they are is inspiring. CWOW's faith, beliefs and ideals are so parallel to my own, plus the love of any art form....a perfect fit! Anyone who knows me is going to hear a lot about what CWOW is doing. Be prepared! Dawn owns Hand Jive, a creative women's fashion line sold nationally.

Dawn De Santo, Ex-officio

I am both honored and humbled to serve on CWOW's board. Lorelei's vision of empowering women wherever and whoever they are is inspiring. CWOW's
faith, beliefs and ideals are so parallel to my own, plus the love of any art form....a perfect fit! Anyone who knows me is going to hear a lot about what CWOW is doing. Be prepared!

Dawn owns Hand Jive, a creative women's fashion line sold nationally.