Our Founder Patricia A. Cole

Patricia A Cole

WIN, a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization, was founded in 1992 by Patricia A. Cole. Ms. Cole realized that women made up 50% of Detroit’s population at that time, and were not adequately represented. She brought together 57 women who shared her vision of celebrating, supporting and nurturing African American women. WIN has been empowering African American women in metropolitan Detroit for 28 years. Its mission is “to promote the growth and development of African American women in metropolitan Detroit.”

Fantastic Women of WIN

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Founder, Patricia A. Cole
President, Bobbie P. Smith
Vice President, Gloria Rhodes
Treasurer, Hazel J. Rivers
Secretary, Felicia M. Safford
Janet Adams
Edna Bell
Malinda Christian
Nirva B. Civilus
Sandra A. Coleman
Sharon McWhorter
Mary Nicholson
Vela White
Angela D. Williams

patricia a cole

Women’s Informal Network (WIN), is a nonprofit organization that has been empowering African American Women in Metropolitan Detroit for over 29 years. Founded in 1992 by Patricia A Cole, WIN's Mission is to promote growth and development of African American Women in Metropolitan Detroit. Ms. Cole Realized that women made up 50% of Detroit's population at that time and were not adequately represented. Ms. Cole brought together 57 women who shared her vision of celebrating, supporting and nurturing African American Women. WIN continues to promote the highest standard of achievement, in Education, Economics, Power, Political, and Networking. Promoting the highest standard of achievement, education, social and economic awareness and sisterhood is the driving force behind WIN's unification. WIN's initiatives are to continue to thrive in these areas.

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Since 1995, WIN has honored the contributions of 500 African American Women representing all areas of professional vocations. WIN supports several programs and initiatives including: Heads-Up, a girl mentoring program Holiday Gift Card Program for families, and provided financial support to several charitable organization Detroit Area on Aging’s Grandparents Raising Grandchildren, St. Patrick’s Senior Center AugMe Foundation which makes prostheses for breast cancer patients, and the North End Youth Improvement Council WIN proudly opened their Women’s Veteran Resource Center to provide information on housing, job training and opportunities to returning female veterans.

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