I had a dream one night – a visionary dream – I saw a lace tablecloth with women all around the table writing … writing without fear, in a nurturing environment.” With poise and clarity, Mary Pierce Brosmer, founder of Women Writing for (a) Change (WWf(a)C), recalls that day in 1991 that changed her life. “It was a fork in the road. I could go after the dream or continue on the course I was on and apply for my doctorate. I went to my desk that day and wrote the first brochure for Women Writing for (a) Change.”

That dream clarified into a vision which still remains: “To bring the feminine more fully into expression by supporting the voices and stories of girls and women of all races, classes and nations.”

Brosmer, an award-winning teacher and published poet, solidified this vision into a two-part organization which is both a business (LLC) founded in 1991, and a non-profit (501c3) founded in 2000. In this type of organizational model, Brosmer’s school remains under the tutelage of her independent, unique vision while the non-profit allows for shared ownership with the community through outreach programs and partnerships.

WWf(a)C, the school, had its humble beginnings in a small rental space. Now with a million dollar capitol campaign, WWf(a)C resides in a fully-renovated, wheelchair accessible, 8,000-square-foot building which houses writing courses, a leadership academy and a consulting firm.

Brosmer says of her writing courses: “Listening to their own voices and the voices of others in the circle help them to redefine power as also feminine, not just masculine.” Brosmer’s Feminist Leadership Academy has graduated women who have started their own WWf(a)C schools. These graduates have used Brosmer’s “intellectual property” to launch successful businesses in Vermont, Indiana and Colorado.

The consulting component of WWf(a)C creates a foundation for positive corporate communications; “When consulted, we craft a product that creates trust, we work with them and when we are finished we leave them with a product to use for future company communications.” Brosmer feels this consulting can create the oft-eluded harmony businesses crave. The key to this success stems from helping individuals to define themselves by the “person not the persona” that their roles imply.

Mary Pierce Brosmer’s non-profit side of the foundation exemplifies her vision to “support the voices of women of all races and classes.” Partnering with the YWCA Battered Women’s Shelter, Lighthouse Youth Services and Talbot House amongst others, this foundation uses the WWf(a)C structure to help women find their voice.

Brosmer has been recognized by Miami University’s Ohio Write Project as Master Teacher, by Cincinnati Magazine as having the “Best Support Group of the City” and as “Leading Woman in the Arts” by Leading Women in Cincinnati.

“Dreams do come true, but you have to be responsible to them,” Brosmer reflects. “It takes a lot of very hard work and constant tending.” Brosmer stays responsible to her dream by continuing to teach, nurture and mentor women by “Lifting up the feminine in all faces.”