Women’s Initiative for Self Empowerment (WISE)

Our mission is to empower immigrant and refugee women and girls to succeed through advocacy and culturally competent services.

We are a multicultural 501(c)3 nonprofit organization serving African, Asian, and Latino immigrant and refugee women and girls from all countries, cultures, and socio-economic backgrounds.  WISE started in 1995 to provide opportunities for women and girls in the immigrant communities to achieve their full potential and to increase their skills towards economic success.

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CNN Money Magazine features WISE’s Executive Director

Dr. Holder is a CNN Money Hero

Dr. Holder is a CNN Money Hero

Dr. Holder, WISE’s Executive Director is featured in CNN MONEY magazine as Money Hero that helps newcomers to the country regain their professional standing and learn crucial lessons about personal finance. Read all about it here!


GGAL Rocked the Capitol on Presidents Day!



Girls Rock the Capital 2014

Check out the footage from KSTP Channel 5 Eyewitness News!


With workshops, a mock election, and a mock committee hearing girls had a unique interactive experience along side prominent women in local government. Every year this event is sponsored by the MN Women’s Consortium and girls from our GGAL program love to participate!

Here are a few paraphrased reactions from this event :

My mom is so proud of me!
Thank you for showing me the real world, I couldn’t have done this with out  you!
After this experience,  I’m going to go after my goals!

“Have the confidence to have an opinion and not apologize for it.” – St. Paul City Council President Kathy Lantry


American Association of University Women (AAUW) Donates Generously to WISE!

AAUW Donation to WISE

AAUW Donation to WISE


American Association of University Women (AAUW) honors WISE with a generous donation! AAUW’s mission is to advance equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research. AAUW’s financial support will provide domestic violence and sex trafficking prevention activities geared at empowering girls and women in our community.


Timberwolves honors WISE at the Target Center !

WISE’s Executive Director was recognized at the Timberwolves vs. Indiana game this February in honor of Black History Month.

We would like to thank the Timberwolves FastBreak Foundation for supporting our work in empowering immigrant and refugee women.



WISE is a proud Certified College Connector and Official SPPS Partner:

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