A message from our Executive Director Ann Madsen


ann-madsen-gf-photoThe Centre for Women has been empowering women, changing lives and strengthening the Tampa Bay Community for nearly 40 years. Our mission is as relevant today as when our doors first opened in 1978. As women in our community continue to embrace new opportunities and cope with increasingly complex personal challenges, I believe there has never been a better time to be a center for women.

It is an exciting, vibrant, welcoming environment where women find programs that encourage, educate and empower them to achieve lead more fulfilling lives and experience economic growth and personal development. Thanks to the foresight and fortitude of our founder, the incomparable Helen Gordon Davis, The Centre for Women has served more than 65,000 people in our community through the years.

When the doors initially opened as the Women’s Survival Centre, our mission was to help women who were divorced, separated or widowed. In the seventies, those women were known as “Displaced Homemakers” – women who lacked the skills and resources necessary to lead financially independent lives. Today, our mission is much broader and remains focused on meeting the needs of women in our Tampa Bay region. We know that when you help a woman to succeed, the impacts are far reaching.

We continue to be all about life’s transitions whether that means seeking a career change, starting a new business, mastering a new skill, coping with difficult relationships, grieving the loss of a loved one, dealing with divorce or domestic violence, or simply seeking opportunities for personal growth, The Centre for Women’s mission is to help women succeed both personally and professionally.

We provide programs on career transition and job skills training, women’s leadership and networking opportunities, entrepreneurial readiness and development programs, as well as individual, couples and family counseling by licensed, Master’s level clinicians. If life’s challenges include substance abuse, we offer outpatient programs onsite through a partnership with Phoenix House of Florida. The Centre for Women also has a wonderful Centre for Girls, ages 5 through 14, and an increasing number of programs to help senior citizens.

The Centre for Women is a 501(c)3 non-profit and nonpartisan organization. Support from the community makes our work possible. I hope you will consider becoming a member of The Centre for Women and taking advantage of all we have to offer. I encourage you to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @centreforwomen too to stay connected and current on all the exciting developments happening here. Thanks for visiting our website!