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Promote leadership in young women through self-empowerment, connection with others and activism in their communities.

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Eileen Fisher strongly believes in nurturing personal growth through leading by example. Influenced by the EILEEN FISHER Inc. core values of creativity, confidence and connection, EFLI is founded on four principles we call practices. These practices create an environment that supports our passions and inspires our best work. Learn more about EFLI's four core practices below.

We encourage young people to:

  • find and proclaim their voice
  • cultivate personal philosophies of success
  • explore their passions
  • build connections with self, each other and the community
  • engage as agents of change in their world


The Eileen Fisher Leadership Institute began in 2010 with a seven-day summer program based in Irvington, NY, for young women throughout the Rivertowns of Westchester County. Eleven young women joined us in 2010 for the pilot program. They explored what leadership meant for them as students, peers, athletes, musicians, daughters and more. At the end of the program, they knew that seven days hadn't been enough. They wanted more.

Since its pilot in 2010, EFLI has expanded to meet the needs of our communities. Throughout 2017, EFLI will facilitate programming for participants of many backgrounds, including co-ed programing (Leading With Impact), and day-long workshops for people of all ages (Deep Dive Days). Additionally, as EFLI has grown, we’ve broadened our reach to new populations and communities through programming at high schools, community organizations and college campuses (ETC).

EFLI is an initiative of the Eileen Fisher Community Foundation.