"The Bella Abzug Leadership Institute (BALI) utilizes the signature leadership skills of the late New York Congresswoman Bella S. Abzug (1920-1998) to mentor and train middle and high school girls and college age women in the development of confidence and the critical skills needed to become effective, dynamic and visionary 21st century leaders as well as active and creative participants in civic, political, corporate and community life."

Liz Abzug, BALI Founder/Executive Director


BALI Video 2018

Bali trainees and interns ... In their own words

Meet Bella

Bella S. Abzug was one of the most influential and recognizable female politicians and leaders of the late 20th century.
Ever open to new approaches, Bella continually devised innovative strategies to further her vision of equality and power for women.
Bella's story >

Meet Tasnuva

My BALI Story

During the summer of 2014, I had my first exposure to the Bella Abzug Leadership Institute as a trainee. Since then, I have returned to be an intern during the summer of 2015 and look forward to doing the same this summer.
Meet Noam >

2016 BALI Awardees 

All of our Awardees at the Bella and Bella Fella Awards with our fearless leader, BALI Founder/Executive Director, Liz Abzug.


BALI training programs are offered throughout the academic school year. Full day intensive programs are offered during academic holidays and summer months.
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As a not for profit organization, BALI welcomes all volunteers who are willing to share their time and expertise.

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BALI offers internship opportunities to upper-level undergraduate students, graduate students and post-graduate young professionals.
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We are proud to have helped students from so many New York City and Tri- State area schools.
Our Partners >


We couldn't continue our mission without the help and support of so many donors and sponsors.
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Mentors & Speakers

Women from corporate, government, not-for-profit sectors, entrepreneurs - we welcome you!
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