Women's Leadership Initiative


Empowering women at West Virginia University

Welcome to WLI

The WVU Women’s Leadership Initiative (WLI) empowers and engages women on campus, helping them achieve their full professional potential and form a community within which the participants can initiate valuable new relationships.

Spring 2014 Keynote Speakers

We are proud to have these wonderful women share their time with us this semester.

Lydotta Taylor

Lydotta Taylor

Lydotta is the president and founder of The EdVenture Group, a national non-profit organization providing consulting and training services to the education and business market. Lydotta’s first book, Transforming Learning through 21st Century Skills, focuses on change management for schools.

M.J. Tocci

M.J. Tocci

M.J. Tocci is the Director and Co-founder of the Heinz Negotiation Academy at Carnegie Mellon University where she teaches negotiations. MJ is the winner of the 2011 ATHENA women’s leadership award and President of Fulcrum Advisors.

Sara Laschever

Sara Laschever

Sara Laschever is a founding faculty member of the Heinz Negotiation Academy for Women. She earned her bachelor’s degree summa cum laude from Princeton University and a master’s degree from Boston University.

Kerri Ann Rockquemore

Kerri Ann Rockquemore

Kerry Ann Rockquemore, PhD is President and CEO of the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity. Dr. Rockquemore provides workshops for faculty at colleges across the U.S., writes an advice column for Inside Higher Ed, and works with a select group of faculty each semester in the Faculty Success Program.