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.

Keynote Speakers

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

Anne Litwin

Anne Litwin

Anne has been a consultant and trainer in a variety of organizations throughout the world. Previously a trilingual translator for the United Nations and CEO of a family business, she now specializes in helping organizations leverage diversity for business success.

Renee Verbanic

Renée Verbanic

Renée is a master teacher and educational consultant providing workshops and trainings to nonprofits, school systems, faith communities, businesses, and agencies on a variety of topics. She studied social work, is also a former classroom educator, and is a certified prevention specialist.

Jane Praeger

Jane Praeger

Jane is an executive coach and founding faculty member of Columbia University’s masters program in strategic communications. She began her career as a documentary film producer and has since made it her mission to bring drama and great storytelling into the world of communications.

Lydotta Taylor

Lydotta Taylor

Lydotta is the president and founder of The EdVenture Group, a nonprofit 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.