WOMEN’S LEADERSHIP INITIATIVE
ENGAGE. EMPOWER. GET INVOLVED
ENGAGE. EMPOWER. GET INVOLVED
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.
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Effective leadership is learned, and the WVU Women’s Leadership Initiative helps level the playing field for women regardless of where they started. We focus on the unique needs of women leaders, providing a customized curriculum and hosting professional development, learning and networking opportunities throughout the year. With robust ranks, bold vision and 10 years of history as a guide, WLI is ready to face the challenges of next decade.
In 2022, WLI welcomed 41 new members, hosted national and local women leaders, and recorded its history and impact with a mini-documentary. While refocusing on its purpose, WLI also became the subject of a peer-reviewed article, authored by WLI members Allison Dagen, Lisa DeFrank-Cole, Christina Glance and Julie Lockman.
As we enter our second decade, WLI will continue to focus on relevant leadership enhancement opportunities to help members reach their full potential. Through executive coaching, leadership workshops, networking, capacity building, mentorship and more, WLI’s work will support WVU’s mission and Move the Needle to advance and sustain women leaders within higher education.
To support this work, WLI has created a new endowment fund to help sponsor professional training and development opportunities for faculty and staff. If you are interested in investing in the future of current leaders and those yet to emerge, consider a one-time gift. Just select WLI Women’s Leadership Initiative Fund on the "What would you like your donation to support?" dropdown list.
Alternatively, benefactors may complete the WVU Faculty and Staff Payroll Deduction form Program at https://www.wvufs.com/form/payroll-deduction. Be sure to enter 2W1560, Women’s Leadership Initiative in the “ Fund/Designation - ID or Description” field.
Events are open to all members of the WLI and will be held via Zoom unless otherwise noted on the calendar. Meeting links and details will be sent to members via email.
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Dr. McGee is a professor in Literature and Language (English, Rhetoric and Writing) and the Dean of Graduate Studies at East Tennessee State University
Ms. Regina Durden, Connected Leadership: The Power of Women Leaders
Ms. Durden is the President of the Executive Women in Texas Government
Dr. Sherri Lind Hughes, Moving the Needle: Advancing Women in Higher Education Leadership
Dr. Hughes is the Assistant Vice President for Strategy and Engagement at the American Council on Education (ACE)
* The WLI will continue to follow the University’s guidelines for in-person gatherings and networking events. An announcement will be sent via email if an event is canceled, rescheduled, or moved to an online format.Learn more about our presenters