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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. 

Lisa DeFrank-Cole

Lisa DeFrank Cole

Faculty Member, Leadership Studies
Jena Martin

Jena Martin

Faculty Member, College of Law

Melissa Latimer

Melissa Latimer


Increasing the Participation and Advancement of Women in Academic Science and Engineering.

Jill Geisler

Jill Geisler

Journalist and Author

"The WLI has enabled me to develop a strong and large network of women who not only encourage me, but also support me." "WLI is one of the best things in my 25 years here at WVU."