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Tracey Beckley

Assistant Dean for Teaching and Learning

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.

— Eleanor Roosevelt

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Tracey Beckley 
Laura Brady

Laura Brady

Eberly Professor of Outstanding Teaching: Director, Cener for Writing Excellence

Leaders, like writers, benefit from practice, feedback, revision, reflection, and collaboration. The WLI supports leadership as an ongoing process.

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W. Constinia Charbonnette

Director of Strategic Initiatives
School of Public Health
WLI Director

If they don't give you a seat at the table,
bring a folding chair.

—Shirley Chisholm

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Lisa DeFrank Cole

Lisa DeFrank-Cole

Director and Professor, Leadership Studies

It’s hard to be what you can’t see. Women need to see women as leaders. WLI helps to encourage more women leaders, thus promoting their representation on campus to inspire others.

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Ballard Conrad

Director of Strategic Operations Clinical
and Translational Science

WLI has been a strong thread woven through my professional life at WVU. This network of women leaders sharing expertise, knowledge and support with one another and in our professional circles spans disciplines and campuses, creating a tremendous and inspiring ripple effect across the entire WVU community.

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Stephanie Ballard Conrad sitting in front of WVU Robert C. Byrd Health Center signage
Jennifer Davis

Jennifer Knight Davis

Associate Professor, Trauma,
Acute Care Surgery and Surgical Critical Care

Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better. If you are always trying to be normal you will never know how amazing you can be. 

— Maya Angelou

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Executive Assistant to Associate Provost for Faculty Development and Culture and Associate Provost for Academic Personnel 

Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.

— Muhammad Al

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Cathy Jasper
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Assistant Vice President for Graduate Education Health Sciences Center

The Women’s Leadership Initiative provided a warm welcome for me after a cross-country move and a change in career focus. The professional development opportunities and other events opened my eyes to the leadership abilities that I already had and the potential that was there to develop. The icing on the cake is made up of the new collaborations, friends and mentors that I have gained through this program. 

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Jena Martin

Professor of Law

I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. 

—Maya Angelou

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Jena Martin
Melanie Page


Associate Vice President for Creative and Scholarly Activity

Fair does not mean equal.

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Vicki Smith

ITS Executive Director

WLI is a safe space for sharing frustrations and challenges, for seeking solutions and advice, and for celebrating the little (or big) wins on your leadership journey. It’s a vital support network for those of us in male-dominated fields, providing mentors, role models and friends. WLI also gives me a chance to repay the women who came before me, and to support and encourage those still on the rise.

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Vicki Smith
Allison Swan Dagen working with young student

Allison Swan Dagen

Assistant Provost for Graduate Academic Affairs

Professor, Literacy Education

WLI provides such a unique and remarkable opportunity for members to learn, to grow, and to be empowered in ways that both enrich the individual and also advance the mission of West Virginia University.

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Janelle Sewell

HR Partner, WVU Institute of Technology

Life is not about finding yourself, life is about creating yourself…

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Christina Glance smiling

Christina Glance

Doctoral Candidate, Educational Theory and Practice
College of Education and Human Services
WLI Graduate Assistant

There is power in allowing yourself to be known and heard, in owning your unique story, in using your authentic voice. And, there’s a grace in being willing to know and hear others.

– Michelle Obama

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