About the Women's Leadership Institute
The Women’s Leadership Institute, founded in 1997, is designed for women staff and faculty who aspire to develop and hone outstanding leadership skills. The institute features a research-based curriculum and pedagogy focused on developing inclusive, participatory, strategic, articulate, reflective leaders – in sum, to “accelerate women leaders who make a difference in the world.” After the kick-off retreat, 25 participants meet monthly for ten sessions to learn from award-winning speakers/researchers/leaders -- and each other. In the final session, participants present the personal leadership projects they have designed and engaged in throughout the year. Feedback about WLI has been wildly enthusiastic. Many participants tell us they use the information often, and that they continue to gain from the connections they made long after the institute is over.
The Women’s Leadership Institute (WLI) offers participants a year-long opportunity to:
- articulate the kind of leader they are;
- learn about effective, equitable and participatory leadership;
- define their own leadership vision and values;
- explore and demonstrate their sense of leadership self-efficacy;
- complete an individual leadership development project; and
- expand their personal and organizational impact.
Participants are selected from all levels throughout the University, to create a unique learning community which encourages self-reflection, peer-coaching and networking. Following the September 11, 2020 full-day retreat, the cohort comes together for nine monthly sessions (1st Thursdays, October – June, 9 a.m. to 12 noon).
The registration fee is $250 for U of M employees, which helps cover the cost of some of the program materials. (Note: the registration fee may be adjusted if the program is delivered in a virtual or hybrid model.) A limited number of scholarships are available through the Women's Center upon request.