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Women Staff Leadership Development Institute

Women Staff Leadership Development Institute

About the Institute

The Women Staff Leadership Development Insititute (WSLDI) is a year-long program offering women professional staff an opportunity to enhance and energize leadership and career development skills through education, coaching, and the building of professional networks.

The purpose of WSLDI is to provide a university-based resource and support system for women professional staff seeking to further their professional skills, including better communication, more collaboration, and the development of trust across university units, helping to create a synergy that promotes the university’s best practices. The institute is designed to complement the supervisory development offerings provided by Human Resources and is intended to serve the needs of women in a supportive environment. The enrollment is limited to 12 participants per year. Seventy-nine women have graduated from this program, and have gone on to achieve leadership and professional goals, while using the skills and knowledge gleaned from this class.

Research has shown that women face particular challenges in the work environment. WSLDI is designed to address women’s issues and challenges within the context of the overall leadership curriculum. While much of the content can and does apply to men as well, we know from similar programs that those designed specifically for women that focus on the circumstances of women’s work lives within the overall context of work life are more beneficial. 

WSLDI Program Board

Rachel Begley, Director, Professional Development Center

Deborah Bibb, Senior Director of Admissions, Weatherhead School of Management

Denise Douglas, Associate Dean, Executive Education, Weatherhead School of Management

Deborah Fatica, Assistant Dean, Student Programs, Case School of Engineering

Susan Freimark, Associate Director, Women Faculty Leadership Development Institute

Thomas Matthews, Executive Director, Career Center

Shirley Mosley, Assistant Dean of Students, Office of Student Affairs

Kathleen O’Linn, Human Resources & Facilities Manager, FBP School of Nursing

Kimberly Volarcik, Executive Director, Research Compliance

Tracy Wilson-Holden, Director of Research Integrity and Education, Office of Research and  Technology Management