Women Staff Leadership Development Institute

About the Institute

The Women Staff Leadership Development Institute (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. 114 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. 

If you are interested in applying to the WSLDI, the application is available here.

WSLDI Program Board

Rachel Begley, Director, Professional Development Center, School of Graduate Studies

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

Deborah Fatica, Assistant Dean, Division of Engineering Leadership and Professional Practice, Case School of Engineering

Susan Freimark, Senior Associate Director, Faculty Leadership Programs, Flora Stone Mather Center for Women

Thomas Matthews, Executive Director, Career Center

Shirley Mosley, Associate Dean of Students and Special Assistant to the Vice President of Student Affairs, Office of Student Affairs

Lisa Palazzo, University Chief Compliance and Privacy Officer

Matthew Smith, Project Director, NOA-AGEP

Kimberly Volarcik, Executive Director, Research Compliance, Office of Research Administration

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