TIFFIN – Heidelberg University’s new Women’s Leadership Initiative, piloted last academic year, will take full flight with the upcoming academic year.
The Women’s Leadership Initiative – designed by and for Heidelberg students with opportunities for community involvement – helps participants develop and hone leadership skills. The program will offer a full slate of monthly leadership programs beginning in September. Workshops will feature topics such as time management and how to run a meeting. The Early Success Series will build upon existing programming in The Patricia Adams Lecture Series by bring notable women speakers to campus. Networking events will occur throughout the year and outreach efforts will challenge members to practice their leadership skills by mentoring others.
Three directors have been appointed to oversee the initiative. April Beisaw, assistant professor of anthropology; Julie O’Reilly, assistant professor of communication and women's and gender studies and Department of Communication chairperson; and Julia Hada, social media coordinator, will serve in that capacity for the next three years.
Three levels of participation will be available to all Heidelberg students:
- Women’s Leadership Initiative events will be open to the campus and the Tiffin community. Membership is not required.
- Students who would like a formal means of developing and documenting their leadership skills can apply to the WLI Certification Program that requires completion of a course, attendance at WLI events and completion of two leadership projects.
- Students who would like additional opportunities can apply to be part of the Core Leadership Team. The students who are also enrolled in the Certificate Program work with the directors to organize and conduct programs.
The program is unique because it was designed by some of Heidelberg’s most promising students, all of whom have displayed leadership qualities and a desire to develop their leadership skills while helping others.
Details about Women’s Leadership Initiative programs will be forthcoming in the weeks and months ahead.