2023 Women's Leadership Initiative
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A Virtual Conversation with Xochitl Gonzalez and Lan Samantha Chang
On March 4, 2022, Xochitl Gonzalez, University of Iowa Writers' Workshop alumni and author of Olga Dies Dreaming, and Lan Samantha Chang, Director of the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop and author of The Family Chao connected to talk about women’s leadership as a part of the University of Iowa’s Women’s Leadership Initiative.
The Women’s Leadership Initiative is an annual collaborative event hosted by the University of Iowa Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, the Iowa Women’s Leadership Network, the Women’s Resource and Action Center (WRAC) at the University of Iowa, and the Council on the Status of Women of the University of Iowa.
We recognize the need for more women leaders at all levels of higher education across the state of Iowa. Thus, the Women’s Leadership Initiative was developed by women for women. The focus of this initiative is to create a community of support for the empowerment of women leaders. Presentations and conversations are led by esteemed and engaged women leaders in Iowa. Women working in or with colleges or universities have the opportunity to learn from each other in a supportive community about topics of impact for women in leadership.
Presented by: Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Council on the Status of Women, Women's Resource and Action Center, and the UI Center for Advancement
Lan Samantha Chang
Director of the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop and author of The Family Chao
2021: Dr. Michele Williams
"Owning Your Leadership"
Dr. Michele Williams, assistant professor of management and entrepreneurship, is the John L. Miclot Fellow in Entrepreneurship and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Faculty Fellow at University of Iowa’s Tippie College of Business. She is on the board of WE Cornell, a program dedicated to expanding women’s entrepreneurship. Previously, she was a member of the faculty at Cornell University and MIT’s Sloan School of Management, where she taught negotiation and women in leadership.
2020: Tanya Uden-Holman
"What Does It Mean to Be a Leader: Having the Courage to Be True to Yourself"
The Spring 2020 Women's Leadership Initiative event was led by Dr. Tanya Uden-Holman, "What Does It Mean to Be a Leader: Having the Courage to Be True to Yourself."
2019: Dr. Denise Martinez
"Crushing Imposter Syndrome"
The Spring 2019 Women’s Leadership event was led by Dr. Denise Martinez, “Crushing Imposter Syndrome.”
2018: Sarah Fisher Gardial
"Plans and Passions: How to Navigate Your Career"
Sarah Fisher Gardial, Dean, Henry B. Tippie College of Business at the University of Iowa presented "Plans and Passions: How to Navigate Your Career."
2017: Adrien Wing
Adrien Wing, Associate Dean, International and Comparative Law Programs, a Bessie Dutton Murray Professor at the University of Iowa College of Law presented on "Intersectional Feminism."
2016: Lynette Marshall
Lynette Marshall, University of Iowa Foundation President and CEO presented "Practicing Leadership" for our Fall 2015 kick-off.
2015: Dr. Christine Grant
"The Need for Women in Decision Making Positions
Christine Grant, University of Iowa Women's Athletic Director Emeritus presented "The Need for Women in Decision Making Positions" at the 2015 Iowa Network for Women in Higher Education (IOWAWHE) Leadership Conference as part of the Women's Leadership Initiative.
2014: Dr. Sally Mason
"Unexpected Paths: Women and Leadership"
Our inaugural Women’s Leadership event was led by the University of Iowa’s 20th President, Sally Mason, “Unexpected Paths: Women and Leadership.”