Women's Leadership Initiative

Creating a Community of Support for the Empowerment of Women Leaders

Our next event will be:
March 6, 2020
11:30 am – 12 pm Networking Session
12 pm – 1 pm Presentation
Levitt Center for University Advancement

Speaker:
Tanya Uden-Holman, Ph.D.
Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education and Dean of the University College
Clinical Professor, Department of Health Management and Policy
The University of Iowa

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 University of Iowa Womxn of Colour Network, and the Council on the Status of Women of the University of Iowa. We recognize the need for more women leaders at all levels in 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.   

Women’s Leadership Initiative is hosted every year on or before the International Women’s Day. It is a lunch time event (12 pm – 1 pm) with a networking session at the beginning (11:30 am – 12 pm). Participants are encouraged to bring a lunch and attend these intimate and informal yearly events. Light refreshments are provided. All presentations are videotaped and made available on our website with a discussion guide that organizers generate. The video series is shared so that women across our campus and at others can gather in conversation around important topics impacting women’s leadership.

Previous Presentations and Discussion Guides

Our inaugural Women’s Leadership event was led by the University of Iowa’s 20th President, Sally Mason, “Unexpected Paths: Women and Leadership.” You may access a recording of her inspiring talk as well as a discussion guide at: Women's Leadership Initiative Speaker - President Sally Mason.

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. You may access a recording of her inspiring talk as well as a discussion guide at: Women's Leadership Initiative Speaker - Christine Grant.

Lynette Marshall, University of Iowa Foundation President and CEO presented "Practicing Leadership" for our Fall 2015 kick-off. You may access a recording of her inspiring talk as well as a discussion guide at: Women's Leadership Initiative Speaker - Lynette Marshall

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." You may access a recording of her inspiring talk as well as a discussion guide at: Women's Leadership Initiative Speaker - Adrien Wing.

Sarah Fisher Gardial, Dean, Henry B. Tippie College of Business at the University of Iowa presented on "Plans and Passions: How to Navigate Your Career." You may access a recording of her inspiring talk at: Women's Leadership Initiative Speaker - Sarah Fisher Gardial.

The Spring 2019 Women’s Leadership event was led by Dr. Denise Martinez, “Crushing Imposter Syndrome.” You may access a recording of her inspiring talk as well as a discussion guide at: Women's Leadership Initiative Speaker - Dr. Denise Martinez.