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Women's Leadership Institute

The Women's Leadership Institute (WLI) is a subcommittee of the Provost Advisory Committee on Women's Issues. Its designed for faculty, staff and graduate students who are interested in the advancement and success of women in leadership roles from higher education institutions in South Carolina. The annual workshop occurs each spring.

WLI features workshops, interactive presentations and a networking luncheon centered on promoting greater awareness of the challenges and opportunities women face as they seek to achieve a work/life balance. There is also time for participants to informally network if the workshop tracks do not meet their needs.

Learning outcomes of WLI

  1. A stronger community of women in the South Carolina higher education institutions
  2. Personal and professional growth through general and concurrent sessions
  3. Leadership skills and development
  4. Empowerment for women at all stages of their career to pursue higher level positions in their respective fields

12th Annual WLI

The 12th annual WLI, themed Wonder Woman: Celebrating Who You Are! will host more than 320 women from South Carolina's higher education institutions at the event in the Russell House on the University of South Carolina's campus. The institute will feature 20 workshops in three concurrent sessions.

Senator Katrina Shealy will be the keynote speaker and Dr. Terrie Smith will discuss smart negotiations during the lunch hour. In addition, we will have over 25 presenters representing higher education institutions as well as speakers from private organizations located across the state.

View the 2015 WLI Program [pdf].

Featured Topics at WLI 2015

  • Alzheimer’s Awareness, Tina Devlin and Lt. Governor’s Office on Aging
  • Diversity and Inclusion, John Dozier
  • Eighteen Years as a Traffic Cop: Rules of the Road, Susan Kuo
  • Facilitating Student Learning Through Social Media, Meagan Gudridge
  • Finding the Right Network and Making Connections, Ginny Deerin, Becky Collier, Representative Phyllis Henderson
  • Innovation: A Look at Richland County Libraries, Melanie Huggins
  • It’s a Habit, Nathan Strong
  • Living Wills and Estate Planning, Sarah T. Cassidy
  • Oh No You Didn’t!  How to Recognize & Prevent Sexual Harassment, Rhonda Edwards
  • Organizational Succession Planning, Kandy Peacock
  • Organizational Change: Methods to recruit for the organization, Christine Carr
  • Presentation Skills, Katherine Swartz
  • S.A.F.E: Self-defense And Female Empowerment, Teena Gooding and Jessica Velders
  • StartSmart Negotiations, Terrie Smith
  • The Face of South Carolina and Beyond: Enrollment Trends to Watch, Mary Wagner
  • Team Building, Nick Elzy
  • Time Management, Natalia Stustova
  • Verbal Judo, Eric Grabski and Alyssa Leggett