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Vol. 36 (2016)

Understanding "Why" One University's Women's Leadership Development Strategies are So Effective

  • Lisa DeFrank-Cole
  • Melissa Latimer
  • Presha Neidermeyer
  • Michele Wheatly
June 14, 2017


One research university has brought formal training to campus to support women and provide the needed leadership training in a cost-effective manner. Based on a coaching method used at Harvard in their Women's Leadership Forum, our initiative has completed its fifth cycle and provides an on-campus leadership development and support program for women. This paper offers insights into the Women's Leadership Initiative provided by focus group participants and also highlights the overall impact and effectiveness using survey data.

Keywords: Women, leadership, higher education, skill-development