Women's Institute for Leadership Development
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- Define personal leadership styles
- Learn effective team-building techniques
- Discover new ways to motivate group members
- Learn conflict management strategies
- Polish communication skills
- Learn how to develop contacts and create a network
Since 1996, the Women's Institute for Leadership Development at Old Dominion University has focused on developing the leadership skills of women students. The institute incorporates theory and practice and is divided into seven modules.
Dedicated to building community among members and refining essential leadership skills, the program provides students with the opportunity to network with other student leaders and professional women.
- To explore women's style of leadership and to support and empower women students as they develop their leadership skills.
- To enhance leadership skills and intellectual development and to create an environment which values and nurtures women leaders.
- To create a network and a community among women leaders during and after college experience.
- To become an integral part of leadership development for women students at Old Dominion University.
- Open to all women students
- Limited to 30 participants
- $35 registration fee required once accepted into the instutute
- Attendance at all modules is required to participate (please check module dates before applying)
- Students accepted into the institute will be notified.
Monday, February 10th, 2 pm - 4 pm
Cape Charles Room, Webb Center
Participants learn about the "call" to leadership, meet their cohort, and will explore their values and what inspires them to be a leader.
La Wanza Lett-Brewington, Director, Women's Center
Monday, February 17th, 2:00PM-4:00PM
Cape Charles Room, Webb Center
At the heart of most high performing organizations is a sense of commitment to the team. This experiential session will give participants the opportunity to demonstrate leadership and learn how these activities can positively impact individuals and groups.
Monday, February 24th, 2:00PM-4:00PM
Cape Charles Room, Webb Center
Women often bring special strengths, characteristics, and values to leadership. Using guided discussion and structured activities, students will explore these leadership styles and principles for leading authentically.
La Wanza Lett-Brewington
Monday, March 3rd, 2:00PM-4:00PM
Cape Charles Room, Webb Center
Diversity has evolved into a word that has been politicized and a concept that corporations, organizations, and societal institutions often use as their "PC" cloak. Achieving culturally competent skills is often a checkmark that we use to define our status as an open minded person, a global citizen and effective leader. However, before one can lead, impact change and create systems of inclusion, one must be aware of how their first organization, the family, impacted and shaped who they are and how they lead. Participants will embark upon an interactive and reflective personal journey that identifies frameworks that defined their personal identity and emerging leadership style.
Monday, March 17th, 2:00PM-4:00PM
Cape Charles Room, Webb Center
Effective communication skills are important for any leader. This experiential workshop will focus on gender communication, communication styles, and the skills needed to be an effective communicator.
Monday, March 24th, 2:00PM-4:00PM
Cape Charles Room, Webb Center
This workshop focuses on what makes a great leader fall. The purpose of this workshop is highlight how unresolved issues can become barriers to success. Through discussion and personal reflection activities participants will determine what some of their internal barriers might be and create action steps for how to address them.
Monday, March 31st, 2:00PM-4:00PM
Cape Charles Room, Webb Center
Today it takes a lot of planning and negotiating to enhance your career development and opportunities. Students will exit this experiential workshop with a variety of strategies including goal setting and career decision making skills, best practices for getting a promotion, and how to establish and start an action plan.
Monday, April 7th, 2:00PM-4:00PM
Cape Charles Room, Webb Center
With the focus on what the students learned about themselves during the Institute, students will present their leadership vision and action plan for engagement on campus and in the community.
La Wanza Lett-Brewington
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