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Women in Leadership Initiative

Making Syracuse University a Pacesetter in Cultivating Women Leaders

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The Women in Leadership Initiative at Syracuse University seeks to catalyze the personal and collective advancement of women on campus. We host an array of professional development opportunities customized to the needs of faculty and staff. Participants benefit from the real experiences and candid advice offered by panels and solo guest speakers.

The Women in Leadership Initiative follows three core strategies: 1) increase awareness of personalized professional development opportunities; 2) inspire and better prepare women for their “next”; and 3) amplify the voices of women on campus.

The Women in Leadership Initiative (WiL) launched in 2018 when Syracuse University Senior Vice President and Chief of Staff Candace Campbell Jackson set out to create unique experiences that encourage, promote, and support the advancement of women faculty and staff at Syracuse University.

Since that time, more than a thousand people have participated in programming. Participants have learned professional development lessons from panelists, individual experts, and coaches on a diverse range of topics including managing conflict, leading interdisciplinary teams, polishing an individual brand, and strengthening communication and negotiation skills.

WiL is currently led by Candace Campbell Jackson, Senior Vice President and Chief of Staff to Chancellor Kent Syverud, along with a Steering Committee. This group collaborates on strategic planning that refines the vision and mission of WiL to align with the hopes and expectations of women on campus and to remain highly relevant in a post-pandemic campus environment.