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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!, hosted more than 320 women from South Carolina's higher education institutions at the Russell House on the University of South Carolina's campus in April 2015. The institute featured 20 workshops given in three concurrent sessions.

Senator Katrina Shealy gave the keynote address Dr. Terrie Smith discussed smart negotiation strategy during the lunch hour. In addition, over 25 presenters represented higher education institutions and private organizations from across the state.

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