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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

11th Annual WLI

The 11th annual WLI, Leading the Charge: A Woman of All Trades [pdf], kicked off April 30. More than 300 women from South Carolina's higher education institutions attended the event in the Russell House on the University of South Carolina's campus. The institute featured 20 workshops divided by four different trades: well-being, meeting your needs, career advancement and graduate students.  Katherine Swartz, director of the Center for Leadership at Columbia College's Institute for Leadership and Professional Excellence, was the keynote speaker. Twenty-nine other speakers also presented at the event. 

A selection of presentations and handouts from the sessions are available below. 

Featured Topics and Trades at WLI 2014

Trade: Well Being

Sexual Harassment
Women’s Fertility
The Whirlwind: Life Inside of an Abusive Relationship
Social Media for Professional Development
Verbal Judo
SharePoint - Mapping your Course to Collaboration

Trade: Meeting Your Needs

$tart $mart Salary Negotiation [pdf]
What’s in Your Pocketbook?
Navigating Workplace Drama
Prioritizing Healthy Eating When You’re a Woman on the Move
Network Security [pdf]
Boss or B#tch – Misperception about Women’s Leadership

Trade: Career Advancement

Women in Public Speaking – How to Become an Excellent Public Speaker
Leadership Strategies in Development of Multi-Disciplinary Research Centers [pdf]
The Complex Process of Human Communication
Leadership through Strategic Planning
Assessment . . . And Why It Should Matter To You

Trade: Graduate Students

Panel: Promoting Gender Equality in the Workplace