Empowering Our University and Wider Community

The Center for Women’s Leadership (CWL) was founded as a cross-departmental initiative in Forbes School of Business & Technology to take tangible action to help bridge gender gaps in organizational leadership and equity.  Since its inception, it has quickly grown to include leaders across the university, externally, and with partner organizations.  

Our Mission

To advance awareness, appreciation, and recognition of women’s leadership within our community. The Center for Women’s Leadership at the Forbes School of Business and Technology® is dedicated to raising awareness of the essential role women play in leadership, promoting gender equity, and fostering an inclusive environment that encourages and celebrates women’s leadership contributions. 

Our Vision

Our vision is a society where the awareness of women’s leadership is heightened, where women’s leadership accomplishments are recognized and celebrated, and where gender equity is a fundamental principle. We envision a future where everyone, both within and beyond our university community, is well-informed about the importance of women in leadership. We actively support and promote leadership journeys, recognizing that our goals and scope extend beyond our university alone. The Center for Women’s Leadership will be a driving force in advancing the vision, by continuously increasing awareness and appreciation of women’s leadership. 

Our Strategy

  • Develop and execute targeted awareness campaigns and outreach initiatives to educate students, faculty, staff, and the broader community about the significance of women’s leadership. This includes organizing seminars and workshops to highlight successful women leaders’ stories. 

  • Collaborate with academic departments to integrate women’s leadership content into the university’s curriculum, ensuring that students are exposed to the rich history and contemporary relevance of women’s leadership. 

  • Establish recognition programs and awards that celebrate outstanding women leaders within the university community. These programs will spotlight and honor the contributions of women in various leadership roles. 

  • Establish a regular newsletter that highlights women’s leadership achievements, shares research findings, and provides valuable insights and resources related to gender equity and women’s leadership. This newsletter will serve as a dynamic platform to keep the university community informed and engaged and will complement other publications and reports produced by the center.

  • Engage with local and national communities to promote the mission of advancing awareness of women’s leadership. Collaborate with external organizations, host public forums, and invite prominent speakers to elevate the discourse on women’s leadership beyond the university’s boundaries. 

  • Develop and expand mentorship programs to provide comprehensive guidance and support for women aspiring to leadership roles. Strengthen mentorship networks, fostering the professional growth and leadership development of our members. 

  • Drive research initiatives that align with the center’s mission. This includes actively pursuing internal funding opportunities to support research projects focused on women’s leadership, gender equality, and related areas. Our research endeavors aim to generate valuable insights and contribute to the advancement of women in leadership within our institution and society as a whole. 

Center for Women’s Leadership Memberships

Your CWL membership grants access to many benefits including the following:


Attending a live webinar hosted by the Center for Women’s Leadership at the Forbes School of Business and Technology® is one way to join our community and network with other members. You’ll find CWL members to be welcoming and excited to meet you! The Center for Women’s Leadership will be hosting both in-person and virtual networking opportunities across industries to benefit members.

Professional Development

Through the Center for Women’s Leadership at the Forbes School of Business and Technology®, members have access to various avenues of professional development. While professional development can occur in formal settings such as conferences, webinars, or training classes, it also occurs informally as you learn, communicate with others, and open your minds to new ideas and perspectives. Professional development allows you to better understand the issues, concerns, opportunities, and solutions that are relevant to your field and organization.


The Center for Women’s Leadership at the Forbes School of Business and Technology® offers resources for research and growth. Research offers a unique opportunity to study past events and current conditions to better understand trends and relationships, identify issues and concerns, make projections for the future, generate new ideas, and create innovative solutions. As the role of women in leadership expands, so does the obligation to be knowledgeable, emotionally intelligent, and a catalyst for positive change to not only promote equity and inclusion for all people, regardless of gender or other biological characteristics, but also to positively affect organizations in terms of operational efficiency, financial success, and social responsibility.


The Center for Women’s Leadership is proud to welcome thought leaders across industries focused on a wide range of subjects to foster learning, ignite inspiration, and provoke conversations that lead to individual and organizational impact and change. Join us for an upcoming Center for Women’s Leadership event or check out on-demand access to past events now.


Upcoming Events

Mark your calendar! A schedule of upcoming events and registration details is available. Members receive regular updates about events with early access to registration.

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Past Events

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