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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 and also can sign up for personalized coaching, mentoring and networking options.


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.

Learn more about the Women in Leadership Initiative.


WiL is currently led by Dr. Michele G. Wheatly, Professor of Biology and Special Advisor to Chancellor and President Kent Syverud, along with a Steering Committee. This group collaborated on a strategic planning process in 2021 that refined 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.

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