Women in Leadership Speaker Series
The Women In Leadership Speaker Series is a quarterly event held in the Norris University Center. A goal of our speakers is to develop a series that will enlighten, stimulate, and empower students. Another goal of the Women in Leadership Speaker Series is to allow Northwestern students to talk about issues affecting women at Northwestern, during their lives after Northwestern, and even in the global arena.
Women In Leadership is also a program that builds connections between women leaders so that women can make a difference in the professional life, personal life and community.
Women in Leadership Achievement Award
Do you know a Northwestern undergraduate woman who is an outstanding student and campus leader? If so then nominate her for the Women in Leadership Achievement Award!
Four undergraduate women will be honored for their outstanding work inside and outside the classroom. A student may be nominated by faculty, staff, alumni, or fellow students based on her academic achievement, leadership roles, extra-curricular activities and overall ability to represent Northwestern as a well-rounded and exceptional student.
Once the nominees are chosen, a group of Northwestern staff will review the applications and select the four most outstanding nominees to be honored. Since all the nominees will likely be great candidates, the selection team will narrow them down based on these criteria:
- Letters of Recommendation (not required, but helpful)
- Outstanding leadership roles
- Academic honors
- Extra-curricular activities
- Coursework (transcripts may be requested only as a tiebreaker)
Women in Leadership Award Winners
Congratulations to the 2011 WiL Achievement Award winners:
Women in Leadership Mentor Program
Although the 2010-2011 Mentorship Program is currently already under way, we will be accepting applications for the 2011-2012 Mentorship Program in Winter Quarter. Details to follow!
“I lead Weinberg’s Chicago Field Studies, the largest academic internship program at Northwestern University. I work with over 250 students a year helping them land fabulous internships in every field imaginable. I also develop relationships with hundreds of employers and help them design effective learning and career building internship experiences for NU students.
For the past year, I have been a mentor in the WiL program and have most enjoyed the cultural events (Block Museum among them) – learning and getting to know students in the program as well as other colleagues. I have thoroughly enjoyed and been challenged as a leadership coach to the WiL student team – Anna and Danika. Primarily, I have been a sounding board for the team. I hope I have asked powerful questions such as where are we (WiL), where do we want to go, what are the program’s strengths and its competitors, and what might the future look like for WiL. I also know that the student leaders of WiL have accomplished great things in the past two years such as assessing student need and interest through focus groups, evaluating overall program effectiveness and more. I am thrilled that their work has been recognized as outstanding women leaders at Northwestern.
I value and appreciate knowing that WiL exists for students to find a place to connect with each other, discuss issues, build skills and learn to network. Tapping into the powerful Northwestern network of alumni, faculty and staff helps me do my job better and I believe is one of the greatest benefits to our students. We have learned through Chicago Field Studies that female students have specific questions regarding how to thrive in male-dominated fields, staging when to start a family and the potential impact to one’s career, and the subtle biases around femininity and performance. WiL gives students a chance to discuss these and other concerns and hear from women who have faced many challenges.
I learn as much from students as I hope they learn from me. I value building my professional network with these smart, ambitious and talented future leaders! I hope that I have exemplified or modeled some of the leadership tools that will empower them to question deeply, reflect regularly, listen openly, act justly and lead humbly.”