revise-dsc08566The Women Faculty Leadership Institute (WFLI), inspired by the incredible talent that exists among our tenured women faculty and a commitment to diversifying the leadership structure of universities, brings together a small cohort of senior women faculty – Danforth Campus tenured professors, teaching professors, senior lecturers and professors of practice, and faculty on the tenure, clinical or research track on the Medical Campus – who are in or aspire to leadership roles.

Institute training provides participants with access to local and national experts who address skill development in critical areas of leadership. Topics include: negotiation, strategic communication, managing conflict, managing and building teams, university finances and mentoring. Participants build their capacity for leadership and expand their professional network by developing connections with women leaders across disciplines from both the Danforth and Medical campuses.

“WFLI taught me how to negotiate for critical resources, manage and motivate my students and staff, and define my long-term career goals. The connections that I made with the other WFLI participants have been invaluable for advice, support and professional collaborations.”

Jessica Wagenseil, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

The Institute involve five full-day training sessions. Alumni events are held along with ongoing training opportunities.

The application process is currently closed.


We expect to open the application process for the 4th WFLI cohort during Spring 2022, with the program convening during Spring 2023. 

Because this is a competitive program with a limited number of spaces, those selected must be able to attend at least four out of the five sessions.

Professors Anne Glowinski, Shanti Parikh, and Bettina Drake at dinner for second WFLI cohort

For Questions Contact:

Cecilia Hanan Reyes
Program Manager | Office of the Provost