Institute for Women's Leadership
The Institute for Women's Leadership (IWL) is a consortium within Rutgers University. Consortium members include Douglass College, the Department of Women's and Gender Studies, Institute for Research on Women, Center for American Women and Politics, Center for Women's Global Leadership, and the Center on Women and Work. The mission of the Institute is to examine and advance women's leadership in education, research, politics, the workplace, and the world. The institute's main focus is on how and why women lead. Based on its findings, it works to create new knowledge about women's leadership and develops programs to prepare women to lead effectively.
Principal StaffMary S. Hartman, Founder and Senior Scholar
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Lisa Hetfield, Interim Director and Director of Development
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Gail Kubicke, Department Administrator
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Mary K. Trigg, Director of Leadership Programs and Research
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Connie A. Ellis, Corporate Programs Director
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Sasha Wood Taner, Associate Director, Leadership Programs and Research
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Cynthia Gorman, Program Consultant, CLASP and 2008-2009 Mary S. Hartman Doctoral Fellow
Areas of Expertise:Advancing Women's Leadership, Globalization, Leadership in Civil Society, Leadership in Education, Leadership in Government, Politics, and Business, Leadership Pipelines, Women's Leadership, Women's, Gender & Feminist Studies
Projects & Campaigns
Leadership and Leadership Development
WINGS. Eight-month, memntoring program that links Rutgers undergraduates with senior professional women.
CLASP. Five-week, Rutgers undergraduate summer service-learning program which places students in social justice internships.
Executive Leadership Program For Women. Intensive workshop series for women leaders holding senior-level positions in industry, the professions, and Non-Profit Organizations.
Scholars Program for Women's Leadership and Social Change.The IWL Leadership Scholars Program has an interdisciplinary focus and is designed to prepare undergraduate students to be informed and responsible leaders. Women's leadership is explored within such diverse areas as Congressional offices, scientific laboratories, community volunteer projects, classrooms, corporate board rooms, and more. The program involves a coordinated academic sequence that introduces students to effective models of leadership.
Transforming Lives-Women's Leadership Interview Project. The purpose of the Transforming Lives project is to inspire and empower women of all ages to make positive change in their own lives, in their communities, in our state, nation, and the world. This educational initiative is a significant opportunity for Rutgers undergraduate students in the IWL Leadership Scholars Certificate Program to learn about leadership from women change makers, and to gain an understanding of the use of media as a vital tool for creating social change in the 21st century.
NJ WomenCount. NJ WomenCount began as an Institute research project in 1993, was reborn in the fall of 2001 as a research partnership between Rutgers’ Institute for Women’s Leadership and the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs, the Division on Women, and is once again a stand-alone research project at the IWL. The reports in the series focus on the status of New Jersey women in key areas of demographics and activism, work, education, health, poverty, the law, and violence against women. Since 2007, the Institute has published Women’s Leadership Fact Sheets as part of the project, and will continue to publish occasional reports. By bringing together available data, analyzing demographic trends, and identifying research gaps, we hope that NJ WomenCount will serve as a valuable tool to inform equitable policies and effective programs and increase public awareness of women’s leadership progress and challenges.
National Dialogue on Educating Women for Leadership. The National Dialogue on Educating Women for Leadership was launched in 2000; the series is our effort to encourage a national, ongoing conversation about the development, meaning, and social impact of women’s leadership.
Re-Imagining Work and Community: Work, Family, and Community in the Lives of New Jersey Professional Women, 2001-2005. This collaborative research project between the Institute for Women’s Leadership and the Center for Women and Work, which was funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, investigated the ways that professional women in dual-earner households define and interact with their multiple communities.
Women in the Public Sphere. With the Institute for Research on Women, IWL held a conference on Power, Practice, and Agency in May of 1998 targeted at audiences inside and beyond the university.
Talking Leadership. This project includes conversations with powerful women about how and why women lead, what barriers women face to obtaining leadership positions, and how these obstacles were addressed. Interviewees included Mildred Dresselhaus, bell hooks, Patricia Schroeder, and many more.
Reports & Resources
Hartman, Mary S. (ed.). Theorizing the Practice (forthcoming).
Trigg, Mary K. (ed.). 2010. Leading the Way: Young Women's Activism for Social Change. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press.
Brown-Glaude, Winnifred R (ed.). 2008. Doing Diversity in Higher Education: Faculty Leaders Share Challenges and Strategies. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press.
Hartman, Mary S. (ed.). 1999. Talking Leadership: Conversations with Powerful Women. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press.
IWL Newsletter. The Institute for Women’s Leadership publishes periodic newsletters to share events and progress from the Institute and consortium members.
The Center for Women’s Global Leadership and Institute for Women’s Leadership at Rutgers University invite you to a public Lecture by Marcela Olivera, Bolivian water rights activist and 2011 Visiting Global Associate. The lecture will be held in the RDJC Building at 4pm on October 25th, 2011.
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Opportunities, Grants & Fellowships
Visiting Scholars Program. Programs sponsored by the Institute and Consortium Members for guest scholars, researchers, and others to visit Rutgers.
Mary S. Hartman Women's Leadership Opportunity Fund at the Institute for Women's Leadership. The purpose of this Fund is to provide Rutgers undergraduate students with opportunities to expand their education beyond the classroom through academic conferences, internships, research experiences, national summit meetings, leadership training, and skills workshops.
What We Do
NCRW is a network of leading university and community based research, policy, and advocacy centers with a growing global reach dedicated to advancing rights and opportunities for women and girls. We also have a Corporate Circle comprised of senior diversity professionals from leading U.S. and global member companies and a Presidents Circle of college and university leaders who share our commitment. NCRW harnesses the collective power of its network to provide knowledge, analysis, and thought leadership on issues ranging from reducing women’s poverty to building a critical mass of women’s leadership across sectors.