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Women's Leadership Center


The Coles College of Business Women’s Leadership Center (WLC) is dedicated to helping female students and professionals reach their leadership potential through innovative research, actionable programs that educate a wide audience of men and women, and a focal point for women’s networking where they learn to be rainmakers for themselves and others. The Center’s main objective is to help women find the key to unlocking the doors to higher levels of achievement in their careers in corporate America, higher education, not-for-profit organizations, or as entrepreneurs.

The WLC achieves its mission through:

  • Innovation: Research that pushes thought leadership boundaries and encourages further discussion around gender and leadership.

  • Education: Programs tailored to enable all women to uncover and reach their full leadership potential in the workplace.

  • Community Engagement: Fostering and supporting the advancement of women in today’s workplace and the workplace of the future – locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally.

Research Spotlight

One of the goals of the Women's Leadership Center is to engage in research projects in conjunction with member companies that speak directly to issues affecting women leaders in the workforce today. In collaboration with Martha Hauser of Diversified Search, the Women's Leadership Center recently conducted a groundbreaking study of healthcare leaders to assess trends related to gender and leadership.

Dr. Sam Paustian-Underdahl, former Research Director of the WLC, presented findings from this project related to work-family conflict at the Academy of Management conference in Philadelphia, PA in Summer 2014.

Other study results were published in the September/October issue of the Journal of Healthcare Management in an article written by Martha Hauser. The publisher has graciously allowed us to share the article for a limited time on our website: Click here to download.


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