Community Engagement

Community engagement at the Women’s Leadership Center is concentrated on the establishment of alliances with businesses in the greater Metro Atlanta area who resonate with the mission of the Center. Development of programs responsive to the needs of these businesses, while aligning with the strengths of the College, is the key to success in this area. Highlighted below are the initiatives that the WLC undertakes within our community.

Professional Women’s Alliance

The Professional Women’s Alliance consists of member companies that are united around the same goal: Moving more women into positions of leadership in the workplace. Supporting women in their journeys to leadership positions in the workplace. The PWA hosts two major leadership events per year to serve our goal.

Spring 2017 Event: Held at Cherokee Town Club, the event  featured a panel of metro Atlanta presidents/CEOs talking about “If I Knew Then What I Know Now.” We hosted approximately 300 attendees.

Sponsor companies are:

  • ADP
  • AGCO
  • AGL Resources
  • Belk
  • CarMax Auto Finance
  • Coles College of Business
  • Columbia Property Trust
  • EY
  • Henssler Financial
  • Holder Construction
  • Nelson Mullins
  • Piedmont Healthcare
  • PNC Bank
  • PWC
  • UHY Advisors

The OWL Circle

The Outstanding Women Leaders (OWL) Circle is a group of women alumnae, donors and friends of the Coles College of Business who value networking, mentorship and life-long learning. These current and future thought leaders bring diversity and innovative ideas from corporations, entrepreneurial enterprises and non-profit organizations. It is a safe place to share business issues in a supportive and encouraging environment.

The OWL Circle currently has a steering committee focused on events and activities for 2018.


Young Women Leaders Forum
2017 Sponsor: Bain & Company
2018 Sponsor: Suntrust

The Young Women Leaders Forum (YWLF) is a cohort of 22 future female business leaders who want to achieve the next level of success by leveraging experts, mentors, and other high-performing peers in the cohort. The YWLF was formed by inviting a selected group of very high-performing women from different well-known companies within metro Atlanta. The purpose of the Forum is to increase the number of female Atlanta leaders in business, civic and non-profit areas.   

The YWLF meets quarterly with themed programming decided by the group itself in advance. Topics have included: “Understanding the Unwritten Rules of Business,” “Driving Your Career,” and Principles of Negotiation.” Each dinner includes a speaker or panel as well as time for networking and for members to bring up business issues in a safe environment.

In addition to the quarterly meetings, each member is assigned a mentor – a senior female executive in the Atlanta area.

The following companies are represented by the YWLF:

  • Turner Broadcasting Systems
  • UPS
  • Coca-Cola
  • King & Spalding
  • Bain & Company
  • The Home Depot
  • McKinsey & Company
  • Cox Automotive
  • ASD/SKY Architects
  • IHG
  • Southern Proper
  • Georgia Pacific
  • Suntrust
  • Kimberly-Clark
  • The Weather Company
  • PWC
  • Alston & Bird
  • Uber
  • Morgan Stanley
  • ADP


Women Leaders Forum

The Women Leaders Forum (WLF) provides a robust environment for the top executive women in companies north of the perimeter to share thoughts, ideas and issues for problem solving and continuous learning. Using peer coaching as well as innovative research and external experts (when appropriate), we discuss and address leadership challenges faced by today’s executives. The Forum currently consists of 15 C-Suite women who meet on a bi-monthly basis.

The following companies are represented in the Women Leaders Forum:

  • ADP
  • Bain & Company
  • Childress Klein
  • First Landmark Bank
  • GE Energy Management
  • Graphic Packaging
  • Heidelberg USA, Inc.
  • Kennesaw State University
  • New Eyes, Inc.
  • RaceTrac Petroleum Inc.
  • Sundial Plumbing
  • The Henssler Financial Group
  • The Home Depot
  • WellStar Health System
  • 524 Creative


Coles Scholars Mentor Program

This program pairs the highest academic women students (seniors) in Coles College of Business with female executives in the Atlanta business community. The purpose is to expose these students to high-level executives and discuss career goals, successes and challenges.

The program runs every year and follows the academic calendar.


Women’s Leadership Center Scholarship

The purpose of the WLC Scholarship is to provide financial support female students selected as Coles College of Business Scholars. The scholarship is a vehicle to attract donations to Coles College from those interested in women’s leadership no matter what the giving amount is.

In order to be eligible to receive the scholarship, Coles Scholars must meet the following criteria:

  • Merit based
  • Enrolled full- or part-time
  • Selected as Coles College of Business Scholar
  • Achieve and maintain a 3.0 GPA
  • Mentee of the Women’s Leadership Center

Contact Information for the WLC
Erin Wolf
Executive Director
Ewolf3@kennesaw.edu
404-583-3868

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