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Leadership & Professional Development

In order to combat the confidence gap, the Women's Center offers a series of programs geared at enhancing women's confidence in their leadership and professional abilities. These programs vary from focusing on oneself, to connecting women to a network of supportive allies, to investigating what it takes to be successful in graduate school, to examining leadership opportunities, to working with young girls to instill in them the confidence they need to succeed. We hope you join us on this journey of self-investigation and connection!

AAUW Start Smart Salary Negotiation

The AAUW Start Smart Salary Negotiation workshop is an American Association of University Women licensed two-hour workshop which assists participants in their initial salary negotiation, and is offered regularly through the Women's Center with the support of the Career Network and the Graduate College. This program counts towards She Leads OHIO completion. Registration is required for this program and can be found by visiting the Women's Center's page on OrgSync, under forms.

ALAANA+ Women's Leadership Cohort 

The ALAANA+ Women's Leadership Cohort (ALAANA+, in this context, stands for African American/African/Black, Latina/Latinx, Asian American/Asian, Arab/Middle Eastern, Native American, and all multicultural folks) is a cohort leadership opportunity geared towards first- and second-year multicultural women providing them with a community to: cultivate community and establish connections within the Cohort and throughout the OHIO community; discover their leadership potential; identify their own personal, professional, and leadership goals; and, create action plans to achieve those goals.  Anyone who believes a program of this nature would benefit their personal, professional, and leadership development is welcome, and encouraged, to apply.

Running Start's Elect Her

Elect Her: Campus Women Win is a Running Start program offered annually in the fall semester by the Women's Center. This 4.5-hour training covers skills such as how to mobilize a constituency, how to craft a message, and how to speak confidently and present oneself as a candidate. Through Elect Her, we encourage women to run for student government; however, this program delves into transferrable skills that can be used in any professional situation. This program counts towards She Leads OHIO completion. Registration is required for this program.

She Leads OHIO

She Leads OHIO is a structured professional development and leadership program, which takes into consideration the particular hurdles that women face in the workforce, and utilizes the expertise of both Women's Center and Career Network staff. Students who complete all aspects of She Leads OHIO will receive a certificate of completion after completing this form.

Women's Mentoring Program

A two semester-long program, mentees are paired with a female mentor in their personal and professional fields of interest during the Fall semester. Mentors and mentees decide on the format of their mentoring relationship and the time commitment they wish to make. In addition to building a mentoring relationship, participating students and mentors have the opportunity to attend programs and activities focused on career and personal development. Interested mentors and mentees should apply in the Spring semester prior to the year that they would like to participate. This program requires a commitment of a full academic year.

Stay Out of Your Own Way

This one-hour workshop will help participants examine the language that they use to communicate their confidence level. We will highlight the ways in which women have traditionally undersold their skills, and develop new ways of speaking about ourselves. Stay Out of Your Own Way counts towards She Leads OHIO completion.

Young Women Leaders

The Young Women Leaders Program builds competence, autonomy and connection. A collaboration between the OHIO University's Women's Center and Athens Middle School, the Young Women's Leader Program (YWLP) is an innovative mentoring program designed to empower middle school girls and college women to be leaders and to make positive choices based on their interactions as mentors and peers. Interested mentors should enroll in PCOE 2301C during the Fall semester for training in order to be considered as a mentor for a seventh or eighth grade girl. This program requires a commitment for the full academic year.

Women in Graduate School Day Conference

The first Women in Graduate School Day Conference was held on February 4, 2017. This annual conference provides workshops and discussions, that have included the following topics: personal branding and networking, facing "'isms" in the workplace, budgeting in graduate school, careers after graduate school in academia and outside of academia. While the conference is open to everyone, it is most particularly suited for those currently in graduate school or those who are about to apply for graduate school. Registration is required.

Women Leading OHIO

This program is open to faculty and staff at Ohio University. Arrangements may be made to include participants from regional campuses. This program, which lasts for a full academic year, is cohort based and includes workshops, guest speakers, networking and social opportunities to help early career faculty in their career development and transition to Athens, OH.