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Women in Leadership Fall 2021 Cohort

This fall, the Division of Student Affairs is offering a Women in Leadership (WIL) Track.  This professional development opportunity will include a group of amazing women leaders who will share their own personal experiences, including successes and challenges, and so much more.   We will be utilizing the book Dare to Lead by Brene' Brown to help facilitate these conversations.  The purpose of this WIL cohort is to provide Student Affairs' women an opportunity to meet other women in leadership roles, share stories of accomplishments/challenges and to receive guidance/advice on their career journey.

There are a limited amount of seats, so please sign up as quickly as possible.  Books will be provided to each participant.  If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact Traci Royster at

Fall 2021 Schedule

All sessions are on Tuesdays from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Date / Time Topic / Text
Tues., August 24th Introduction and The Moment and the Myths
Tues., September 21st Courage
Tues., October 19th Shame and Empathy & Curiosity and Grounded Confidence
Tues., November 16th Values & Trust
Tues., December 14th Reflection, Next Steps and Learning to Rise


Panelists include the following:

  • Dr. Lori Gonzalez, Executive Vice President & Provost, University of Louisville (Louisville, KY)
  • Dr. Virginia Hardy, Vice Chancellor, Student Affairs, East Carolina University (Greenville, NC)
  • Ms. Barb Krause, J.D., retired Deputy General Counsel, Appalachian State University (Boone, NC)
  • Dr. Jamie Parson, Interim Chief Diversity Office, Appalachian State University (Boone, NC)
  • Mrs. Susan Pettyjohn, Senior Consultant, Washburn & McGoldrick (Hayes, VA)
  • Mrs. Tracey Wright, Dean of Students, Emory and Henry (Emory, VA)