Syracuse University’s Women in Leadership (WiL) initiative aims to make the University a pioneer among institutions of higher education for training women leaders. The initiative’s newest offering, a Cohort Experience, advances this goal by creating an even more personalized and intensive professional development opportunity that:

  • Foster greater self-discovery in work/life exploration, identify and enhance personal and professional leadership strengths, increase overall emotional intelligence.
  • Develop and improve skills in the areas of personal branding, public presentations, management, negotiation, collaboration and conflict resolution.
  • Gain a better understanding of university governance, academic leadership, and the overall educational enterprise.
  • Explore career options in higher education and academic leadership in a post-pandemic world.
  • Connect you to an extensive network of references and contacts of women leaders within and beyond academia.
  • Achieve new success, on or off campus.

The cohort experience will begin in the fall semester 2022 and will continue through the spring semester 2023. Interested individuals are encouraged to apply for one of the 20 class seats by obtaining peer nominations or through self-nomination . Applications will be accepted from March 21 to April 15. Selected entrants will be notified by May 9.

Successful cohort experiences typically combine experiential group learning or hands-on assignments, executive and peer coaching, personal skills development, self-assessments that foster greater emotional intelligence, and networking for professional growth and personal.

“We built the cohort with the goal of ensuring that all of our participants grow and benefit from their involvement,” says Candace Campbell Jackson, Senior Vice President and Chief of Staff to the Chancellor, and one of four Steering Committee members. of WiL dedicated to the design and implementation of the cohort. “An emerging body of research indicates that cohorts can be particularly effective for women, who tend to place a higher value on collaborative skills. We believe it is essential to combine self-reflection with small group learning in a very supportive and interactive environment. »

The cohort will include emerging faculty and staff leaders. Forward-thinking leadership development experts say the best programming purposefully and creatively builds a culture of high accountability and contributes to the collective capacity for “cross-system” (not just cross-disciplinary) relationships – relationships essential to thoughtful university governance. .

“In a deliberate and thoughtful way, the inclusion of leaders from different fields across the institution pulls back the curtain and deepens understanding of all aspects of the University’s business,” notes Jamie Winders, vice- rector for faculty affairs and co-designer. “The more faculty and staff understand about other colleges and their global operations, the better everyone can interact, collaborate, and lead within Syracuse University and beyond. Moreover, the networks ignited and strengthened by diverse cohorts ensure that our alumni will continue their relationships in the years to come, for their personal and institutional benefit.

An extended opportunity for self-reflection and personal reassessment may be particularly timely, as many professional and personal goals and expectations have been re-examined during the pandemic.

“We intend to focus on personal growth and a better understanding of who we are and how we communicate,” says Dara Royer, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer and Third Co-Designer. “These exercises will prepare participants to unleash their full potential in their current or future roles. The goal is to ensure that participants are better positioned to achieve their own definition of success.

Associate Vice President of Strategic Initiatives, Marcelle Haddix, also recently joined the initiative. “I encourage the entire university community to support those who will eventually join the cohort,” she adds. “Women often take on additional responsibilities or enroll in vocational training and find themselves on their own as they try to juggle their priorities. Let’s make the institutional commitment that we will collectively do what we can to ensure that cohort participants fully benefit from the experience. »

Criteria for selecting participants will include factors such as diversity, focus on work and responsibility, years of experience, expertise, interest and desire for personal development and a commitment to completing the process. cohort and to progress personally and professionally.

Each nominee must have at least seven years of professional experience and at least three years in a leadership role (this may be through research, teaching or service to faculty or through a supervisory role or leadership committee for staff). For those wondering if this program is a good choice, staff members can contact Dara Royer or Candace Campbell Jackson, and faculty members can contact Marcelle Haddix. If you have any questions about the nomination form itself, contact Mallory Mitchell. To learn more about the Women in Leadership initiative, visit the WiL webpage or contact [email protected]