About the BOLD Women's Leadership Network

The BOLD Women’s Leadership Network is an innovative leadership initiative across six institutions of higher education led by women presidents who have demonstrated their commitment to collaboration, innovation, diversity, and inclusion: Ithaca College; University of Connecticut; Colby-Sawyer College; College of Saint Rose; Middlebury College; and Rutgers University–Newark, which serves as the anchor institution for this initiative.

BOLD scholars are awarded two-year scholarships of up to $27,500 per year and work together in cohorts of about 7-10 students, supported by a program director, and an administrative lead at each institution. Through a structured curriculum, community building retreats, and the implementation of a campus transformation project, BOLD scholars aim to leverage their own identities, strengths, and collective knowledge to positively impact social change and foster inclusive campus environments.

The BOLD network is committed to supporting young women from all backgrounds and especially those who have been significantly underrepresented in higher education in terms of socioeconomic class, race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, citizenship, and ability.

Envisioned and founded by Ithaca College’s president, Shirley M. Collado, the BOLD Women’s Leadership Network is generously funded by the Helen Gurley Brown Foundation, established to honor legendary Cosmopolitan magazine editor Helen Gurley Brown. In the spirit of Brown’s legacy, BOLD develops courageous leadership among young women in higher education who possess the skills necessary to move discourse forward on some of our most challenging social issues. Read more about BOLD at IC here

Dr. Rosanna Ferro, Vice President of Student Affairs and Campus Life, is the Administrative Lead at Ithaca College. Ferro joined Ithaca College in October 2017 and provides strategic leadership and vision for the division of SACL. 

Samantha Elebiary is the BOLD Program Director at Ithaca College. Elebiary began working with the BOLD Program in November of 2018, but joined IC in July of 2017 under the department of Residential Life and Judicial Affairs. Please direct all questions to her at selebiary@ithaca.edu or 607-274-5728. You can also email bold@ithaca.edu.


Contact Samantha Elebiary, BOLD Program Director

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Call (607) 274-5728 or email selebiary@ithaca.edu or bold@ithaca.edu.

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