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 St. 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 7 students, supported by a program director, a faculty mentor, 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 Pussycat 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.

Nancy Pringle is the Executive Vice President and Senior Advisor to the President at Ithaca College. Nancy has served as the Ithaca College BOLD Lead Administrator since President Collado instituted the BOLD program on campus in the fall of 2017. Nancy provides invaluable oversight to the program and maintains strong connections with the five other institutions, as well as the Pussycat Foundation.

Samantha Bobbe is the BOLD Program Director at Ithaca College. Please direct all questions to her at sbobbe@ithaca.edu or 607-274-5728. You can also email bold@ithaca.edu.

BOLD Women's Leadership Network: Courage. Authenticity. Vision.

Contact Samantha Bobbe, BOLD Program Director

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