Join us for the 8th annual Women Leaders Series: personal and professional development programs designed to enhance opportunities for college women student leaders.

All of the programs are free and open to all current Ithaca College students. Be sure to register for workshops on IC Engage for Student Leadership Institute credit.

Kick-off event: Wonder Women Documentary Screening and Discussion

March 1, 2:30-4:00pm

Taughannock Falls Room

This 2012 documentary traces the fascinating birth, evolution, and legacy of Wonder Woman and introduces audiences to a dynamic group of fictional and real-life superheroines fighting for positive role models for girls, both on screen and off. Attendees at this session will watch the 55-minute film followed by 20 minutes of discussion about the themes and concepts regarding gender and the media, women in power, and future activism. Refreshments provided by the Office of Student Engagement. Hosted by Rachel Cutsumpas ‘20, Student Leadership Consultant.

Women Leaders Focus Group

March 4, 4:00-5:00pm

Taughannock Falls Room

Let's talk about being a woman student leader at Ithaca College: what are the highs and lows that you have experienced? What resources do you need to help you be more successful on your leadership journey at IC? What do you wish you had known before you took on commitments on campus and in the community? This will be an interactive discussion, so come prepared to share your story and hear the stories of your peers! Hosted by Michele Lenhart, Director of Student Engagement.

Jewel's Catch One Film Screening

March 4, 6:00pm

Textor 103     

The oldest Black owned disco in America is the legacy of businesswoman and activist Jewel Thais-Williams. One of the original safe spaces for both the LGBT and Black communities, her club grew to become known as the "unofficial Studio 54 of the West Coast,” and she became a national role model for how to fight discrimination and serve others.  The film is narrated by one of Ithaca College’s most distinguished alumni, actress and activist CCH Pounder. Hosted by the Center for LGBTQ Education, Outreach and Services.

The Journey to Leadership as a Student of Color at a PWI 

March 5, 12:00-1:00pm

Taughannock Falls Room

As students of color at persistently/predominately white institution, over time one becomes discouraged and displeased with the campus environment that was set up - as most American systems - to cater to the white cultural diaspora. In other words, it was set up in a way that would benefit our white peers more. Being a women-identifying student provides an added later of challenges when facing spaces that aren't designed for your voice.  As seniors at Ithaca College, the BOLD 2.0 cohort hopes that by sharing our lived-experiences and stories about how we rose to leadership, we can inspire women-identifying students, and especially those of diverse backgrounds, to become the leaders and change-makers that our campus is in desperate need of. Presented by the BOLD Women's Leadership Scholars.


College Women are Stressed Out and Totally Exhausted

March 18, 4:00-5:00pm

Taughannock Falls Room

According to the American College Health Association, 90 percent of women college students reported feeling overwhelmed by all they had to do (15 percentage points higher than college men). Why is this overworked feeling different for women than for men? This workshop will address why we feel overwhelmed and stressed out, and will offer tips for how college women student leaders manage your life to stay on point and function at your best. Presented by Michele Lenhart, Director of Student Engagement.

BOMBSHELL film screening

March 20, 21, and 22 at 8:00pm

Textor 102

When Gretchen Carlson slaps Fox News founder Roger Ailes with a lawsuit alleging sexual harassment, not a soul could predict what would happen next. Her decision leads to Fox News correspondent Megyn Kelly coming forward with her own story, as well as multiple other women, inciting a movement that reverberates around the world. Admission is free and the film is open to the public.  Presented by Student Activities Board.

Women in Leadership Experience (WILE)

Saturday, March 21 9:00am-6:00pm

Seneca Falls, New York

This day-long program will feature a visit to the Women's Rights National Historic Park and Museum, a series of discussion sessions, and prominent women leaders sharing their own experiences. Lunch, transportation and all retreat materials are included. Registration is required, and will close on March 9, 2020:

Women's Self-Defense Workshop

March 23, 12:00-12:50pm

Clark Lounge, Campus Center

Strength comes from knowledge and skills.  Self-confidence comes from believing in your strength.  Whether you are brand new to self-defense or experienced, increase your strength and self-confidence by sharpening your self-defense knowledge and skills in this interactive workshop.  The workshop will be equal parts discussion and hands on learning.  Comfortable clothes are recommended. Presented by Sybil Conrad, Director of the Campus Center.

Advocating for Yourself & Others in the Workplace           

March 23, 4:00-5:00pm

Taughannock Falls Room

Leaders must regularly advocate for themselves and others in the workplace in terms of salary raises, workplace conditions, workload, and professional development opportunities.  Learn from the words and experiences of various women who have learned how to advocate successfully, ultimately creating a better world for everyone.  We will also apply these lessons to the here and now, discussing how this can impact your time at IC as well. Presented by Jess Shapiro, Assistant Director of the Campus Center.

Power of The Pack

March 24, 5:30-6:30pm

Ithaca Falls Room

As women, we're taught a young age that there aren't enough opportunities for all of us, so we must fight and compete to get that one saved spot at the table for us that's already filled by men. When one puts all of their energy into competing with others trying to prove to the universe that they're better than everyone, it's exhausting. It's time to reverse the stereotype that women don't support other women. Research states that women who are support and rise each other up are not only more successful, but happier. In this workshop, we will navigate the "power of the pack", and how when we as women work with, instead of against each other, we all shine. Presented by Mary Holland-Bavis, Associate Director of Student Involvement.

Finding Amazing Mentors

March 25, 4:00-5:00pm

Taughannock Falls Room

Women who participate in mentoring in the workplace are more likely to be connected, engaged, and successful in their jobs. Mentees learn more new skills, have more confidence, and more opportunities for promotions than their colleagues who are not mentored.  Join us for a panel presentation where young professionals – who also happen to be alumnae – share their own experiences and practical tips for developing informal mentoring networks with other women. The good news is that this can be an authentic process for introverts and extroverts alike!

Craftivism: using crafts to MAKE the world a better place!

March 26, 12:15-1:00pm

Taughannock Falls Room

In this session you will learn about the traditions of creative resistance, specifically how quilters have used their skills to address particular causes in the past, and how contemporary quilters are using craftivism for consciousness-raising, anti-consumerism, ethical production, and aiding the disadvantaged. You will get to make your own hexie quilt patch (no experience required!), and learn how to apply your creativity toward making a difference, one person at a time. If you are looking for a way to voice your opinions and support your causes at your own pace, without chanting or banner waving at a mass protest, this is the session for you! Presented by Omega Hollies, Assistant Director of the Center for IDEAS, and Samantha Stafford, Assistant Director of Residential Education and Assessment.


IC Women of Distinction Awards

March 26, 4:00-5:00pm

Campus Center

Three Ithaca College women have been selected as the 2020 recipients of the annual Women of Distinction Awards. Please join us for a reception to recognize these women who exhibit leadership and pave the way for women in their fields of expertise; serve as role models and mentors and are committed to advancing women; and give back to the IC community through their time, talent, and resources. Julie Dorsey, Associate Professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy; Te-Wen Lo, Associate Professor in the Department of Biology, and Tiffany Valentin, Assistant Director in the Office of State Grants, will be recognized at this ceremony, and each woman of distinction will share some inspiring stories and thoughts with the attendees. This event is open to all students, staff and faculty at Ithaca College, but space is limited so pre-registration is required. Please sign up for this event by logging on to IC Engage, and then RSVPing to the event: 

Stepping Stones for Success

March 30, 12:00-12:50pm

Clark Lounge, Campus Center

Join IC Women in Business for a panel featuring IC alumnae within different stages of their careers.  They will share their journeys to include obstacles they have faced, lessons learned, and advice for students transitioning into the start of their careers. (List of fabulous panelists coming soon, stay tuned!)

BOMBSHELL Discussion

April 1, 8:00pm

Park 279         

BOMBSHELL is a revealing look inside the most powerful and controversial media empire of all time, Fox News, and the explosive story of the women who brought down the infamous man who created it. The film will be shown as part of the Student Activities Board film series in Textor 102 at 8:00pm on March 20, March 21, and March 22. Then, you can join IC Women in Communications for this conversation about sexism in the television industry and the portrayal of real women in fictionalized media.

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Women Leaders Series 2020: Discovering Your Voice

Thank you to all of the staff and student presenters who have volunteered to present a session for the Ithaca College Women Leaders Series 2020! We are fortunate to have such a talented and generous support system to help IC students learn about various aspects of women's leadership!