Women Leaders Series 2020

Join us for the 8th annual Women Leaders Series: personal and professional development programs designed to enhance opportunities for college women student leaders. 2020 Women Leaders Series programs will be announced in February 2020.

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.

2019 WLS workshops and events:


Tuesday, February 26, 12:10-1:00pm, Clark Lounge

Toxic Female Friendships

How to identify unhealthy friendships, how to mend these friendships if possible, and how to walk away if necessary. Presented by Sam Bobbe, BOLD Program Director Register for SLI Credit


Wednesday, February 27, 4:00-5:00pm, Taughannock Falls Room

You Just Don't Understand

Numerous research articles and books have been written on the subject, with all of them drawing the same conclusion: men and women speak different languages. Learn more about perceptions of feminine and masculine communication styles and how your own behaviors may impact your future as a leader. Presented by Michele Lenhart, Director of Student Engagement Register for SLI Credit


Thursday, February 28, 12:10-1:00pm, Klingenstein Lounge

Stronger Together: Women Empowering/Supporting Women

Empowerment is a mindset. Learn how to shift your perception of interactions with other women in the classroom, workplace, and social settings. Become someone who builds others up, instead of tearing them down. Presented by Janie Kleinberg ‘19, National Conference for College Women Student Leaders 2018 IC representative Register for SLI Credit


Monday, March 4, 6:00-8:00pm, Career Services

Making Professional Connections through Storytelling

You may have heard about the power of storytelling, and its ability to facilitate relatability, connection, and learning. It’s an invaluable tool in educational and social settings, but what about the professional world? Come to this interactive session to learn storytelling strategies you can use to make genuine connections and powerful impressions with networking contacts and prospective employers. We will also explore the roles of emotional intelligence, authenticity, and advocacy within the professional storytelling context. The Women's Equity Affinity Community coordinated by Career Services welcomes Career and Life Coach, Caryanne Keenan, for this dynamic presentation that will inspire, educate, and empower you. Immediately following the presentation Career Services will be hosting a reception with local Ithaca College alumnae and our guest speaker, where you can apply strategies learned at the session and make valuable connections with this important network. Register here on Handshake.


Tuesday, March 5, 5:00-6:00pm, Ithaca Falls Room

Gathering our strength

College-age women report that they are overwhelmed, exhausted, stressed out – in greater numbers than their male counterparts. This workshop will invite you to look at some of the causes which make young women feel so stressed out, stretched thin, and pressured. We will also look at several different approaches to our lives which may help us take better care of ourselves – and each other. Presented by Diana Dimitrova, Director of International Student Services Register for SLI Credit


Wednesday, March 6, 4:00-5:00pm, Taughannock Falls Room

How Remarkable Women Lead

What drives and sustains successful women leaders? This session will explore stories and insights regarding the five elements of Centered Leadership: meaning, framing, connecting, engaging, and energizing. Participants will have a chance to reflect on their own experiences and decide whether feminine leadership traits (for women and men) are better suited for our fast-changing, hyper-competitive and increasingly complex world. Presented by Michele Lenhart, Director of Student Engagement Register for SLI Credit


Thursday, March 7, 4:00-5:00pm, Taughannock Falls Room

Strategies for Successful Women

College is hard enough: finding the right major, getting good grades in your courses, and finding opportunities like internships and jobs, but it’s even more stressful when the semester feels like a constant competition. By addressing gender dynamics on college campuses, this session will discuss the benefits of creating a strong support system in a collaborative environment, and strategies build alliances with other women in and out of the classroom. Presented by Hanna Fuchs ‘19, National Conference for College Women Student Leaders 2017 IC representative Register for SLI Credit


Tuesday, March 19 at 6:00pm, Textor 103

LGBTQ Film Series Screening of Woman on Fire

Brooke Guinan was the first openly transgender firefighter in New York City. A third- generation firefighter, Brooke has a passion for heroism that runs in her blood. When Brooke transitions, it poses a challenge to a macho profession and to her family. Brooke and her boyfriend Jim, an Air Force veteran, realize that having the life they want means being vulnerable in the face of judgment. A heartfelt portrait of change in the American family and workplace, and a testament to love, courage, and loyalty. Register for SLI Credit


Wednesday, March 20, 4:00-5:00pm, Taughannock Falls Room

The Joy of Speaking Truth to Power

Zillah Eisenstein is one of the foremost political theorists and activists of our time. She has written feminist theory in North America for the past thirty-five years. After teaching Politics at Ithaca College for over 35 years, she is now Professor of Anti-Racist Feminist Theory, Emeritus. We are honored to have her present for the Women Leaders Series and share her stories about being an activist so that others can learn from her experiences.


Wednesday, March 20 8:00pm, Park 279

Standards and Stereotypes: How to Change Expectations of Women in the Workplace

This session will shed light on how women validate or invalidate themselves in a work environment, how to identify and combat different stereotypes, and speak to gender inequality on an inclusive and broader spectrum. Sponsored by IC Women in Communications


Thursday, March 21 12:10-1pm, Gannett 319

Is Your Network Working?

Make networking work for you. Focus on the process of creating meaningful connections through personal branding and networking skills. Presented by Delphia Howze, Director of Employee Relations and Development


Thursday, March 21 4:00-5:00pm, Taughannock Falls Room

Radical Candor: How to Live and Lead with Integrity

It is critical for leaders to be able to make tough decisions while also staying true to their core values. Using the frame of Kim Scott’s Radical Candor book, this session will guide students through discussion of values and how to embody those values in a leadership role. Presented by Jess Shapiro, Assistant Director of the Campus Center


Friday, March 22, 5:00-7:00pm, on Campus

Conversations & Connections

This event offers women a chance to eat a catered dinner and make connections with each other by sharing our stories and experiences through meaningful conversation. Conversations & Connections is open to IC students who identify as women, as well as faculty and staff participants in the Women's Mentoring Network. Registration information will be shared just prior to Spring Break. Co-sponsored by the Ithaca College BOLD Women's Leadership Network. REGISTRATION IS NOW FULL. Please enjoy the other 2019 Women Leaders Series events!


Saturday, March 23 9:00am-6:00pm in Seneca Falls, New York

Women in Leadership Experience (WILE)

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 NOW CLOSED, as this event filled quickly. Please enjoy the other 2019 Women Leaders Series events!


Tuesday, March 26 at 12:10-1:00 PM, Gannett 319

Empowered Women Empower Women: Supporting Others While Being True To Yourself

Women often feel overwhelmed in many aspects of their lives because of competing priorities and societal expectations to be and do ALL THE THINGS. As women (especially in an industry dominated by women), how do we support one another, be true to our goals and values, and use our specific strengths to stand out and benefit our team at the same time? Join us to hear how we navigate our very different paths to the same place professionally, how we strive to navigate the world while being true to ourselves, and learn how to use your specific strengths to tackle work and life challenges successfully. Presented by Bri Alderman, Associate Director of Admission, and Lisa Searle, Associate Director of Admission


Tuesday, March 26 at 6:00pm, Cayuga Lake Room

She's First- a first generation student panel

Join us for a panel discussion about IC experiences that contribute to first gen women students' success throughout college. The panelists will share stories about their own experiences as first generation students, resources they found for support, ways they made connections with other women, and services they used to enhance their personal well-being. Coordinated by Leticia Lynch ‘19


Tuesday, March 26 at 7:30pm, Textor 102

TIME for ILHAN Screening and Discussion

On November 8, 2016, a young, hijab-wearing mother-of-three named Ilhan Omar made history, becoming the first Somali Muslim woman to be elected to state office in America. She was hailed by the New York Times as, “one of the bright lights in the post-election darkness,” and the documentary film “TIME FOR ILHAN” intimately chronicles her hard-fought campaign for State Representative in Minnesota’s Senate District 60B, home to the nation’s largest Somali community. A fresh take on the old story of the American Dream, TIME FOR ILHAN offers an inspiring, stereotype-busting portrait of a rising political star as she begins a bold and powerful political career. Join IC Feminists United for this film screening and discussion with a special guest.


Wednesday, March 27 4:00-5:00pm, Taughannock Falls Room

White Women: The Failures and Successes of White Women in Activism and Leadership

For generations women have had to fight to have a seat at the table, sometimes meaning that they are fighting each other to do so. In an era where women’s activism is at the forefront of media, what can we learn about the ways white women have helped and harmed social justice movements for all women? This presentation will explore the history and current climate of women’s activism and ways that white women leaders have contributed both positively and negatively to all women’s rights. Presented by Maggie Wetter, Title IX Deputy Coordinator


Wednesday, March 27 at 5:00pm, Ithaca Falls Room

Started from the Bottom...Now We're Here

This session will feature a panel of Ithaca Women in Business Network executive board and general body members sharing their experiences in internships. They will discuss where they first started to where they are now, how they got there, and what has challenged them along the way. Join this conversation about women in the workplace to learn more about stories and how various internship experiences made the panelists stronger candidates for future roles, and how they navigated sexism in the workplace.


Thursday, March 28 3:00pm, Cayuga Lake Room

Queen Strength Panel Presentation

Learn about what Queen Strength means, what the overall mission of the group is, and listen to members share their stories about fitness and how it is important in their lives. There will also be an opportunity for attendees to share their experiences and stories, if they wish. Presented by Gabriela Urbaez-Mendez and Arietou Amadou-Wattara

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