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The Women’s Leadership Initiative (WLI) webinars and podcasts bring together inspiring leaders to talk about challenges and successes. These powerful conversations will inspire our community to make an impact on the issues facing us at work, at home and in our communities.


Inspiring Women Leaders of Today and Tomorrow

On the Inspiring Women Leaders of Today and Tomorrow podcast, we talk to incredible women to hear about the challenges and opportunities in their rise through leadership. There’s no straight path or one way to success. By spotlighting various career journeys, we hope listeners will build increased confidence and courage to persist, wherever they might currently stand.
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Spotlight Webinars

Both/And in Women’s Leadership: Advancing Gender Equity from the Classroom to Boardroom

In the “Both/And in Women’s Leadership” webinar, Marianne Lewis, dean and professor of management in the University of Cincinnati’s Carl H. Lindner College of Business and Wendy Smith, Dana J. Johnson Professor of Management in the University of Delaware’s Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics, and a panel of leading businesswomen discuss how to advance gender equity from the classroom to the boardroom by reframing “either/or” scenarios into “#bothandthinking” which can lead to creative, lasting solutions.

The panel includes: Susan Alexander – Stanford Distinguished Careers Institute Fellow, Former CHRO at Sotheby’s; Liza Bartle – Senior Council for Board of Manufacturers, Delaware Manufacturing Association; Ashlee Carlisle – Data and Platforms Account Executive, Google; and Veta Richardson – President, CEO, Association of Corporate Counsel.

Lewis and Smith are co-authors of “Both/And Thinking: Embracing Creative Tensions to Solve Your Toughest Problems.” The event was co-sponsored by the University of Delaware’s Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics Women’s Leadership Initiative and Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance and the University of Cincinnati Lindner School of Business.

A Conversation with Veta Richardson

In this webinar, Veta Richardon, President and CEO of the Association of Corporate Counsel, joins Dr. Wendy Smith, Faculty Director of Women’s Leadership Initiative to discuss her new book, “Take Six: Essential Habits to Own Your Destiny, Overcome Challenges, and Unlock Opportunities.” Co-sponsored by Women’s Leadership Initiative at UD and The Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance.

Webinar Series

Leadership in Times of Crisis

The Leadership in Times of Crisis series provides skills for effective leadership at times when leading self and others takes on extraordinary importance, under extraordinary circumstances.

Topics include: a both/and mindset, managing conflict, communicating with impact, cultivating resilience and addressing racism.

Allyship, Advocacy & Accompliceship

The Allyship, Advocacy & Accompliceship series is motivated by current events around the world that highlight pervasive inequities that we must address. Webinars in this series provide key insights that advance our connections to each other and show us how to lift others up.

Topics include: advocating for women’s rights, cultivating male allyship, building allyship with people of color, advocating for LGBTQ rights and women as allies in the boardroom.

Trailblazers and Changemakers

The Trailblazers and Changemakers series hosts remarkable women whose journeys are transformational and whose work is shaping the future.

Topics include reshaping capitalism, rethinking power, launching a movement, black leadership, fighting for health equity and athletics.

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Upcoming Events

Women Leaders Case Series
Professor Amanda Bullough has edited the Women Leaders Case Series, teachable studies about real women leading people and organizational development.

Both/And Thinking
Both/And Thinking
Lerner professor Wendy Smith has co-authored a new book that explores the unique ability of both/and thinking to solve complex problems.