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The WLI curriculum is organized around four main themes:

  1. Developing Knowledge of Self and Others
  2. Defining Leadership
  3. Developing Leadership Skills
  4. Practicing Leadership through Service
Alex Koller

Being a part of the WLI was more than a lesson in leadership. I learned that I was capable of more than I believed. The lessons I learned in WLI helped me lead other organizations while at Penn State and enter my graduate program knowing that I can express my thoughts and ideas confidently to a room full of people.

Alex Koller, WLI 2011-12

Student Experiences

WLI students participate in numerous experiences that help them to learn about themselves, gain awareness of leadership issues, and observe leadership in action. These experiences include:

  • Friday seminars and weekend workshops
  • Observations of and discussions about leadership in action
  • Readings and assignments that foster discussion, reflection, and interaction
  • Mentoring by leaders
  • A service experience
  • A field trip to interact with leaders in various career fields
  • Other special events throughout the year

Student Outcomes

Upon completion of the Women's Leadership Initiative, students will:

  • Express a personal leadership philosophy
  • Begin to develop a personal leadership style
  • Be able to articulate and practice the key dimensions of leadership in diverse cultures and contexts
  • Maintain existing and initiate new networks with leaders
  • Engage in continuous learning and improvement
  • Be willing to develop and nurture future leaders