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Women's Leadership Institute

The Women’s Leadership Institute helps promote and support women at Auburn, during their college years and beyond.

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Meet the Women’s Leadership Institute

Auburn Women's Leadership Institute is for everyone!

Did you know that women's leadership has been present on Auburn's campus for a remarkable 15 years? It's a fact! Over this period, various focal points have shaped the WLI initiative. After the challenges posed by the post-covid landscape, the reins of Leadership Program Director were assumed by Julia Wiard. Recognizing a crucial gap in WLI's scope - the student perspective - she embarked on a journey to recalibrate the program. This evolution led to a renewed emphasis on catering to the needs of the student community, extending opportunities beyond the classroom. WLI's redesigned mission now revolves around nurturing leadership through mentorship, collaboration, and impactful experiences.

An integral part to the Women’s Leadership Institute is the Student Advisory Board. The board was born out of the need for a space on campus where women with a different majors, experiences, and backgrounds can come together to discuss areas of strength, weakness, and improvement of leadership opportunities for women. It actively serves to establish relationships among board members and with other women on campus.

Developing leaders is our core mission, guiding individuals towards their full potential through skill-building, self-awareness, and collaboration. Through mentorship, we aim to cultivate meaningful relationships that bridge knowledge gaps, provide guidance, and inspire personal and professional growth. By fostering collaboration among Auburn women, we create a dynamic community that harnesses diverse strengths to tackle challenges, spark innovation, and uplift one another. Our aim is to promote leadership across Auburn's campus, fostering a culture where every voice is empowered to lead, inspire, and drive positive change.

Women's Leadership congratulates Student Advisory Board new members

List of WLI 2023-2024 Student Advisory Board

The Women's Leadership Institute Student Advisory Board is comprised of undergraduate women who will serve to support and promote the Women's Leadership Institute. The students selected serve a year-long term (September-August) and attend monthly board and committee meetings and select WLI events during the academic year.

The WLI Student Advisory Board originated from a need on campus for a space where women from various majors, experiences, and backgrounds could unite. This space facilitates discussions about strengths, weaknesses, and enhancing leadership opportunities for women. Additionally, it actively fosters relationships among board members and other women on campus.

Congrats to our 2023-2024 board!


Women's Leadership thanks breast cancer event supporters

People standing in front of pink Gene Machine busThe Women’s Leadership Institute wishes to thank the campus community, event sponsors, and volunteers for their support of our Breast Cancer Awareness Event on Oct 21, 2021. This event, featuring the Auburn University Gene Machine, provided an opportunity to celebrate and honor those impacted by breast cancer, as well as bring awareness to the research and outreach being done by Auburn University faculty, staff, students and alumni.

We would like to thank our campus and community partners and sponsors for helping to make this event happen, including East Alabama Medical Center, Women's Initiatives and Gender Equity, Zeta Tau Alpha, Women's and Gender Studies and Phi Delta Chi.


WLI Spotlight Series Nominate Someone for Women's Leadership Institute Spotlight Series

Nominations are open for our WLI spotlight series. WLI recognizes students, faculty and alumnae who make an impact on Auburn's campus and within our community. Nominations are accepted via our online submission form.   







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