CWP and WPO launch phase one of the Leadership Institute for Women in Psychology

On Thursday, September 27th, CWP and WPO hosted a well-attended leadership institute for women in psychology.

By Shari E. Miles-Cohen, Ph.D. 

On Thursday, September 27th, CWP and WPO hosted a well-attended leadership institute for women in psychology. The Institute’s mission is to empower, prepare, and support women psychologists as leaders to promote positive changes in institutional and organizational life and increase the diversity, number, and effectiveness of women psychologists as leaders. The Institute activities will support the goal to advance psychology as a science and profession and as a means of promoting health, education and human welfare.

The half-day program began with a keynote address given by Dr. Margaret Chesney, Deputy Director, NIH National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, entitled Women in Leadership -- The Ceiling is Breaking … but Watch Out for Falling Glass and a presentation on leadership by Dr. Sandra Shullman, Partner, Executive Development Group. Dr. Ruth Fassinger, Interim Chair and Professor, Department of Counseling and Personnel Services, University of Maryland, College Park, conducted the formal evaluation of leadership training needs for the twenty-nine mid-career women in attendance.

Participants were divided into four small groups for discussion. The practice group discussion facilitated by Board Member Dr. Jessica Henderson Daniel; the consulting/community group was facilitated by Mariam Kelty, formerly with the National Institute on Aging; CWP chair-elect Dr. Karen Wyche facilitated the academia discussion group; and the policy/government group was facilitated by Council of Representatives Women’s Caucus Chair-elect Dr. Sandy Shullman.

The meeting ended with a rich discussion of tools and resources that mid-career women psychologists can use to as they prepare for leadership roles. CWP will use this information to inform planning for phase two of the project, a quantitative survey of leadership development needs designed to reach a broader group of mid-career and senior women psychologists.

The Planning Committee is chaired by Helen L. Coons, PhD, CWP Member, and includes the following members: Jessica Henderson Daniel, PhD, Nadine Kaslow, PhD, Mary Casey Jacob, PhD, Sandra Shullman, PhD, Susan McDaniel, PhD, and Lula Beatty, PhD, CWP Liaison. The planning committee is staffed by Shari Miles-Cohen, PhD, and Leslie Cameron, both on the Women’s Programs Office staff.