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2009 Leadership Institute for Women in Psychology

The Leadership Institute is designed to prepare, support, and empower women psychologists as leaders to promote positive changes in institutional and organizational life, with its prime objective to provide leadership training opportunities to mid-career and senior women psychologists in all of their diversities, including race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, and disability.

Year Two commenced in earnest on August 4, 2009 with a day-long workshop held in Toronto, Canada just prior to the APA Convention.  The goal of this leadership program is to prepare, support, and empower 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.  One of the primary priorities of the Institute is to ensure that leadership training opportunities are available for mid-career and senior women psychologists in all of their diversities, including race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, and disability.

The Year Two Class included thirteen mid-career women psychologists who work in academic and academic medical settings throughout the United States and also in Canada.  To see a list of the thirteen participants and to learn more about the LIWP Planning Committee and the August 4th program agenda, please visit:

The Year Two work-shop consisted of interactive modules on Leadership models, career goal-setting and planning, negotiation skills, mentoring networks and work-life integration.  Bimonthly Webinars, during which noted psychologists will present on issues regarding leadership scholarship and research, education, and development, will follow the August 4th meeting.  WPO staff will host these Webinars.  In addition, participants are encouraged to meet via telephone in small groups and as needed with LIWP faculty to discuss issues they are currently facing.  The second year Institute includes an in-person follow-up meeting to be held in March 2010.

The LIWP Planning Committee, Drs. Helen Coons (Chair), Lula Beatty, Jessica Henderson Daniel, Ruth Fassinger, Mary Casey Jacob, Nadine Kaslow, Susan McDaniel, Sandy Shullman, Karen Wyche, and Shari Miles-Cohen (APA staff liaison), developed the following program objectives which guide the LIWP planning:

  1. Ensure that mid-career and senior women in psychology have the knowledge and skills necessary to compete for leadership/management positions in academic and other professional settings.

  2. Enhance the number and effectiveness of women psychologists holding institutional leadership positions in academic and other professional settings.

  3. Increase the diversity of women psychologists in institutional leadership positions.

  4. Create networks of women psychologists in senior management/leadership positions in varied professional settings.