The annual CWP Leadership Institute for Women in Psychology

The 2010-2011 LIWP starts off with a two-day pre-convention workshop in San Diego, CA

The Leadership Institute for Women in Psychology (LIWP) 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.

The third annual CWP Leadership Institute for Women in Psychology (LIWP), now expanded to a second day, convened on August 10-11, 2010 in San Diego, California. The year three LIWP focused on the leadership training needs of 25 mid-career women psychologists who are APA members in good standing, at least 10 years post-PhD, PsyD, or EdD; and, hold the rank of Associate Professor or above in academic and academic medical settings.  WPO was especially pleased that Dr. Pamela T. Reid, President, Saint Joseph College, addressed this year’s LIWP on August 11, 2010 (To see a list of the twenty-five participants and to learn more about the LIWP Planning Committee and the August 10th-11th program agenda, please visit the LIWP webpage.

The Year Three Institute consists 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 present on issues regarding leadership scholarship and research, education, and development, will follow the August 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 Third Year Institute also includes an in-person follow-up meeting scheduled for March 2011 where participants revisit their leadership goals and participate in an intense financial and budgetary management seminar.

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. 

  5. Document the career movement and professional advancement, as well as the perceived impact of the LIWP among participants.

Finally, CWP and the WPO hosted a reunion breakfast for the members of classes 1, 2, and 3, where members reconnected, networked, and learned about the LIWP Fund, which is being established through the American Psychological Foundation (APF) to ensure the LIWP is available to women psychologists in all employment sectors in the future.  To learn more about the LIWP Fund, please visit the LIWP webpage.