The Annual APA Leadership Institute for Women in Psychology

The institute prepares, supports, and empowers women psychologists as leaders to promote positive changes in institutional and organizational life

Participants of the Year Four LIWP get to work on leadership training at the 4th annual APA Leadership Institute for Women in Psychology (credit: Ms. Kari Hill)The Call for Applications for the Year Five Class, APA LIWP 2012-2013 will be issued in January 2012.

The APA 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 APA LIWP Executive 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 APA LIWP planning: 

  1. Ensure that mid-career and senior women in psychology have the knowledge and skills necessary to compete for leadership/senior management positions in academic, practice, and other professional settings as well as APA and APA and State, Provincial and Territorial Psychological Association (SPTA) governance. 

  2. Enhance the number and effectiveness of women psychologists holding leadership positions in academic, practice, and other professional settings as well as APA and SPTA governance. 

  3. Increase the diversity of women psychologists in academic, practice, and other leadership positions as well as APA and SPTA governance. 

  4. Create networks of women psychologists in leadership/senior management positions in varied professional settings including APA and SPTA governance. 

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

On August 1-3, 2011, the fourth annual APA Leadership Institute for Women in Psychology (LIWP), which was expanded to include a third day, convened in Washington, DC. The 2011-2012 APA LIWP is focused on the leadership training needs of 43 mid-career women psychologists who are APA members in good standing, at least 10 years post-PhD, PsyD, or EdD in academic, academic medical, clinical, or consulting settings. (To see a list of the forty-three participants and to learn more about the APA LIWP Executive Committee and the August 1-3 program agenda, please visit the webpage.)

Dr. Dorothy W. Cantor, addresses the Year Four APA LIWP during the Leadership Luncheon on August 3, 2011 (credit: Ms. Kari Hill)The Year Four Institute August program consisted of interactive modules on leadership models, career goal-setting and planning, negotiation skills, mentoring networks and work-life integration.  This year’s APA Leadership Luncheon featured an address by Dr. Dorothy W. Cantor, President of the American Psychological Foundation (APF) on August 3, 2011. Bimonthly Webinars, during which noted psychologists present on issues regarding leadership scholarship and research, education, and development, will follow the August meeting.  In addition, participants are encouraged to meet via telephone in small groups and as needed with APA LIWP faculty to discuss issues they are currently facing.  The Fourth Year Institute also includes an in-person follow-up meeting scheduled for March 2012 where participants revisit their leadership goals and participate in an intense financial and budgetary management seminar.

APF LIWP Fund

Her Excellency Dr. Paulette A. Bethel at the first APF LIWP Fund Breakfast at the St. Regis Hotel in Washington, D.C. (credit: Ms. Kari Hill)On August 4, 2011, the APA LIWP Executive Committee and the APF LIWP Fund hosted a fundraiser breakfast at the St. Regis hotel in Washington, DC. Her Excellency Dr. Paulette Bethel, Ambassador/Permanent Representative of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas to the United Nations, addressed the audience on gender equality and the empowerment of women.