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The Women’s Leadership Academy is a selective women’s professional program that promotes leadership in Emmanuel College students. Members learn certain skill sets that will help them become more competitive in their further education and in the workforce. The program is designed to produce strong, confident women leaders that are better able to lead others and advocate for themselves.
Allie Bleier, one of the student coordinators for the WLA, sees great value in a club so focused on producing strong women leaders. “Because Emmanuel was once an all girls school I think it is important for us as students to reflect on the values this school was built upon. We should look at the importance of the SNDs and their work to create strong, intelligent women leaders who go and improve our community,” says Bleier.
Open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors, students meet once every month for panels and seminars with women from our faculty and staff. Members are also expected to meet with mentors (also women from our faculty and staff) for “Snack Hours,” a social that will help students build relationships. “It’s all about making connections,” says Bleier.
The first meeting is set for September 30th and will be open to everyone on campus. Alumni will be returning to talk about their own past experiences as students at Emmanuel College back when it was girls-only and then during the transition into co-ed.
The Women’s Leadership Academy is a great opportunity for women eager to make a difference in their community. For any further information on the WLA, feel free to contact Allie Bleier or Adebukola Ajao, student coordinators, or advisor Cindy Miller.