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SMWC offers Graduate Certificate in Women’s Leadership

News | 06.22.2020

Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College (SMWC) will introduce its newest post-graduate program to start in August, the Graduate Certificate in Women’s Leadership (GCWL). This eight-week certificate program will provide students with opportunities to learn skills crucial in the development of leadership. Ideal applicants can have an undergraduate degree in various fields.

The GCWL began as an idea in 2019 from Lamprini Pantazi, Ph.D., director of master of leadership development at SMWC. Pantazi said, “Women as strong leaders bring a unique perspective to any organization. To flourish as a leader, women need to build self-awareness, leverage an empowering network, embrace diversity and use technology to become a better communicator and problem-solver. This unique hybrid immersion program will provide them with the tools they need to add value to their organization. They will discover their leadership style, their strengths and their potential. At The Woods, they will find their voice and own the room.”

This unique hybrid immersion program begins with students arriving on campus on Friday evening and staying until Sunday afternoon. Then students will work with instructors online through a learning management system. Additionally, students will have an assigned advisor through the duration of the eight weeks.

Research shows that although women make up 47% of the workforce, only 6% of companies have women CEO’s. In addition, women make up 50.8% of the U.S. population, earning 57% of undergraduate degrees and make up 52.5% of the college-educated workforce. However, women lag substantially in leadership positions.

Brennan Randolph, vice president for enrollment management and institutional technology, expressed his excitement. “This is just another incredible program that we have added for this fall. I appreciate Dr. Pantazi’s diligence in getting this certificate program launched. It is a great addition to SMWC.”

The Graduate Certificate in Women’s Leadership learning outcomes will be:

  • Ability to leverage data visualizations to communicate better
  • Demonstrate an understanding of leadership style and strengths
  • Understand the importance of supportive networks
  • Ability to promote a culture of civility among team members
  • Ability to lead with confidence, courage and conviction

For more information on the Graduate Certificate in Women’s Leadership, visit smwc.edu/gcwl or email admissions@smwc.edu. Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College is Indiana’s oldest Catholic college, established in 1840. SMWC is listed among the Best Regional Universities in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report and was second in the nation to add distance education programming in 1973.