Institute for Women's Leadership

In January 2019, President Mike Lovell announced Marquette's newest research initiative, the Institute for Women's Leadership, overseen by the Office of Research and Innovation. The new Institute was made possible thanks to a generous $5 million donation from the Thomas J. Rolfs Family Foundation. The goal of the Institute will be to advance research in the area of gender inequality, and create programming and training opportunities for women in leadership, both on campus and in the larger community.

Mission & Vision 

The mission of the Institute for Women’s Leadership at Marquette University is to advance women’s leadership locally and globally through pioneering research, innovative programming, and collaborative engagement.

Our vision is one of intersectional inclusivity and gender equity. As advocates for justice, we will engage, inspire and transform students, faculty, and community leaders as we:

  • Create an interdisciplinary and vibrant research environment that equitably and inclusively supports faculty and students as they engage in impactful, transformative scholarship.
  • Serve as an incubator for innovative leadership initiatives that challenge the barriers to the advancement of women, while embracing intersectionality, as we seek to reduce inequities across institutional structures.
  • Cultivate multigenerational connections through mentoring and leadership programming that reaches down to high school students, out to university students and faculty, and up to external stakeholders including corporations, nonprofits and community associations

                                   Engage. Inspire. Transform.


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Leadership Team 

The director of the IWL will be Professor Andrea Schneider of the Marquette Law School. Dr. Jean Grow of the Diederich College of Communication and Dr. Jennica Webster of the College of Business Administration will serve as co-directors, with the help of Sasha Parsons Waters of Marquette's Women's Innovation Network. 


October 3, 2019 - Institute for Women's Leadership Kickoff Event 
4pm-6pm, 707 Hub

Join us at the 707 Hub for refreshments, remarks, and fellowship as we celebrate the kickoff of the Institute for Women's Leadership! Learn more and RSVP here

Feedback welcome!

Fill out a feedback form online to tell us what YOU think the IWL should look like!

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