Women's Leadership Summit

Upcoming Summit: Friday, January 15 - Saturday, January 16, 2016

Participation in the Summit provides women the opportunity to travel to Hotel Roanoke and explore leadership on a personalized level while beginning to feel more confident in their story. The theme for 2016 focuses on confidence, competence, and empowerment in the context of women's leadership. Along with an exciting theme, I can promise you an engaging keynote speaker and alumnae panelists from varied backgrounds.

Interested women should complete an interest form before December 11, 2015. Attendees will be notified prior to January 1, 2016 and questions can be directed to Megan Hobbs, Assistant Dean of Students and Dean of Sophomores.

History of the Summit

Please take an inside look at the 2014 WLS by browsing our Storify.

The first annual Women’s Leadership Summit was in 2009 with the intention of creating a forum where our women students (undergraduate and law) would explore the history and culture of women’s leadership, participate in leadership skill-building exercises, and be mentored by women faculty, staff, and members of the Board of Trustees.  

Over the past four years the Summit has grown to include seventy participants in addition to the summit facilitators and guest speakers.  Every year we engage a handful of alumnae that are eager to share powerful stories and elements of their experience that align with what our current female students are interested in discussing.  The overall message is often about the importance of women supporting and appreciating all levels of women in leadership.

As one might assume, expected outcomes change slightly depending on the year; however, the Summit continues to provide a foundation for discussion to continue about the culture of women’s leadership on our campus - while also creating a network of Washington and Lee women that are passionate about their personal leadership development.