Women's Leadership Summit

Upcoming Summit: Date TBD for 2018

Participation in the Summit provides women the opportunity to spend some time off-campus and explore leadership on a personalized level while beginning to feel more confident in their story. Along with an exciting theme, we always host an engaging keynote speaker and alumnae facilitators and panelists from various backgrounds.

During fall term 2017 an interest form will be made available to our undergraduate women and later in the term attendees will be selected and notified by 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 theme for 2016 focused on confidence, competence, and empowerment in the context of women's leadership.

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 five 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.