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Anne Welsh McNulty Institute for Women's Leadership at Villanova University

Philadelphia, United States
The Anne Welsh McNulty Institute for Women’s Leadership fosters women’s advancement through education, research, advocacy, community-building and the collaborative creation of new knowledge.

Launched on October 26, 2017 with a keynote address from Anne-Marie Slaughter, the Institute will be a premier organization known for its groundbreaking scholarship, innovative programs and effectiveness in advancing women as leaders. It will create awareness, inspire actions and develop opportunities for Villanovans and the broader community to work together as a driving force for gender equity.

Dr. Terri Boyer in conversation with Anne Marie Slaughter at the Institute's launch

Anne Welsh McNulty speaks at the launch of the McNulty Institute

One of the most powerful ways to ignite change is to develop the next generation of passionate, ethical leaders.

Rev. Peter Donohue, President of Villanova University

1967: Villanova admits women to all academic programs.

1975: Anne Welsh McNulty graduates as Villanova’s undergraduate valedictorian.

January, 2016: The Anne Welsh McNulty Institute for Women’s Leadership is announced and endowed.

April, 2017: Teresa Boyer, formerly heading the Center for Women and Work at Rutgers, is named the Institute's Founding Director.

October, 2017: The Institute formally launches at Villanova University.

In addition to supporting new research and leadership development opportunities, the Institute for Women's Leadership will act as a centralized resource where students, alumni, faculty and staff can find academic, extracurricular and professional programs that will stimulate conversations about women in leadership and develop the skills and experiences that can help women excel in their chosen fields and act as agents of change.

Through a vibrant interdisciplinary environment, it will engage faculty and students in scholarship, and will establish opportunities for lifelong skills development that empower both women and men to enact social change. The Institute will cultivate a climate in which Villanovans speak out to challenge gender-based assumptions and advocate for policy change, leading to a better and more equal society.

When I went to Villanova, women were convinced rapid change and progress would continue much more quickly. Now more than ever, we need to focus on how we develop and elevate women as leaders.

Anne Welsh McNulty

Recognize, support and disseminate research on women and leadership
Develop leadership skills of Villanovans through rigorous leadership and academic programs.
Facilitate connections and build support networks throughout the Villanova community and beyond. 

Raise awareness, promote policy change and establish environments where gender equity flourishes. 

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