Women in Leadership Initiative

The Women in Leadership Cohort is a yearly opportunity for undergraduate women at Bellarmine.  Each Fall, undergraduate women are invited to attend a Fall Retreat focused on the unique challenges and strengths of leadership through an intersectional approach.  Each March,  female students are invited to attend a Women in Leadership Celebration Banquet , which celebrates personal and professional growth of women at Bellarmine University.

This initiative was born out of the Women in Leadership Conference which supported and celebrated the following core tenants:

  1. Mentorship
  2. Professional Development
  3. Inspiration
  4. Leadership Development
  5. Exchange of Ideas

The event originated with the alignment of several factors. Early in the 21st century, Bellarmine University had a vested interest in developing the leadership skills of students as civic leaders, and it was during this period that the idea for the conference occurred.

When the idea of giving specific focus to female leadership development was first proposed to the campus, there was immediate support for the concept, since 65% of the student population at that time was female. At the first effort toward a larger leadership development initiative, the Division of Student Affairs decided to produce the Women in Leadership Conference by forming a committee of ten Bellarmine students, faculty and administrators who began planning the inaugural conference in October 2004.

In recognition of Women’s History Month, the University now hosts our Celebration Banquet to recognize students, faculty, staff, and community members who exhibit the core tenants in their lives. 

Women in Leadership Cohort Gatherings

In addition to the Fall retreat and Spring banquet, women are invited to attend 1-2 cohort gatherings per month.  These times are meant to provide continued support and professional development growth in collaboration with campus departments, community organizations, and young Alumnae of Bellarmine University.