Women’s Leadership Institute Blog

Developing a Vision

January 10, 2022 - Amanda Guinot Talbot, PhD

For many of us, 2021 will be remembered as a year defined by ambiguity and uncertainty. And as we head into yet another year with the COVID-19 pandemic, polarizing political movements, and racial and social injustice compounding on top of already-existent personal and professional pressures, it makes sense that some of us may feel lost as to how we can move ourselves and our careers forward.

Trusted Advice

December 2, 2021 - Amanda Guinot Talbot, PhD

Who is a strong figure that has inspired you? What is the best advice you have received? When you reflect on this, you may think of a person, a story, or a quote. You may think of your grandmother, a friend, a colleague, or another inspirational figure. Whoever it is, let their life or best advice encourage you.

Strength Amid Struggle

November 2, 2021 - Amanda Guinot Talbot, PhD

Struggle. It is part of life. In the last 18 months, we have all had our fair share, coping with a pandemic and so much more. It is more than halfway through the Fall 2021 semester at Michigan State University, and I am so proud of our students who embody the Spartan Spirit of resilience and strength even during the most challenging times.

Women’s History Month

Women’s History Month

March 22, 2021 - Amanda Guinot Talbot, PhD and Liz Schondelmayer

This Women's History Month, the Women's Leadership Institute is celebrating all of the women who are making history by breaking barriers, igniting change and making the world a better place. One of these women we are continually inspired by is Dr. Nwando Achebe.

Celebrating Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Celebrating Ruth Bader Ginsburg

September 24, 2020 - Christine Mason Soneral and Alejandra Loaiza Delgado

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg used her sands of time wisely. She overcame extraordinary odds and became the second woman ever to be appointed a Supreme Court justice, where she solidified her legacy as a champion of gender and racial equity and a catalyst for social change.

Honoring Matt Hansen: He Didn’t Have To, But He Did.

September 16, 2020 - Christine Mason Soneral

What we lacked was a disciplined person to help plan and organize key meetings, assemble thoughts into substantive agendas, document important conversations and decisions, and help successfully execute program offerings.  That is, until we met our first male ally Matt Hansen.

Advancing Equity for All by Exercising Our 19th Amendment Voting Rights

August 26, 2020 - Christine Mason Soneral and Nicole Carter

This year marks an important evolution in women’s ability to participate in democracy—the 100 th anniversary of the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution which prohibits the states and federal government from using sex as a basis to deny citizens the right to vote. While worthy of observance, the right to vote for women did not come early, easily or equally.

5 ways higher education can be seen as hostile to women of color

July 14, 2020 - Amy Bonomi, PhD

Editor’s note: In 2019, Amy Bonomi, a women’s studies scholar, co-edited “Women Leading Change: Breaking the Glass Ceiling, Cliff, and Slipper.” The book examines the perspectives of 23 female leaders on issues of leadership and the challenges of confronting structural racism, bias and discrimination at colleges and universities. Here are five takeaways that Bonomi offers from her book about how higher education can be hostile toward the women of color who serve as college and university leaders.

U.S. Supreme Court Ruling:  Triumph for LGBT Rights

U.S. Supreme Court Ruling: Triumph for LGBT Rights

June 16, 2020 - Amy Bonomi, PhD and Amanda Guinot Talbot, PhD

The month of June marks a point of pride for Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Trans (LGBT) people and communities. The significance of June is linked to the Stonewall Riots, a series of spontaneous, violent demonstrations by the LGBT community following a police raid on June 28, 1969 of the Stonewall Inn, a gay club in New York City’s Greenwich Village. The Stonewall Riots served as the catalyst for the gay rights movement in the United States and globally.

Women’s Leadership Institute is in solidarity with Black communities

June 1, 2020 - Amy Bonomi, PhD and Amanda Guinot Talbot, PhD

The Women’s Leadership Institute (WLI) Executive Board at Michigan State University is saddened and outraged by the continued tolerance of racism, violence and traumatization of Black people and communities of color in the United States. 

Leading Through Crisis: Caring for the People You Lead

Leading Through Crisis: Caring for the People You Lead

March 20, 2020 - Amy Bonomi, PhD and Amanda Guinot Talbot, PhD

As humans, it is common to look to leaders for guidance, stability, and reassurance. In the workplace, in places of worship, when planning for the future, in political matters.

An Equal and Enabled World: Igniting Women Leaders on International Women’s Day

March 5, 2020 - Amy Bonomi, PhD and Amanda Guinot Talbot, PhD

March 8, 2020 is International Women’s Day! This year’s theme is #Each for Equal -- meaning an equal world is an enabled world.