Women’s Leadership Institute Blog

Women’s Leadership Institute Celebrates Growth in Second Year of Student Cohort Program

Women’s Leadership Institute Celebrates Growth in Second Year of Student Cohort Program

October 28, 2022

The Women’s Leadership Institute kicked off the beginning of the school year, and the second year of the cohort program’s existence, last month with its ‘No Club’ Book Club event with Lise Vesterlund. What was most apparent at the event, the Institute’s first in-person gathering since last spring, was the growth the group has experienced since its inception.

Welcome Back to Campus!

August 18, 2022 - Amanda Guinot Talbot, PhD

We want to extend a welcome back to our Women’s Leadership Institute supporters and are looking forward to another successful year. The WLI is excited to announce the addition of three new executive board members to our already impressive slate of women leaders, and we are looking forward to their contribution and inspiring leadership.

A WLI Board Member Reacts to the Roe v. Wade Decision

A WLI Board Member Reacts to the Roe v. Wade Decision

June 30, 2022 - Alejandra Loaiza Delgado

I could not concentrate at work; I could feel my heart rising and wonder to myself, "how is this possible?" I felt powerless; the Supreme Court of the United States overturned the constitutional right to an abortion that was guaranteed nearly 50 years ago by the decision in Roe v. Wade.

Pay Equity & Negotiation: Knowing Your Worth

May 2, 2022 - Amanda Guinot Talbot, PhD

It's well known that when doing the same job, women are on average paid less than men - and for women of color, this gap is even more pronounced. So, how can women advocate for ourselves and each other when it comes to negotiating pay?

Student research highlights the relationship between American identity and social contact with minoritized communities

April 7, 2022 - Liz Schondelmayer

What does it mean to be an American, how is this identity shaped and how does our identity inform our social relationships? These are all questions that graduate student Kelsey Osborne-Garth sought to answer during her time at Michigan State University through the MSU Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP).

Making a Case for Yourself

March 28, 2022 - Amanda Guinot Talbot, PhD

For many of us, making a case for ourselves in an academic and/or professional capacity can be a challenge: we want to appear authentic, yet polished; knowledgeable, yet teachable; and prepared, yet flexible - and we need to find a way to fit all of these traits and more on a one-page resume!

Working to Make a Difference with Brenda Becker

February 22, 2022 - Amanda Guinot Talbot, PhD

All of us have things we wish we could change, whether it be in our day-to-day lives or on a larger societal scale. But what we may not realize is that each of us has an innate power to make a difference - as long as we are willing to put in the work and learn as we go.

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.