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2009 Pro>Active Publications


Journal ofWomen in Educational Leadership, Vol. 7, No. 3-JuJy 2009 ISSN: 1541-6224


Much like other women I know, I have been more hesitant and cautious in responding to a call to lead than I care to admit. I have, however, been blessed with strong supporters and mentors. And, I have been provided with relevant leadership opportunities. Because of the support and experi- ences, I have finally arrived at a point in my career where I am not only anx- ious to lead but am also anxious to encourage other women to lead. I had my first real tangible opportunity to provide encouragement to others through the implementation of the Midwest Women's Leadership Institute.

The Midwest Women's Leadership Institute did not occur by chance nor did it happen quickly. Rather, it was the direct result of the work, support, and dedication of a number of people committed to strengthening leader- ship opportunities for women in higher education. And, for our institution, it began in earnest with the arrival of a new president in 2002.