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3rd Cohort

Leadership Cohort III
In November 2008, a third leadership cohort convened providing yet another group of women with a unique leadership experience.

Leadership Cohort III is comprised of four associate professors and one assistant professor, all of whom have been recently tenured. All five women are from STEM departments (Chemistry and Biochemistry, Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Statistics and Mechanical Engineering). The focus of Cohort III is on leadership development pertaining to academic advancement and skills training in order to effect departmental and institutional transformative change.

Activities included the following:

  • Regular monthly meetings during which members discussed departmental and institutional barriers and opportunities, ideas for future activities and career advancement, specifically promotion to full professor.
  • “Behind closed doors” session with Dr. Maria Klawe, President of Harvey Mudd College, to discuss top-level university leadership and strategies for improving department climates for women in STEM.
  • “Becoming a Person of Influence” workshop with Jo Miller, CEO of Women’s Leadership Coaching, Inc., which taught members to use various methods of influence to assert themselves in their departments and the broader university community.
  • Private session with UMBC President Freeman Hrabowski during which he presented his case study on academic leadership developed for The Harvard Seminar for New Presidents.