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Villanova University offers an inclusive environment for leadership development, including a deep commitment to recognizing and promoting the pivotal roles and perspectives women leaders contribute to all industries and fields.

The Anne Welsh McNulty Institute for Women’s Leadership fosters women’s advancement through education, advocacy, community-building and the collaborative creation of new knowledge.

In addition to supporting new research and leadership development opportunities, the Institute for Women's Leadership will act as a centralized resource where students, alumni, faculty and staff can find academic, extracurricular and professional programs that will stimulate conversations about women in leadership and develop the skills and experiences that can help women excel in their chosen fields and act as agents of change. Click here for more information on our mission and vision.


The Anne Welsh McNulty Institute for Women’s Leadership fosters women’s advancement through education, advocacy, community‐building and the collaborative creation of new knowledge. We believe gender equity is central to the common good, and are committed to developing leaders in the Augustinian tradition of self‐understanding in the pursuit of a just and peaceful world.


The Anne Welsh McNulty Institute for Women’s Leadership will be nationally recognized as a premier organization known for its groundbreaking scholarship, innovative programs and effectiveness in advancing women as leaders. The Institute will create awareness, inspire actions and develop opportunities for Villanovans to work together as a driving force for gender equity.

To that end:

  • We will build a vibrant interdisciplinary research environment to engage faculty and students in scholarship related to women’s leadership and the broader field of Gender and Women’s Studies, which will lead to transformative thinking and inform policy change.

  • We will establish opportunities for lifelong skills development that position Villanova women to achieve leadership success and empower both women and men to enact social change.

  • We will create a climate that fosters new opportunities and connections within Villanova and the broader community in order to mentor, network, exchange knowledge and inspire the development of women leaders.

  • We will cultivate an environment in which Villanovans speak out to challenge gender-based assumptions and advocate for policy changes, leading to a better and more equal society.

The McNulty Institute will provide a broad set of programming that serves Villanova students, faculty, staff and alumni.

  • Research and Knowledge Development: Recognize, support and disseminate research on women and leadership.

  • Capacity Building and Skills Development: Develop leadership abilities of Villanovans through rigorous leadership and academic programs.

  • Networking and Enabling Connections: Facilitate connections and build support networks throughout the Villanova community and beyond. 

  • Advocacy: Raise awareness about obstacles to women’s leadership within social and institutional structures as well as within individuals; promote policy changes to help eliminate those obstacles and establish environments where gender equity flourishes. 

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Dr. Terri Boyer, Founding Director

Terri Boyer, EdD, ’95 CLAS has been appointed as the founding director of the Anne Welsh McNulty Institute for Women’s Leadership and an associate professor of Education and Counseling, effective July 31. An innovative leader in economic and social equity for women, Dr. Boyer previously served as executive director of the Center for Women and Work and as an assistant research professor at Rutgers University.

Dr. Boyer is an accomplished author who has published widely on educational and workforce equity, institutional reform for equity, women’s education and leadership, the effectiveness of equity programs, and assessment and teacher training. She is a skilled researcher who has secured substantial federal, state and private grant funds to support critical work on the issues of the advancement of women and gender equity. Known as an outstanding professor, Dr. Boyer has taught classes on working women in America, work-life balance, leadership development, youth and work, and career planning and development.

Dr. Boyer holds a doctorate in Education and a Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration from the University of Alabama. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education from Villanova, and she received the Medallion of Excellence from the Department of Education and Counseling the year she graduated.

View Dr. Boyer's media expert profile to see her latest news interviews and media areas of expertise. Dr. Boyer can be reached at

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Danielle DeWeese, Assistant Director

Danielle DeWeese, MA, joined the Anne Welsh McNulty Institute for Women’s Leadership as its Assistant Director in summer 2018. Her commitment to social equality and advocating for more inclusive models of leadership have guided her work over the last decade, first in corporate marketing and now as a higher education professional.

After receiving a BSBA in Marketing at the University of Arizona, Danielle spent four years at Questex Media Group, a global multimedia and event firm in New York City working in client relations, data analytics, and event management. Recognizing her passion for working in higher education, Danielle then received her Masters of Arts in Higher Education and Student Affairs from the University of Connecticut where she specialized in facilitating high-impact leadership development initiatives and conducted research around the experience of students of color in campus involvement.

She most recently served as the Assistant Director of Student Involvement and Leadership at Drexel University where she received recognition for her work in developing student-centered leadership programs and expanding service learning opportunities on and off campus. Danielle can be reached at