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Leadership Development

The McNulty Institute provides opportunities for lifelong leadership skills development that position Villanova women to achieve leadership success and empower both women and men to enact social change.

Lorenzini Family Leadership Ambassador Program (for undergraduate and graduate students): In keeping with our vision to 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 has established a cohort of Student Leadership Ambassadors. Click here to learn more about the program and meet our current ambassadors.

In keeping with its mission to foster women’s advancement, The Anne Welsh McNulty Institute for Women's Leadership, in partnership with the College of Professional Studies, created a leadership development certificate (non-credit) geared towards “women in the middle.” The program builds on the participants’ experiences and interests to develop their leadership skills, and form their own unique path to leadership. Ideal for women who have five or more years of experience in either formal or informal roles, those seeking a career change, or those returning to the workforce—the Women's Leadership Development Certificate will help individuals build new skills, gain an awareness of systemic issues related to gender inequality, and explore ways to influence change. Click here for more information.

Bringing together change agents from across Villanova, participants work collaboratively in teams to resolve problem statements related to equity and advancement. Facilitators use the design studio method, which combines divergent (individual) and convergent (group) thinking, to help the teams develop a shared understanding of the problem statement, explore and iterate various solutions, and ultimately build consensus around a prototype solution. As an opportunity for both personal and professional development, Leadership Labs for Equity seek to increase participants awareness of the issues preventing—and develop strategies for achieving—greater equity and advancement for women in education, the workplace, and society. 

Click here for a menu of trainings and workshops available from the staff and experts of the McNulty Institute. All workshops are adapted to your needs and audience. Workshops are available for students, staff, faculty and the greater Villanova Community.

In partnership with the Villanova Women’s Professional Network, the Institute offers certified AAUW Salary Negotiation Workshops. Work Smart Workshops are designed for faculty, staff and graduate students. Start Smart Workshops are designed for undergraduate students. Visit our upcoming events page to see upcoming workshops. If you are interested in having a workshop facilitated for an existing group or organization, please email Danielle at to schedule a workshop.