Kansas Women's Leadership Institute


“The women that I have met through KWLI have transformed the way I view the world as a whole.  If you follow the media, it is easy to become disheartened, but by connecting in great ways with these amazing women from Pakistan, Egypt, India, Morocco and more I believe in the leadership potential throughout the world!”

Erika Dvorske, United Way of Douglas County

“Although I had been involved with the Leadership Studies Minor for several semesters, my introduction to the Kansas Women’s Leadership Institute came through a mentoring opportunity with a member of the 2014 class.  To say that it was an honor and privilege to get to know Namra and her fellow KWLI participants is an understatement.  One needs only a basic awareness of international events to appreciate the challenging circumstances from which the international women come, yet they present such optimism for a future vastly different from their present realities.  To watch the women use the tools within the adaptive leadership philosophy to develop their voices and strengthen their resolve to effect change in the face of such enormous odds left me with a sense of hope that the headlines will change as this new generation of dynamic, passionate, ethical, and involved leaders rise and thrive.”

Dr. Amy Leyerzapf, KU Leadership Studies Minor