Celebrating 2017 Cohort of Women & Leadership Program

In October, 15 remarkable women successfully completed Antioch University’s Women & Leadership Certificate, a 10-month leadership development program. This year marked the fourth cohort of Women & Leadership. Graduates presented their work to a crowd of supporters at a final residency event at AUSB, featuring poster sessions, panel discussions, a graduation ceremony, and a reception on the AUSB rooftop patio.



2017 Women & Leadership cohort projects:

  • Heather Bennett, Direct Relief: “Building A Cohesive and Successful Fundraising Team”
  • Lucy Berbeo and Anna Villaruel, SAGE Publications: “The Mosaic Initiative: optimizing diversity in our publishing program”
  • Andrea Ciafardini, Holistic Connections: “Women of Living Light: Practices and tools for mindful leadership”
  • Rachel Couch, CA Coastal Conservancy: “Expanding the reach of the Coastal Conservancy’s climate-ready community engagement program”
  • Tess Godinez, Sientra: “Sientra Cares: Women standing their ground in the battle against cancer” (patient-centric breast reconstruction resources)
  • Keri Ann Gross, Esq, Ventura Public Defenders Office: “Eradicating injustice using the law, love and dignity”
  • Marylou Hernandez (SBCC) and Christina MacGuire (Ventura County): “Initiating a Folklorico Dance Group at SBCC”
  • Lauren Jolda, LinkedIn: “Linked In For All: Your Link to Opportunity”
  • Jaime Marks, Clinical Research Coordinator: “aDRESS the Glass Ceiling: an initiative to support professional women through career transitions”
  • Maureen Murphy, SAGE Publications: “Global Production Strategy for SAGE Choice/Open Access”
  • Mallory Van Leeuwen, Cloudbreak Financial: “Creating and launching my own brand and approach to comprehensive wealth management”
  • Kari Weber, UCSB: “Got Cancer? Get Connected: accessible resources for young breast cancer patients”
  • Celia Wright, Housing Authority of SB: “Earn and Learn: An innovative summer youth employment program”

People hugging at ceremony

AUSB’s Women & Leadership Certificate is a hybrid program, designed for busy professional women who are ready to take their leadership to the next level of effectiveness, fulfillment and impact. The 2017 cohort began their journey together last January, completing three intensive residency sessions, two 5-month on-line courses, and individual leadership projects, designed to integrate and demonstrate their development as leaders. Along the way they’ve worked with distinguished guest speakers, panelists, mentors and instructors; become more conscious, values-based leaders; deepened their awareness and skill in navigating the unique challenges of being women in leadership; broadened their professional networks; and supported one another.

“We’re so proud of each of them and can’t wait to hear where their journeys lead next,” said program director Carol Tisson. “We’re thrilled by their successes, and with the support that they provide for one another even after graduation.”

Over the past four years, this program has become a robust accelerator of leadership effectiveness, “promotability,” and success for early-to-mid-career women. The 64 professionals who have participated in the program to date include leaders from business, non-profits, government, higher education and entrepreneurship. Graduates have successfully negotiated new jobs and raises, built successful teams, received significant promotions, led new initiatives within and beyond their organizations, started new businesses, run for office, stepped into board roles, and continued to support and mentor one another.

Join the 2018 cohort!

Applications are now being accepted for the 2018 cohort. If you are interested in learning more about generous scholarships, sponsoring women from your company or organization, or applying to be part of the 2018 program, please contact the Office of Admissions at [email protected].


Counseling and Collaboration in Western Massachusetts

Susan M. Quigley, PsyD and Elaine F. Campbell, PsyD, both graduated from Antioch New England’s Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program in 1999. They supported each other through their studies and collaborated on their doctoral dissertations. Over the years they’ve maintained a professional exchange and friendship that is a testament to its beginnings at Antioch.

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