LIWP Events

Year Seven Follow-up — March 25-26, 2015

2015 March Follow-OnOn March 25-26, 2015, the Women's Programs Office (WPO) was pleased to welcome 41 mid-career women psychologists back to APA headquarters for the 7th annual APA Leadership Institute for Women in Psychology (LIWP) March Follow-on Workshop. (To see a list of Class 7 members and to learn more about the APA LIWP Executive Committee and its subcommittees, please visit the APA LIWP webpage. The March 2015 Program Agenda included modules on advocacy, managing fiscal resources and navigating personnel challenges, and individual/small group coaching on leadership challenges selected by the participants.

WPO worked with Amalia Corby-Edwards, senior legislative and federal affairs officer, and her colleagues in the APA Public Interest-Government Relations Office to formally incorporate a full-day of experiential advocacy training into the spring program. Held in APA’s Capitol View Conference Center, this year’s training focused on human trafficking and included a presentation by Corby-Edwards on the U.S. Congress and why advocacy matters for psychologists. The APA LIWP participants received briefing materials drawn from APA’s Task Force Report on Trafficking of Women and Girls. After learning more about the issue they engaged in role-play to better hone their newly-gained advocacy skills before lunch on Capitol Hill and an afternoon of meetings with congressional staff to advocate for the passage of anti-human trafficking legislation.

The APA LIWP Follow-on workshop moved to Gallaudet University’s Kellogg Conference Hotel for the second day of programming, which began with the participants sharing with their colleagues the progress they had made toward achieving the leadership goals they set for themselves during their first meeting back in August 2014 (PDF, 177KB). From earning promotions to department chair, dean and provost, to directing new centers, to serving in APA governance, to securing new grant funding, to identifying new platforms to advocate for social justice issues (see Coble-Temple, Ms. Wheelchair California) the members of Class 7 have been using the tools received and networks established during this year to achieve their expressed leadership goals.

In addition the leadership updates, the women psychologists also participated in an intense financial and budgetary management seminar conducted by Nancy Pina, deputy chief financial officer for Accounting Operations, and Michelle Laino, deputy chief financial officer for Budget and Financial Analysis.

The highlight of the two-day workshop may have been the address from 2015 APA Past President Nadine Kaslow, PhD, ABPP, entitled, “Leadership: Lessons Learned.” Kaslow’s remarks about the lessons she has learned on her own leadership journey brought the audience to its feet.

The participants completed this year’s training by identifying new leadership goals to guide their ongoing professional and personal development.

Faculty for the 2015 March Follow-on included (in alphabetical order): Lula Beatty*, PhD, Kate Brown*, PhD, Amalia Corby-Edwards, Jessica Henderson Daniel*, PhD, Elena Eisman, PhD, Ruth Fassinger*, PhD, Kaslow*, Jennifer Kelly, PhD, Michelle Laino, Shari Miles-Cohen, PhD, Pina and Sandy Shullman*, PhD.

The APA LIWP is committed to cultivating a cohort of women psychologist leaders to promote positive changes in institutional and organizational life, to increase the diversity, number and effectiveness of women psychologists as leaders, and to encourage their desire, skills, experience and vision to be change agents in their communities and for the field of psychology. If you have questions about the APA LIWP or you would like more information about Women’s Programs Office activities, please contact our office via email or telephone at (202) 336-6044.

*Note: Asterisk denotes APA LIWP Executive Committee membership; Shullman, chair, Brown, vice chair and Miles-Cohen, staff liaison.

Year Six Follow-up — March 20, 2014

6th Annual APA LIWP (Credit: Ms. Kari Hill)

Sixth Annual APA LIWP (Credit: Kari Hill)

On March 20, 2014, the sixth annual APA Leadership Institute for Women in Psychology (LIWP) Spring Follow-on program convened at APA headquarters in Washington, D.C. 

The Year Six Institute Spring Follow-on program consisted of interactive modules on managing fiscal resources, navigating personnel challenges and individual coaching on a specific challenge selected by each participant. Planning is underway for the seventh annual APA LIWP to be held in Washington D.C., August 2014.

Year Six — Oct. 29-31, 2013

On Oct. 29-31, 2013, the sixth annual APA Leadership Institute for Women in Psychology, which was expanded to include a third day, convened in Washington, D.C.

The Year Six Institute October program consisted of interactive modules on leadership models, career goal-setting and planning, negotiation skills, mentoring networks and work-life integration. The Sixth Year Institute also includes an in-person follow-up meeting scheduled for March 2014 where participants revisit their leadership goals and participate in an intense financial and budgetary management seminar.

Year Five Follow-up — March 14, 2013

The Leadership Institute for Women in Psychology is designed to prepare, support and empower women psychologists as leaders to promote positive changes in institutional and organizational life, with its prime objective to provide leadership training opportunities to mid-career and senior women psychologists in all of their diversities, including race/ethnicity, sexual orientation and disability. 

On March 14, at APA headquarters, faculty and members of the Year Five Class of the Leadership Institute for Women in Psychology participated in a full-day follow-on workshop to continue their work on the path to future leadership positions. The program agenda (PDF, 25KB) included modules on managing fiscal resources, navigating personnel challenges, and individual coaching on a specific challenge selected by each participant.

Year Five — July 30-Aug. 1, 2012

The fifth annual Leadership Institute for Women in Psychology (LIWP), convened on July 30-Aug. 1, 2012, in Orlando. The year five LIWP focused on the leadership training needs of 25 mid-career women psychologists who are APA members in good standing, at least 10 years post-PhD, PsyD or EdD; and, hold the rank of Associate Professor or above in academic and academic medical settings. WPO was especially pleased that Antonette Zeiss, PhD, Chief Consultant, Office of Mental Health Services in the VA Central Office, addressed this year’s LIWP on Aug. 1, 2012. 

The Year Five institute consisted of interactive modules on leadership models, career goal-setting and planning, and negotiation skills, mentoring networks and work-life integration. Bimonthly webinars, during which noted psychologists will present on issues regarding leadership scholarship and research, education and development, will follow the August meeting. WPO staff will host these webinars. In addition, participants are encouraged to meet via telephone in small groups and as needed with LIWP faculty to discuss issues they are currently facing. The third year Institute also includes an in-person follow-up meeting scheduled for March 2013 where participants revisit their leadership goals and participate in an intense financial and budgetary management seminar. 

The LIWP Planning Committee, Helen Coons, PhD, (chair), Lula Beatty, PhD, Jessica Henderson Daniel, PhD, ABPP, Ruth Fassinger, PhD, Mary Casey Jacob, PhD, Nadine Kaslow, PhD, ABPP, Susan McDaniel, PhD, ABPP, Sandy Shullman, PhD, Karen Wyche, MSW, PhD, and Shari Miles-Cohen, PhD, (APA staff liaison), developed the following program objectives which guide the LIWP planning:

  1. Ensure that mid-career and senior women in psychology have the knowledge and skills necessary to compete for leadership/management positions in academic and other professional settings.
  2. Enhance the number and effectiveness of women psychologists holding institutional leadership positions in academic and other professional settings.
  3. Increase the diversity of women psychologists in institutional leadership positions.
  4. Create networks of women psychologists in senior management/leadership positions in varied.
  5. Document the career movement and professional advancement, as well as the perceived impact of the LIWP among participants. 

Finally, CWP and the WPO hosted a reunion breakfast for the members of class one, two and three, where members reconnected, networked and learned about the LIWP Fund, which is being established through the American Psychological Foundation to ensure the LIWP is available to women psychologists in all employment sectors in the future. 

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