About IWL

The Institute for Women’s Leadership (IWL) at Nichols College was founded in 2013 under the direction of President Susan Engelkemeyer and the Board of Trustees. Developing intelligent, ethical leaders of tomorrow has long been the driving purpose of Nichols College. The IWL is now an integral part of that goal, in recognition of the unique leadership potential that exists within each of our female students.

The mission of the IWL:

Through campus initiatives, industry partnerships, research analysis, and thought leadership, the Institute for Women’s Leadership at Nichols College focuses on the issues and challenges impacting women in business, with goals of

  • developing the leadership potential of students, and
  • serving as a resource and authoritative voice on women’s leadership for the community at large

We invite students, staff, faculty, and members of the community to join us in our mission and in our conversations about women and leadership. Comment on our blog, follow us on Twitter, read what women leaders have to say, and learn about the state of women’s leadership. The IWL will also host periodic events, which will be posted here. And, of course, contact us at any time with comments or suggestions.


Pictured above are Faculty Director Jean Beaupre (far left) and Special Projects Coordinator Megan Woodruff (far right) along with the 2014-15 Student Advisory Panel (standing, left to right): Gina Petruzzi, Rachel Dalrymple, Kasie Chapin, Alexandra Vojtila, Kerry Postale, Samantha Barrett, and Alexandra Morrow; (seated, left to right): Mary Daly, Alyssa Bufis, Katharine Davis, and Lindsey Oliver. (Not pictured: Shannon Heafey.)