Center for Women's Leadership

Increasing women's leadership capacity by offering training and development programs uniquely designed to address issues that women face in leading organizations.

The Center for Women's Leadership (CWL) helps people and organizations better understand the issue of gender dynamics. Through scholarship, applied research and experiential learning we promote understanding and capacity to overcome the barriers women often face when exercising leadership. The CWL increases women's leadership capacity by offering training and development programs and examining the complex social forces most relevant to women and leadership.

The study of women and leadership is at a tipping point. We are in need of new conversations around gender and leadership, and we need to explore the 21st Century challenges that women are facing in their roles as leaders. The future is changing and our approach to preparing men and women for leadership roles must change as well. The CWL aims to to reexamine existing perspectives on gender dynamics and leadership and create new ways of understanding, knowing and practicing leadership.

How does the Center for Women's Leadership prepare women for leadership?

By helping women:

  • Establish a strong sense of self
  • Develop their voice
  • Own and acknowledge their power
  • Cultivate strong relationships
  • Practice courage and learn to take risks
  • Question and challenge social gender norms and standards
  • Learn about the complexities and challenges of leadership

CWL Director

Lorri Sulpizio, PhD
sulpizio@sandiego.edu

Lorri Sulpizio has dedicated her career to advancing the science and art of leadership development through research, education, training and consulting. Lorri is a founder and the principle consultant for Lotus Leadership Institute- a leadership development company that helps both individuals and organizations to increase their leadership effectiveness and become more productive. She is a published author having written several articles and book chapters, and is an international presenter on leadership. Lorri's expertise includes girls' and women's leadership, as well as group and team dynamics. Her research focus is on women's leadership, specifically on voice, power and authority. Her current research projects are on the topics of the lived experience of motherhood, as well as women, voice and leadership.

Lorri was an executive board member for New Children’s Museum of San Diego, the California Community College Women’s Basketball Association and the Fitness Advisory Council for San Diego Mesa College. She served as head women’s basketball coach at San Diego Mesa College from 2001-2007 and coached at Cuyamaca College from 2008-2010. She is an adjunct professor, teaching business and leadership courses at several institutions of higher learning, including the University of San Diego and Cal State San Marcos.

Lorri's accomplishments include designing and implementing an empowerment program for female addicts and victims of domestic violence and she is the co-founder for WeLead, a program dedicated to girls and young women's leadership. Lorri has her PhD in leadership from the University of San Diego, her MA in Sports Psychology from SDSU, and her BA in English from Cal Poly SLO.