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Women's Leadership Immersion

The Women’s Leadership Immersion is a four-day program for junior and senior female identifying students that provides critical skills as they prepare for their next steps after graduation.  As an experiential learning opportunity, participants move back to campus early from winter break in order to take part in the immersion. Facilitated by a variety of women leaders from the University and City of Dayton community, this program will offer women a chance to explore leadership, networking, salary negotiation, career advancement, and financial health in the context of navigating vocation.  Additionally, participants engage in a (how to) networking social and service project in the Dayton community.  

The primary goal of WLI is to provide female identifying UD students with a cost-free experience that examines vocation and leadership through a Marianist lens, while preparing them with skills needed for life after graduation.

Past Immersions

  • 2021: Connect. Create. Cultivate.
  • 2020: Be Aware. Be Authentic. Be an Advocate.
  • 2019: Explore, Empower, and Engage
    • Dr. Daria Yvonne J. Graham Women's Leadership Immersion Award Recipient: Isabel Gerardino
  • 2018: The Inaugural WLI

Previous Speakers

  • Dr. Allison Leigh, Director of Marianist Strategies, University of Dayton 
  • Ally Ferguson, Event Operations and Business Manager, University of Dayton Center for Leadership
  • Amy Lopez Matthews , Executive Director, Center for Student Involvement, University of Dayton
  • Ashley Melson, Assistant City Solicitor, Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Audrey Starr, Director, Marketing & Communications, YWCA Dayton
  • Brittany Fishburn, Graduate Assistant, University of Dayton
  • C. LaShea Loftin, Director of Finance, City of Dayton
  • Carla Scott , Assistant CFO, Dayton VA Medical Center
  • Cerelia Bizzell, Assistant Director for Campus Engagement, Case Western Reserve University and Women's Leadership Immersion Co-Founder
  • Cindy Martin, Vice President, MacAuley Brown
  • Danya Berry, Operations Director, Dayton Early College Academy
  • Daphene Cospy, Job and Family Specialist, Montgomery County Ohio
  • Dr. Daria Graham, Associate Dean of Students and Executive Director, Multi-ethnic Education and Engagement Center, University of Dayton and Women's Leadership Immersion Co-Founder
  • Darlene Reid, Senior Health and Wellness Director of Coffman YMCA of Greater Dayton
  • Gail Forest , Director of Engineering and Technical Management, Headquarters Air Force Materiel Command
  • Hannah Pigg, Student Organizations & Leadership Graduate Assistant, Wright State University
  • Jacqueline Phillips, Director of Human Resources and Administration, United Way
  • Jenell Ross, President, Bob Ross Auto Group
  • Karen Spina, First Lady of UD | Community Volunteer
  • KeAnna Davis, Empowerment Coach| Entrepreneur| Ecosystem Builder| Super Connector
  • Laura Maxwell, TIAA
  • Dr. Leslie Picca , Professor & Chair, Department of Sociology, Anthropology, & Social Work, University of Dayton 
  • Letitia Perry, WHIO-TV Anchor
  • Maggie Schaller, University of Dayton Alumna
  • Robin Brun, Business Development Director, Center for Leadership, University of Dayton
  • Ro Nita Hawes-Saunders, CEO, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company
  • Sarah Williams, Executive Director, Hannah's Treasure Chest
  • Sharon Howard , Site Manager of Public Relations & Community Relations, Miami Valley Hospital
  • Tammy Murphy, Owner and Broker, Real Homes to Love
  • Tiffany Taylor Smith, Executive Director, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, University of Dayton
  • Valerie Lemmie, Director of Exploratory Research, Kettering Foundation
  • Verletta Jackson, Director, Dayton Neighborhood Leadership Institute

Student Leadership Programs

Kennedy Union
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 0623