Our Purpose


As women in higher education leadership, we each have an important role to play in cultivating and mentoring women leaders as well as positively affecting Wisconsin's transition to a global, knowledge-based economy. We bring an appreciative, positive, and authentic leadership style to our endeavors in post secondary education. 

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Who We Are

WWHEL provides opportunities for networking, information sharing and support for women in leadership and encourages women faculty and staff to pursue leadership positions. Specifically, WWHEL can help and support women to develop specific skills, connect with colleagues who can provide valuable insight into the administrative role, identify career development contacts, and access state and national resources.

WWHEL sponsors an annual fall conference and also informs women of other national, regional, state or campus professional development opportunities. WWHEL maintains a website and a listserv which facilitate communication on issues of interest. WWHEL supports campuses by co-sponsoring topical spring regional workshops which educate, encourage and support women in leadership and helps women move into leadership positions.

When individuals attend their first annual fall conference, they receive a discount on the Wisconsin-based national publication, Women in Higher Education, which offer many insights and ideas that women can use and share.