UC Women Lead Program

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The University of Cincinnati is committed to the advancement of women in higher education. UC Women Lead is a signature program of the Office of the Provost, and is vital to fostering and developing our greatest institutional asset: our people. UC Women Lead is a signature program facilitated by the Office of the Provost — one of over 100 institutions of higher education – that pledges to advance women into senior leadership positions in higher education.

The UC Women Lead program welcomes a new cohort of participants every year, who are guided through a variety of assessments, seminars, workshops and retreats. They also take on at least one project as a cohort to help them further hone their strengths and develop in identified areas of growth.  

Throughout the course of the 10-month experiential program, UC Women Lead participants:   

  • Develop a better understanding of their personal leadership skills and developmental needs.  
  • Cultivate relationships across campus and within various disciplines.  
  • Identify strategies for successfully navigating challenges in negotiation, conflict management, leadership identity, communication and career-life balance.  
  • Outline a leadership development plan tailored to their goals.   
  • Receive both peer and individual executive coaching support to advance their leadership goals.  
  • Engage in an institutional development project designed to draw on core competencies and impact the university.

Notable Contributions

Completed and in-process projects have contributed to the overall advancement of the University. Examples include:

  • Assess university need, propose and help implement UC’s Staff Senate, an advisory body to the President of the University and University administration. 
  • Audit, review and recommendations for improved lactation spaces on campus. 
  • Elevating eAccessibility by evaluating resources to ensure greater compliance and training opportunities.   
  • Curating and organizing stress management resources available across UC to help mitigate burnout and promote resilience and self-care.  

Interested in Joining UC Women Lead?

Additional information about UC Women Lead, including guidelines and requirements for the program, can be accessed via UC's Bearcats Landing intranet at (UC login required).

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Donna Chrobot-Mason

Director of UC Women Lead, Associate Professor- Psychology