Toftrees Resort and Conference Center
1 Country Club Lane, State College, PA 16803
Leadership Institute for Professional and Staff Women
Held every other year at the Toftrees Resort in State College, Pa., the faculty leadership institute affords state system faculty to discuss leadership issues with renowned experts in the field with plenty of opportunity for professional networking and skills-building.
The Leadership Institute for Professional and Staff Women assist participants to develop their leadership potential and acquire essential skills and strategies for effective advocacy of gender equity within the State System. Institute participants develop projects to implement on their respective campuses that will promote continued development of non-instructional employees and advocacy for women within the university communities and the surrounding areas.
Any non-instructional staff member, administrator, or manager (200 or below) with potential or demonstrated leadership ability should be considered for nomination. We encourage the nomination of individuals who have participated in the Commission on the Status of Women, Women’s Consortium, Commissions on Diversity or other university-wide committees. We also strongly encourage nominations that support a diverse group of participants.
The nomination process differs by university. The Consortium will issue a letter to every university president in the early part of spring semester inviting nominations for the institute. Some presidents delegate the nominations and some manage the process themselves. If you are interested in being a nominee, please notify the institute directors Ms. Theresa Bloskey (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Ms. Denise Chaytor-Zugarek (email@example.com) and we will help facilitate your request at your campus.
By accepting the nomination to attend the institute, each participant acknowledges that they are aware of the following expectations:
- Participants will read brief preparatory material provided to them before the institute.
- Participants will complete a brief survey in advance and bring it with them for discussion at the institute.
- Participants will attend the entire institute unless there is an emergency that arises.
- Participants will complete a project on their respective campuses or in the surrounding community following the institute.
What can you expect?
The institute will consist of a combination of presentations, group exercises and discussions and networking, along with great meals and a chance to relax with colleagues across PASSHE. All sessions will be held for the entire group. Most of the session presenters and facilitators are from within PASSHE.
What attendees are saying
“….developed an awareness in me of my own leadership qualities. I developed a new network of friends…learned I was not alone.” Heather
“I loved gathering with other professional women, sharing ideas, discussing what we learned…..I feel energized and empowered.” Joann
“The institute provided extremely valuable information on how to be a leader, develop a team and empower.” Rachel