Staff Leadership Institute

Tentatively scheduled for May/June 2023 |Shippensburg University |

About the Institute

 The Leadership Institute for Professional Staff Women provides professional development opportunities through a series of presentations and interactive workshops. The Institute is an intensive, three-day program.

Throughout the Institute, participants will listen to speakers, attend workshops, and take part in discussion group sessions from morning until evening, with breaks and meals included. The structure and schedule encourage connection and networking through a series of offerings completed as a cohort. The sessions are designed to build new skills and enhance already existing abilities of the professional staff women who participate.

The Institute strives to help participants develop their leadership potential starting at the level of self-development and working through interpersonal and collaborative interactions. Leadership is viewed as multifaceted, interpersonal, and contextual. Strategies to understand self and others and to create environments that are open, authentic, and productive are shared. The Institute uses multiple perspectives to examine the ways in which women relate to leadership.

The Institute is designed specifically to assist women working in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education to increase their potential as leaders on their campuses and in their communities. The Institute has been endorsed by the Chancellor and is supported by the Offices of the President on each campus.

 Who Should Attend?

 The Institute is designed to encourage collaboration and networking among women from varied disciplines, ranks, and leadership levels. We encourage each campus to select one to two participants and support their travel expenses for this opportunity.

We especially encourage the selection of women with diverse backgrounds and an interest in formal or informal leadership on their campuses. Those with some experience with women’s issues on their campus or in their community may be particularly interested in this opportunity.

We encourage campuses to advertise this opportunity widely to those in clerical and professional roles on campus. This is a particularly effective way to support and encourage professional development for clerical staff members who may wish to grow at your university.

We have created several brief essay prompts that may be helpful in selecting participants for the Leadership Institute. Please reach out to either of the co-directors (below) for more information.

Participant Outcomes

Professional staff women who participate in the Leadership Institute will be introduced to ideas around how to:

Institute Co-Chairs

Denise Chaytor-Zugarek is the Assistant Director for TRIO Student Support Services at Bloomsburg University. In addition, she has worked for East Stroudsburg University’s TRIO Upward Bound as an English Composition and Foundations/Seminar instructor.  She has served as the Secretary for the Bloomsburg University Women’s Consortium, and she is a prior participant of both the PASSHE Women’s Consortium Student and Staff institutes.

Kelly Davis is an Administrative Assistant to the Dean in the College of Education and Human Services at Millersville University. She is the former treasurer of the PASSHE Women’s Consortium. She also volunteers as Treasurer of the Millersville University Business Associates and is a Member-at-Large of the President’s Commission on the Status of Women at MU. She is a member of the AFSCME bargaining unit.

Institute Contact Information

For more information about selection on your campus, contact the office of the President and/or your Women’s Commission or Consortium contact.

For general information about the Institute, contact the Institute Co-Directors at or

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“This is so much more than professional development! The past few days have been an opportunity to learn about myself and actually believe in my potential. I am excited to bring this feeling back to my campus.”

“The connections I’ve made have given me a sense of belonging and reminded me why the work I do matters to our students, faculty, and community. Thank you.”

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