Women's Leadership Network
Founded in 2012 through an RWU President's Inclusive Excellence Grant, the Women’s Leadership Network (WLN) connects pre-college and college students and alumni with leading faculty members and practitioners to advance educational and career potential for female students and faculty in the arts, architecture, historic reservation and construction by creating a visible network of engagement and opportunity.
The WLN hosts multiple annual events at the Cummings School of Architecture and at industry events such as ABX Boston and other gatherings in support of raising awareness, mentorship, sponsorship, support and career advancement.
The Goals of the Women's Leadership Network are to:
- Support young women in the study of architecture, historic preservation, construction or the arts
- Retain and mentor female students through their professional course of study
- Support female graduates and young professionals through career placement, advancement and satisfaction
- Attract leading female faculty and practitioners to the school
The WLN has worked on several occasions in conjunction with the Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation (BWAF), New York,dedicated to changing the culture of the building industry, for women, through education and research. BWAF leaders including Beverly Willis, FAIA have served as speakers and facilitators at our WLN planning efforts. The WLN meets regularly during the academic year, at Alumni and Homecoming weekends, and at professional gatherings.