Center for Women’s Leadership and Service – $2 Million

The Center for Women’s Leadership and Service will provide an academic foundation, experiential learning and transformative possibilities for emerging leaders, positioning Brenau University as an innovator in the study and practice of women’s leadership.

Through exceptional academic standards and inspiring professional and personal mentors, the Center will equip students with the skills and opportunities necessary to write their own legacy of leadership. In addition, the Center will offer opportunities for faculty development focusing on best practices in the teaching of women and emphasizing contributions to the study of women’s leadership and service.

The Center for Women’s Leadership and Service is hopes to encompass the following programs in order to provide pathways to social equity and encourage the empowerment of women.

Brenau Women's College students on the front lawn of Brenau UNiversity's Ganiesville campus during this year's Women's College Commencement.

Certificate in Women’s Leadership

A program of study culminating in an undergraduate Certificate of Women’s Leadership offers students a distinctive opportunity to meld coursework and experiential learning through courses and internships that emphasize leadership skills and gender studies.

Support for this Certificate will enable Brenau to increase enrollment in this program and grow mentoring, conference, research and scholarship opportunities. More information on this program can be found here.

Brenau University's Jordan Wallace, center, introduces the other members of her band The Sawnee Mountain Train Wreck, Carly Burruss and Patience Bryant, standing at left, to some of her friends from Brenau. The Sawnee Mountain Train Wreck played two sets during the Bluegrass and Books book drive event to benefit RISE, a summer program developed by Breanu students to help summer learning loss in local school children.

Summer Leadership Institute

The Summer Leadership Institute will cultivate students’ skills through a one-week intensive residential experience grounded in leadership curriculum, discussion and application. The institute will provide leadership programs for small groups of strong student leaders with a passion for serving others.

Support for this program will grow opportunities for future curriculum development and student scholarships.

Gail Smith, a Brenau University alumna and trustee and director of environmental, sustainability, and issues management communications at Georgia-Pacific, passes down a set of handouts at the Women's Leadership Colloquium.

Women’s Leadership Colloquium

In its second successful year, the colloquium is an opportunity for aspiring and seasoned leaders to participate in interactive workshops, small group discussions, lectures and networking gatherings to gain inspiration from accomplished women through conversations about shared passions and leadership. Well-known alumni and corporate leaders are featured as keynote speakers. Information on the 2015 Colloquium can be found here.

Support for this program will grow opportunities for future curriculum development and student scholarships.

AnMarie Martin, a Hall County Sheriff's deputy, was this year's Martin Luther King Jr. Convocation keynote speaker.

Annual Extraordinary Women Speaker Series

This campus-wide, annual lecture series will bring together students, alumnae, faculty and community members to learn and gain inspiration from insightful leaders and eminent scholars who will discuss the unique contributions, rewards and challenges of women who lead. Brenau intends to host two series annually.

Your support of this priority will ensure its annual presence on campus and assist in recruiting distinguished leaders.

Student Reception at the High Museum

Project for Southern Women and the Arts

Leveraging the University’s role as a regional leader in the arts, the Project for Southern Women and the Arts will highlight southern women artists through exhibitions and programs featuring visual, performing and literary art. In highlighting the benefit of creativity and artistry as it enriches and informs leadership, the project will provide a unique but essential piece in developing well-rounded leaders.

Gifts to the Project for Southern Women and the Arts will provide seed funds for Brenau to begin the program as well as ongoing support to draw well-known exhibits, artists and mentors in the arts to build and sustain the program.

Naming opportunities are available at a variety of levels for the Center for Women’s Leadership and Service, beginning at $25,000.

For more information about the Center for Women’s Leadership and Service or specific naming opportunities, please contact the Office of External Relations at 770-534-6174 or Dr. Debra Dobkins, Dean of the Women’s College, at 770-534-6247.