Women in Leadership Program | School of Law | SIU

Southern Illinois University



Women in Leadership Program | School of Law | SIU

Women in Leadership Program

The Women in Leadership program seeks to help students build their own leadership skills while learning about the challenges that women face as leaders with the legal profession.

Women in Leadership Workshop (1 credit)

This two-day workshop, held during the January inter-session, explores the key attributes of leadership and the challenges that women face in the legal profession because of gender differences (both real and perceived). The course is team-taught by a well-respected faculty of lawyers, judges, and law professors, who encourage students to actively participate through small group discussions, mock negotiations, simulated interviews, and one or more short writing assignments. Some of the topics discussed during the workshop include:

  • Leadership attributes and skills
  • Gender and communication
  • Gender and negotiation
  • Gender in the workplace
  • Interviewing
  • Networking
  • Developing a personal/professional brand
  • Balancing career and family
  • Seeking election to leadership positions

The program concludes with a networking dinner with practicing attorneys and judges from the southern Illinois region. 

2016 Women in Leadership Dinner 

Gloria Farha FlentjeKeynote Speaker

Gloria Farha Flentje, a member of SIU Law's charter class of 1976, will be the keynote speaker for this year's program.

Flentje is recognized as one of the most effective women leaders in the aerospace industry. After serving for more than 20 years as a partner in one of Kansas’s premier law firms, she moved to Boeing as chief counsel where she served as Senior Vice President of Spirit AeroSystems, a large international firm with over 13,000 employees and facilities all over the world.

Previous Keynote Speakers

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