Monthly discussion group explores innovative and authentic leadership

Any member of the Madison community who is interested in exploring ideas about leadership, and developing a personal leadership philosophy is invited to join a new monthly discussion group in an exploration of innovative and authentic leadership. The goals of the group are to build learning community for those interested in leadership roles, and to explore the role of leadership in your career within or outside of academia.

The group will meet monthly to discuss readings related to personal and professional leadership. Topics will include:

  • What is leadership?
  • Learning to lead in any situation
  • Leading, managing, facilitating
  • Leading with or without a title
  • Handling difficult conversations
  • Tooting your own horn
  • Is there a women’s way of leading?
  • Developing a leadership style and philosophy

Time and place. To accommodate as many as possible, there will be two alternate meeting times once a month: Monday 5:30-7 p.m. and Tuesday 12:30-2 p.m. First meetings will be Monday 9/17, 5:30pm in the Pyle Center, OR Tues 9/18, 2007 12:30pm in Science House (on Linden Dr, next to Babcock Hall). Email for more information.

The facilitator for the discussion will be Teri Balser, associate professor in the Department of Soil Science. Balser is a member of the UW Committee on Women and has a keen interest in graduate student professional development. She is a graduate of Millennium3 Education’s leadership trainer-training program and facilitates professional growth and development workshops in the Madison area.

Available for course credit (1 credit a semester) as a special topics course through the Department of Soil Science (email to enroll). OR – register through UW OHRD ( for continuing education units.

The effort is a joint project of the Office of Human Resources Development, UW Graduate Women in Science, the women in Science and Engineering Leadership Institute and the Committee on Women at the University.

More info. Click here to download a flyer about the program. Email Teri Balser at for more information.