Circles of Power
A Leadership Program for Women Faculty
The Circles of Power- Class of 2009 kicked off its year with a welcome reception at the Hillary J. Boone Center on the 14th of August. These 18 talented faculty represent ten colleges across campus from Fine Arts to Engineering and are a snapshot of the vast diversity of backgrounds and experience that make up all ranks of women faculty at UK. Through retreats led by Kay Collier-McLaughlin, Ph.D., the Circles of Power Design Consultant and Facilitator, and workshops from a variety of guest presenters throughout the year, we are excited to watch this year's participants learn and grow together as leaders.
2008 Network Leadership Award Recipient - Circles of Power: A Leadership Program for Women Faculty
"From its inception in 1998 until 2002, the "Circles of Power" (COPS) program was offered to faculty of the University of Kentucky medical campus (UK). However, with obvious success and rapidly increasing interest, it quickly expanded to a campus-wide endeavor and became sponsored by the UK President's Commission on Women. By spring of 2008 COPs will be able to boast nine graduating classes comprising 144 graduates. Thus far, COPs has included participants from 16 colleges and from widely diverse backgrounds. Participation in the program is selective and is limited to 20 highly committed women per year." (Click here for full article)
Network Executive Board Chair Madlyn Hane
presents the 2008 Network Leadership Award
to the COPs
Director and Associate Professor
of Neuroscience Diane M. Snow
President Lee Todd, University of Kentucky
Established in the fall of 1998, Circles of Power is an innovative, eight-month leadership program designed with three unique phases that build upon one another.
The Circles of Power program is built on the premise that leadership skills are acquired and developed over an extended period of time, not in an isolated workshop. The program offers a multilevel process that includes the establishment of a network of colleagues, training in management theory, encouragement, and collaboration.
Because leadership development is an evolutionary process, graduates of Circles of Power are offered the opportunity to parcipiate in The Leaders of Tomorrow program. This program consists of a series of monthly meetings that build on the community established between participants and on their leadership foundation.
If you have any questions or would like a hard copy of the program brochure
Please contact Linda Rakes at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone (859) 257-3493
COPs 2000 Graduate,
Hollie Swanson, Ph D, UK College of Medicine recently wrote an article about her year long experience shadowing the Dean of the College of Medicine, Dean Perman. Click here to view the article
Diane Snow, Director of COPs, and 2002 Grad:
Participation in Circles of Power: A Program for Women Faculty in Leadership (COPS) in 2002 was one of the best career development opportunities I have had as a professional. The experience offered top-notch training from professionals in the field of leadership development. The success and appeal of this program, in my opinion, lie in two facets: 1) the understanding that leadership skills are built gradually, starting with a firm foundation, i.e. they do not appear after a two-hour workshop or a weekend training course; and 2) successful leaders need to have a firm understanding of their inner workings as well as, or perhaps even better than, a knowledge of the outside world they may lead.