Women's Executive Leadership Development Program (WELD)


Our eight-month-long curriculum consists of 2 two-day retreats and monthly meetings covering topics that include leadership attributes, budgeting, strategic planning, legal issues and regulations, and crisis management.  In addition, participants will work on mentored, team-based projects focused on areas of improvement at the University of Kentucky.

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Applications for the 2020 WELD program are now closed.






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Leadership Presentations by Dr. Swanson

1.  "Women's Empowerment" presented at the University of Kentucky Women's Forum, May 2019 

2.  "How to Launch Your Career in 10 Easy Steps" presented to University of Kentucky's Postdoctoral Symposium, May 2016

3.  “Adaptive Leadership: Anticipating, Initiating and Responding to Change” presented at the National Society of Toxicology Annual, March 2015


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                                     Dr. Hollie Swanson and the 2019 WELD Cohorts 


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