Women's Leadership Academy

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LaToya Cantrell and President Tania TetlowThe Women's Leadership Academy at Loyola University New Orleans is designed to enable women in the region to achieve their greatest professional potential through leadership training, personal development, and one-on-one mentorships. The inaugural Women's Leadership Academy will launch April 16, 2019!

The program consists of ten (10) on-campus class sessions; monthly one-hour, one-on-one mentorship meetings; a one-hour, one-on-one deep dive into your Individual Development Plan created throughout the program; and networking opportunities with fellow rising leaders in the region.

Class sessions will be facilitated by Amy Landry, an MBTI© Certified Practitioner for Myers-Briggs Type Indicator training, and include guest speakers and microlearning seminars conducted by expert Loyola University New Orleans faculty and staff. Microlearning seminars will include lessons in:

  • project management
  • public speaking
  • critical thinking
  • emotional intelligence
  • conflict resolution
  • negotiation
  • strategic planning
  • networking
2019 Session Themes and Dates
  1. Opening Session - April 16, 2019 (9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.)
  2. Your Work Style - May 14, 2019
  3. Your Communication Style - June 11, 2019
  4. Your Team Style - July 16, 2019
  5. Your Decision-Making Style - August 6, 2019
  6. Your Leadership Style - September 10, 2019
  7. Your Conflict Style - October 15, 2019
  8. How Stress Impacts You - November 12, 2019
  9. Individual Development Plans (IDP) Presentations - December 3, 2019 (two half-day sessions; 9:00 - 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.; participants will be assigned to morning or afternoon session)
  10. Your Approach to Change - January 21, 2020

Make-up date - October 22, 2019 (in case of campus closures for earlier session dates due to weather or other emergencies)

Graduation Ceremony - Thursday, January 30, 2020; 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Individual Development Plan (IDP) Deep Dives - January 6, 2020 - January 17, 2020. Each participant will schedule a one-hour, one-on-one session with the WLA facilitator for a deep dive into the participant's final IDP. Every effort will be made to accommodate participants' availability when scheduling the one-hour sessions during this date range.

  • All sessions are held at Loyola University New Orleans, 6363 St. Charles Avenue, in New Orleans.
  • All sessions are held from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. unless otherwise noted.
  • All sessions are held on Tuesdays.
Expectations of Participants

To successfully complete the Women’s Leadership Academy at Loyola University New Orleans, a participant is expected to attend all sessions and complete an Individual Development Plan (IDP) including monthly one-hour mentorship meetings.

Individual Development Plans (IDPs)

Each participant will create an Individual Development Plan (IDP) throughout the Academy. Preparation of the IDP will be guided by the class sessions, one-on-one mentorship meetings, facilitated online discussions, and voluntary growth group meetings.


Each participant will be assigned a mentor that is a business, community, and/or government leader within the region. Participants and mentors will meet once per month for a one-hour conversation, guided by a questionnaire prepared by Loyola. These conversations will aid participants in the creation of their IDPs. The participant and mentor will schedule their one-on-one meetings directly to find a time and location that works best for both parties. Ideally, these meetings will be in-person, but due to busy schedules, they might sometimes be via telephone, video conference, etc.

Attendance Policy

Participants with more than two (2) excused absences will not complete the program. Please review the schedule thoroughly and make plans accordingly. If you anticipate that you will miss one of the scheduled dates, please let us know in advance.

The full list of session dates can be found near the top of this page. Monthly mentorship meetings will be scheduled individually once a participant is accepted into the program.

Who Should Apply?

Mid- to senior-level leaders who are:

  • motivated to reflect upon and improve upon their personal leadership skills to become more effective and impactful
  • committed to driving innovation and transformation within their organizations and the region 
  • dedicated to achieving top performance without sacrificing the well-being of themselves, their teams, or their families


Non-Discrimination Policy

Loyola University New Orleans has fully supported and fostered in its educational programs, admissions, employment practices, and in the activities it operates the policy of not discriminating on the basis of age, color, disability, national origin, race, religion, sex/gender, or sexual orientation. This policy is in compliance with all applicable federal regulations and guidelines.

How to Apply


Application Deadline

The priority application deadline is Monday, March 18, 2019, by 9:00 a.m. The final application deadline is Monday, April 1, 2019, by 9:00 a.m. Priority deadline applicants will be notified by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, March 25, 2019 and other applicants will be notified by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 3, 2019. The tuition deadline is Friday, April 5, 2019, by 5:00 p.m.


Application Requirements

  1. A completed online application. This should take about 15 minutes to complete. You can view a PDF of the application beforehand to prepare your responses by clicking here.
  2. A copy of your resume' (PDF only) or the URL for your public LinkedIn profile
  3. One letter of reference (PDF only): The letter should be from a key stakeholder in your professional development such as your current supervisor or a current external partner. It should highlight your strengths, achievements, and reasons why you would be a good fit for the Women's Leadership Academy.
  4. Your organizational chart (optional, PDF only): The chart should demonstrate your reporting structure, including any positions that report to you.


Upon Acceptance to the Academy

Upon acceptance to the Women's Leadership Academy, participants will be required to submit additional information, including the following. 

  1. A commitment form signed by you and your employer
  2. A signed liability waiver and photo release form.
  3. A photograph of yourself that will be shared with other participants (This does not have to be professionally shot.)
  4. A brief professional bio that will be shared with other participants.
  5. A scan or image of your business card. (A photo taken with your phone is fine.)
  6. Your favorite quote about leadership.
Tuition and Fees

Tuition for the Women's Leadership Academy is $2,995 and includes lunch and a light breakfast for all full-day, on-campus sessions. Light refreshments will be provided for half-day, on-campus sessions. Parking passes for on-campus sessions are also included in your tuition.

Tuition must be paid in full by the deadline of Friday, April 5, 2019, by 5:00 p.m. and can be paid via credit card or check.


Sponsorships are available for all on-campus sessions and the graduation ceremony at very reasonable rates. If your business or organization is interested in sponsoring the Women's Leadership Academy, please contact the Office of Professional and Continuing Studies for rates and additional information at (504) 865-3530 or noncredit@loyno.edu.

Advisory Committee

Many thanks go out to members of our Advisory Committee!

Elizabeth "Liz" Glaser Broekman, Director of P.O.W.E.R. (Potential Of Women Entrepreneurs Realized), Fidelity Bank

Myra Corrello, Ph.D.; business growth advisor, speaker, and trainer

Stephanie Davi, M.P.A.; Director of Development and National Operations, ACE Mentor Program of America, Inc.

Klassi Duncan, M.B.A.; Director, Women's Business Resource Center, Urban League of Louisiana

Lesli Harris, J.D., L.L.M.; Chief of Staff, Loyola University New Orleans

Diane Jackson, SHRM-CP; Director of Curriculum and Programs, The Slone Group

Amy Landry, SHRM-CP, PHR; Founder/Owner, Fuel Success Academy and Diapers to Desk

Sandra Lindquist, C.C.E.; Executive Vice President and COO, New Orleans Chamber of Commerce

Rachelle Matherne, Director, Professional and Continuing Studies, Loyola University New Orleans

Christina Morales, M.B.A.; MBA Director, Loyola University New Orleans


Contact Us

Office: (504) 865-3530      

Email: noncredit@loyno.edu

Quick link to this page: http://www.loyno.edu/WLA



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Last revised: February 19, 2019