Announcing #femlead

We are pleased to announce the inauguration of #femlead: a biweekly (every other week) Twitter chat focusing on women in higher education leadership.

February 20, 2012

We are pleased to announce the inauguration of #femlead: a biweekly (every other week) Twitter chat focusing on women in higher education leadership. (If you are unfamiliar with Twitter chats, they are online conversations that take place on Twitter. You can read more here).

With this conversation, our goal is to create an open and inclusive forum for:

  • networking,
  • sharing experiences and resources, and
  • addressing the challenges and opportunities facing women in higher education who seek to lead with vision.

The numbers of women filling leadership positions on campuses around the world are growing; they are staff, faculty, and administrators.  The growing numbers are cause for celebration as more women take on exciting and transformative roles.  But we feel this also creates a need for a supportive space for women--and men--to talk about what these new roles mean and how best to fill them in order to pursue personal, professional, and institutional goals with integrity.  

You might be interested in work-life balance, and wishing for a leadership role that made a better match with your personal commitments.  You might be thinking about taking the next step in your career...but not completely sure what that looks like.  You might be seeking a network of mentors--or mentees--from other disciplines or sectors of academic life.  We’re hoping #femlead will prove a resource for all the possibilities and questions we have on a day-to-day basis as female leaders in higher ed.

While we seek to provide a female-centered perspective, we don’t necessarily define our work or our positions as feminist.  #femlead will be a welcoming space for multiple points of view from women and men all around the globe.  
We hope you will join us for our first chat:  Tuesday, February 28 from 2:00-2:30 EST.  

Janine Utell will lead our first chat and we will focus on service v. leadership:  what’s the difference?  Is service work invisible?  How can we facilitate women thinking of themselves as leaders as they confront their various service obligations?  
Chats will be held biweekly, Tuesdays at 2 EST, and will be archived (details to be announced).

We look forward to chatting with you on Tuesday and would love to have you host forthcoming chats or suggest hosts you would like to bring into the conversation.

Future topics will include:

  • the division between the Global North and the Global South
  • the relationship between female leadership in higher education and female leadership in other sectors (politics and business)
  • common goals for the GenX female leaders for the midterm and long-term perspectives: what (and where) do we want to change?


#femlead mission statement
We believe in the value of connecting, networking, and sharing resources and experiences.  Our mission at #femlead is to promote these values and to create an inclusive forum for open discussion of the issues confronting leaders in higher education.  #femlead is for those who lead, those with vision, those who seek to support one another in the challenges and opportunities facing us in all areas of academic life (faculty, staff, administrators).  #femlead is female-centered but you don’t have to be a woman to participate in this conversation - all civil and constructive voices are welcome!


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