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“I really appreciate getting to know and learn from other women at ISU. The sense of community and mutual respect is life-affirming, and I think we all need more of that! ”~ Susie Johnson, 2019 Cardinal Women* Cohort

Apply for the Cardinal Women* Program

Applications are being accepted through Thursday, June 13, 2024 for a growth opportunity specifically for women* who are Iowa State University Faculty and Staff. Participants will engage in discussions designed to foster leadership development, goal orientation and purpose in their personal and professional spheres. Participants can expect to be challenged to reflect on their own experiences and to listen to the experiences of others.

The curriculum involves a monthly gathering that will include large and small group discussion and short written and/or video resources to be previewed prior to the gathering. Gatherings will take place for 2 hours each month. Topics will include identifying and silencing the inner critic, discovering and utilizing your inner mentor, communication style strategies, approaches to negotiation and how to support and affirm fellow women* in our community.

*This group is open to faculty and staff that identify as women*. This includes women* who are cisgender, trans, of trans experience, etc. We recognize that gender is complex and we also welcome individuals who identify in other ways who seek this community and want to participate. If you have questions about whether the program may benefit you, feel free to reach out to the coordinators.

Participation at all meetings is expected of participants. Sessions will be held on the following dates from 2:10pm – 4:00pm and will take place in the Memorial Union.

  • Tuesday, August 13, 2024
  • Tuesday, September 10, 2024
  • Tuesday, October 1, 2024
  • Tuesday, November 5, 2024
  • Tuesday, December 10, 2024
  • Friday, January, Date TBA, 2025 - Cardinal Commencement

If there is a date for which you know you have a conflict but you would still like to participate, please describe the conflict in your statement of interest.

This program is free for participants.

Applications are Due June 13, 2024 and Selection Announcements will be made by July 8, 2024.

Apply to be a Small Group Leader

*You must be an Alum of the Cardinal Women* Program to be eligible serve as a Small Group Leader

Small Group Leaders are vital to the success of the Cardinal Women* Program.  These individuals are Alumna of the Cardinal Women* Program and are responsible for engaging their group of Cardinal Women* and leading the small group discussions that are held throughout each of the 5 sessions.