Group photo of Cardinal Women* Cohort on the steps of Beardshear Hall.

The Cardinal Women* program is a growth opportunity specifically for women* who are Iowa State University Faculty and Staff. Participants engage in discussions designed to foster leadership development, goal orientation and purpose in their personal and professional spheres

Since it began in 2018, Cardinal Women* has impacted Iowa State University through the alumni from all areas of our organization who participate in the program.  Tera Lawson and Dr. Denise Williams-Klotz, co-founders and co-directors of Cardinal Women*, have worked to create a program that provides space for conversation, tools for development, and a community where Iowa State leaders can thrive.


Why the asterisk?

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.


From Participants

“I don't even know how to describe what I learned from Cardinal Women*. In my mind I wanted you to tell me exactly what I needed to do to improve and be a better leader, etc.

What I got was something else entirely. You didn't tell me the exact steps of how to get there, but you encouraged me to grow on my own so that I just WAS a better leader, had more confidence, KNEW and understood myself on a completely different level.” - Kristi Elmore, 2019 Cardinal Women* Cohort




SIX of the 2024 Women Impacting ISU Honorees are Cardinal Women*!  Congratulations to Erica Beirman, Sara Marcketti, Karen Rodekamp, Emily Wilcox, Svitlana Zbarska and our Cardinal Women* Student Program Alumna Mia Kawamitsu!

The 2023 University Award Honorees have been announced!  Congratulations to Kate Goudy, Claire Kruesel, Amy Logan, Elizabeth McNeill, Rhaechel Ohge Frits, Svitlana Zbarska, and Denise Williams-Klotz!

Check out the Iowa State Daily Article about Cardinal Women* and the Cardinal Women* Student Program!

Thank you to our Cardinal Women* Sponsors

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