Women in Leadership Course Inspires Innovative Leadership

April 12th, 2006 by Adam

Amanda Gillen of Orford, a graduate student pursuing a degree in general management, says the skills and knowledge she gained from a new Women in Leadership class will empower and enrich both her professional and personal life.

“Women in Leadership was one of the most powerful courses I have taken through the Plymouth State master’s program. The experience has affected my life in a profound and positive way, and will stay with me for a long, long time,” said Gillen.

The course, held March 31-April 2 at the Best Western Silver Fox Inn in Waterville Valley, is one of several graduate courses offered through the Partners in Alternative Health and Healing (P.A.T.H.) certification program at PSU’s College of Graduate Studies. Like other P.A.T.H. courses, the new leadership course is an intensive, residential course designed to promote innovation, collaboration and reflection.

Four PSU faculty members taught the course: Nancy Puglisi, Barbara McCahan, Rebecca Brown and Anne Bewley. Puglisi, the coordinator of the P.A.T.H. program, says the course was designed to examine the contemporary roles women play in leadership throughout the professional world. Students participating in the course represented a variety of professional fields, including education, business and health care.

“We looked at barriers, as well as the doors that have been opened [for women in leadership]. We also looked at innovative ways to lead that are not necessarily gender-specific,” said Puglisi.

Students who took the course praised the experience, which brought together a diverse group of women in a beautiful mountain setting.

“This course has provided me with many tools and inspired me to make changes in the way I lead, formally and informally. It has also motivated me to better myself and make changes on a larger scale. I always leave these courses feeling there is a lot of work to be done in the world, but that everything is going to be okay,” said counselor education student Sarah Veazey of Campton.

Using knowledge gained from their interactions with students and faculty members, students will design and complete leadership projects in their field of study.
For more information about the P.A.T.H. program, please visit www.plymouth.edu/graded/path/index.html

Plymouth State University (PSU) is a regional comprehensive university offering a rich, student-focused learning environment for both undergraduate and graduate students. PSU offers 42 majors and 62 minors in programs that include education, business, humanities, arts, and natural and social sciences. The College of Graduate Studies offers coursework that promotes research, best practices and reflection in locations on- and off-campus as well as online. For non-traditional students, PSU’s Frost School of Continuing and Professional Studies offers working professionals opportunities to pursue an undergraduate degree by attending classes in the evenings, weekends and online. Located in a beautiful New England setting, Plymouth State University has been recognized as one of the “Best in the Northeast” by The Princeton Review.