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Women ADVANCE Leadership is a workshop series to encourage and support mid-career women faculty (associate professor and higher, tenured and fixed-term) seeking to enhance their skills and advance to senior leadership, research, and teaching positions. Participants join a multidisciplinary cohort of mid-career women faculty to attend a monthly Women ADVANCE Leadership Workshop. Each workshop features a pre-recorded interview with a respected and accomplished woman leader sharing her story followed by an interactive discussion and activities. Featured speakers represent a breadth of academic leadership roles, and many are renowned for their careers in STEM fields

As part of the Women ADVANCE Leadership experience, participants have the opportunity to conduct or plan a project, which they will lead and for which they will provide recommendations. Ideally, the project will benefit both their professional advancement and the effectiveness and efficiency of their UNC-CH unit or department. Project guidelines are available here.

Registration for 2021-22 is closed. Faculty may express interest in the 2022-23 program by visiting our Participant Interest page, or by emailing

2021-22 Workshop Topics and Schedule

Session 1: Leading with Values
Friday, September 17, 2:30-4:30 PM

Session 2: Naming Your Strengths
Friday, October 15, 2:30-4:30 PM

Session 3: The Power of Feedback
Friday, November 19, 2:30-4:30 PM

Session 4: The Art of Influencing
Friday, December 10, 2:30-4:30 PM

Session 5: Leading Change
Friday, January 21, 2:30-4:30

Session 6: Networking to Develop Mentors and Sponsors
Friday, February 18, 2:30-4:30

Session 7: Self-Care and Well-Being
Friday, March 11, 2:30-4:30 PM

Session 8: Moving Forward with Vision
Friday, April 22, 2:30-4:30 PM

Faculty who complete the Women ADVANCE Leadership series will receive recognition from the Office of the Provost, TEAM ADVANCE, and the Center for Faculty Excellence. Faculty from STEM and related disciplines may be invited to participate in TEAM ADVANCE research activities; however, involvement in research activities is voluntary and not required to participate in Women ADVANCE Leadership.

Women ADVANCE Leadership is made possible through collaboration between TEAM ADVANCE, the Center for Faculty Excellence, and the University Office for Diversity and Inclusion.

TEAM ADVANCE Targeting Equity in Access to Mentoring


UNC Center for Faculty Excellence