More than just a research training program, the Women in Leadership Lab (WiLL) connects students, ideas and women leaders from our community.

How do organizational structures and practices affect access and equity? What sorts of innovative changes can alter current gender inequities among leadership? How can leaders most effectively address potential barriers and identify opportunities for advancement? WiLL participants will address these kinds of questions.

This discussion and research lab course addresses gender inequities and opportunities for leadership across a variety of sectors in business and society. Students select, develop and pursue their own independent research projects, developing evidence-based promising practices to address challenges of women’s advancement in the sector/field of their choice. Students will present their findings to women community leaders, faculty, and peers.

Additionally, WiLL lab participants will have the opportunity to hear and learn from women community leaders through lunch and learn events, as well as from shadowing opportunities.

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Student Lab members:

  • Enroll in weekly seminar
  • Select field and research independent project
  • Engage with leaders in that field
    • Lunch & Learn
    • Interviews or shadow experiences to gain real-world expertise
  • Collaborate in faculty-led research teams
  • Present findings at poster session

Examples of ASU alumna leaders

ASU Alumna Reyna Montoya

Reyna Montoya

Reyna Montoya, an ASU political science and transborder studies alumna, moved to Arizona after violence forced her family to leave Tijuana, Mexico at the age of 10. Eager to join the fight to help undocumented people like herself, she founded the advocacy network Aliento. 

ASU Alumna Alexa Scholl

Alexa Scholl

In 2017, Alexa Scholl was elected to the Prescott City Council with the highest number of votes of all the candidates; she is the youngest known member to hold the office and the youngest current councilmember in Arizona. Scholl was also selected as a Truman Scholar in 2018.

ASU Alumna Elaissia Sears

Elaissia Sears

When ASU global studies alumna Elaissia Sears was sworn in as a justice of the peace for the West Mesa Justice Court this January, she marked milestones for herself and Arizona. At 24, she was the youngest person elected into state office in the 2018 election, and one of just three African-American women in Arizona history to hold the position.

ASU Alumna Ana Licona

Ana Licona

In her job at the Arizona State Senate, Ana Licona works to ensure that constituents in Arizona’s 30th Legislative District are valued and represented. A first-generation student, Licona's education has empowered her to cultivate change within the community at local and national levels.