These projects and programs were funded by grants. They are making a difference in the lives of our students, our community, and the overall Otterbein experience.
The Women's Fund of Central Ohio
December 20, 2012
With the help of a $13,000 grant from The Woman’s Fund of Central Ohio, the Otterbein Women’s Leadership Network (The NET) strives to encourage girls, students, and community leaders to cultivate a collaborative system of support to increase women’s upward social and economic mobility while participating in educational, networking, and transformational leadership opportunities.
The Otterbein “NET” offers university women a portal to an intergenerational network of community women who will serve as both mentors and partners as students begin to examine possible pathways to leadership. For students, the journey begins with Otterbein President Kathy Krendl’s Women and Leadership Course, a first year seminar punctuated with panel discussions each week by local women leaders who share their life strategies and help students understand how to navigate and negotiate gendered social, cultural, and political obstacles.
After completing the course the students, named Miller-Winter Scholars after Otterbein’s first two women graduates, transition into leadership roles on campus, co-designing new signature community service programs with local girls, coordinating special women-focused, events, and serving as interns and apprentices at local women’s organizations. Scholars facilitate Girl’s Clubs at a local middle school, engaging ‘tweens in “girltalk” about self-esteem, body image, friendships, politics, work, and other topics identified as important to the girls.
In April, Otterbein hosted the 2013 Community Impact Summit. The 2013 Community Impact Summit shared leading-edge information on Social Innovation – new ideas that resolve existing social, cultural, economic and environmental challenges for the benefit of people and our planet. The Summit focused on how solutions can be created to influence sustainable change.
The summit kicked off with a presentation by Candace Kline, CEO of Bad Girl Ventures. Following Kline’s address, Tara Abraham, recently appointed to serve a three-year term on the National Women’s Business Council (NWBC), provided an update on national policy issues that affect business development in our communities. After the opening sessions, summit participants engaged in a World Café on social innovation efforts and successes in their communities.
In Fall 2013, Otterbein University and HandsOn Central Ohio will join forces to provide a Non-Profit Leadership Certificate. The Certificate will be non-credit bearing and take one calendar year to complete. Curriculum for the Certificate will be presented in evening and weekend formats at affordable cost. You do not need to be working toward the Certificate to take the courses offered. A kick-off, presenting the program, curriculum, and faculty, will be held this spring on the Otterbein campus.
More information about the Otterbein Women's Leadership Network can be found here.