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Mentoring Program

The Otterbein Women's Leadership Net (The NET) offers university women a portal to an inter-generational 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 in Leadership course, a first-year seminar (FYS) 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.

Mentor-Protégé Profiles

  • Ashley Kraner '15 and Jean Reynolds

  • Cherelle Hines '14 and Guadalupe Velasquez

  • Casey Buckler '13 and Debbie Johnson

  • Darla King - Bio

Sisters in Leadership

The Sisters in Leadership organization aims to provide strong, comfortable relationships through matching upper class Miller-Winter Scholars with first-year students in the Women in Leadership FYS course. To learn more, please contact student leaders Katelyn Hanzel and Hannah Ewald.

If you are interested in joining the Otterbein Women's Leadership NET as a community partner, internship site, or friend, please contact Dr. Melissa Kesler Gilbert at mgilbert@otterbein.edu.

/ Contact Us

Melissa Kesler Gilbert
Associate Dean of Experiential Learning and Director for the Center for Community Engagement
p/ 614.823.1251
e/ mgilbert@otterbein.edu

Kristi Robbins
Chief of Staff, President's Office
p/ 614.823.1232
e/ krobbins@otterbein.edu

Women's Fund of Central Ohio

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