Women’s Leadership Collective

Creating leadership opportunities for women and girls througout Greater Baltimore.

The Women’s Leadership Collective at Towson University provides leadership skills and experience to women throughout their academic and professional lives—while creating a collective of women supporting women.

The Collective creates distinct cohorts of TU undergraduate and graduate students and high school girls. The Collective’s goal is to share stories, skills, experiences, and best practices that enable participants to sharpen communication, assessment, and critical thinking skills as they build self-confidence. They will define and solidify their capacity and roles as influencers, catalysts, team members, and innovators, advancing their own academic and professional careers while increasing their support for other women.

I want women and girls who aspire to leadership to build skills, create opportunity, and share Towson University’s wealth of knowledge on the subject of leadership. Girls and women need this type of support more than ever, and all of Maryland will benefit from their enhanced leadership contributions.”

Dr. Nancy Grasmick

The Collective builds on the success of the TU Professional Leadership Program for Women, which has helped over 100 women advance their careers since 2015. Past participants and other women from the business and non-profit communities will be engaged in The Collective, whose participants will be exposed to mentors, networking liaisons, and leadership skills curriculum. The Collective will create a spiral where participants can grow with their cohorts and benefit from intergenerational exchange and collaboration during seminars, workshops, and service projects—accessing the program at whatever point in their careers they find themselves.

The Collective is conceived by Dr. Nancy Grasmick, educator, leader, and Towson University’s Presidential Scholar and is advised by a group of TU faculty, staff, alumni, and corporate and non-profit leaders who are fostering its development and implementing its programs.

Collective Partners

TU Partners

Mahnoor Ahmed
Associate Director, Women’s Resources

Tricia Brandenberg
Deputy Director of Athletics, Internal Operations

Kathleen Case
Facilitator, TU Professional Leadership Program for Women

LaVern Chapman
Diversity Specialist, Office of Inclusion & Institutional Equity

Nancy Grasmick
Presidential Scholar

Erica Green
Assistant Director of Brand Marketing, University Marketing and Communications

Bobbie Laur
Associate Vice President, Outreach, SPAR

Lorie Logan-Bennett
Assistant Vice President, Student Affairs

Alison McCartney
Faculty Director, Honors Stephens Hall

Lisa Michocki
Director of Student Academic and Career Services, CBE

Louise Miller
Assistant Vice President, Promotions and Events

Keiwana Perryman
Assistant Director of Leadership Student Director

Ardys Russakis
Executive Director for Policy and Strategic Initiatives, SPAR

Kate Wilkinson
Associate Professor Women’s & Gender Studies

Renee Spence
Assistant to the Presidential Scholar

External Founding Partners

Kim Fabian
Senior Vice President, Junior Achievement of Central Maryland

Kristi S. Halford
Founder and Chief Supporting Officer, C3 Visionary Strategies

Pat Isaac
Chief Executive Officer, Capital Services, Inc.;
The Education Foundation of Baltimore, County Public Schools – Board Member

Kristin O. Kosmodes
Managing Director/Head, Corporate Social Responsibility, Legg Mason Global Assest Management

Sharon Markley-Schreiber
COO, Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore

Kate Perry Jones
Vice President of Human Resources for Talent, Diversity and Inclusion and Global Systems, Global Tools and Storage (GTS) division, Stanley Black & Decker, Inc.