Women’s Leadership Collective

The Women’s Leadership Collective provides leadership skills and experience to allow women to advance their academic and professional careers—while creating a collective of women supporting women.

The Collective creates distinct cohorts of TU undergraduate and graduate students and high school girls to share stories, skills, experiences, and best practices that enable participants to sharpen communication, assessment, and critical thinking skills as they build self-confidence. Participants are exposed to mentors, networking liaisons, and leadership skills curriculum to help in defining and solidifying their capacity and roles as influencers, catalysts, team members, and innovators.

The Collective creates 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.

“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


Women’s Leadership Collective Partners

The Collective is conceived by Dr. Nancy Grasmick, TU’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.

Partner Groups

Mahnoor Ahmed
Associate Director, Women’s Resources

Tricia Brandenburg
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

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. Kosmides
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.

Dr. Grasmick serves as ambassador for TU’s Professional Leadership Program for Women, a program under Dr. Schatzel’s TU Matters to Maryland priority. Alumni of this program participate in a mentorship program with our Outstanding Young Women Leaders Program.

Learn more about this program.

Launched in January 2020, the Outstanding Young Women Leaders program is a year-long program that provides leadership and mentorship activities and events for young women—one junior from each Baltimore County public high school. Spearheaded by Dr. Grasmick and the Women’s Leadership Collective, the program allows young women to interact with TU administrators, faculty and students and be matched with female corporate mentors, with mentors and mentees connecting throughout the year.

To be eligible for the program, young women must meet academic, leadership and community service requirements and be nominated by their principal. Members of the TU Women’s Leadership Collective select a finalist from each high school after reviewing applications and school transcripts and conducting interviews.

The TU Student Leadership Advisory Council is made up of female TU students who help to identify programmatic needs, plan events, and provide leadership opportunities across campus.