Center for Women's Leadership

What We Do

The mission of the Center for Women’s Leadership (CWL) is to provide an environment for building girls’ and women’s lives through enrichment, leadership development, and education. To accomplish this mission, the CWL is responsible for creating and conducting programs that help students develop and strengthen their leadership skills. We oversee three programs:

  • LEO (Leadership, Experiences, Opportunity) certification program for Cottey students to receive recognition and certification for their leadership efforts on campus.
  • The College's Leader in Residence program, which brings a woman leader to campus for several days every year to present to classes and small groups, and meet with LEO students, faculty and staff, and;
  • Working in partnership with other girl-serving organizations, the Center for Women’s Leadership outreaches to develop leadership skills for area girls. These partnerships include:
    • Mother Daughter Etiquette Tea for Nevada area Girl Scouts.
    • Girl EmPOWERment Club for 6th grade girls at Nevada Middle School
    • Young Women on the Move for middle and high school girls from Kansas City, KS
    • Women’s Foundation of Greater Kansas City Girls Grant Project, a program for high school girls in the Kansas City metro area teaching leadership and philanthropy
    • My Life Program for freshman, sophomore, and junior girls at Nevada High School

Sample Programming

Networking with women leaders
Networking Women Invitation
Distinguished Speaker Series
Sara Orel, Leader-in-Residence, November, 2014

LEO Field Trips



Crystal Bridges
Fall 2012 Field Trip
Group Photo

LEO Presidential Projects

Cottey Career Closet

Kitchen Challenge

Contact Information

Helen and George Washburn Center for Women's Leadership
400 S. College (just south of Hinkhouse Center)
icon-telephone 417-667-8181, ext. 2204


Denise Carrick Hedges, Director

Campus Information
Campus Resources
Cottey College
For Women • By Women • About Women

1000 West Austin
Nevada, Missouri 64772
Phone: 417-667-8181
Fax: 417-667-8103
Admission: 888-5-COTTEY