Center for Women's Leadership

What We Do

The Center for Women's Leadership is responsible for creating and conducting programs that help you develop and strengthen your leadership skills.  We oversee three programs:

  • LEO (Leadership, Experiences, Opportunity) for Cottey students;
  • 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;
  • The Cottey-Nevada Presidential Leadership Program, an after-school program offered to Nevada High School junior and senior girls. Twelve students are selected based on application and teacher recommendation. This program is funded through community donors.

Sample Programming

Networking with women leaders
Networking Women Invitation
Distinguished Speaker Series
Linda Gastrom, Artist-in-Residence, November 19-22, 2013

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

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