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Women’s Leadership Institute

What Is WLI?

Current Schedule


WLI is an experience-based certificate program that enables participants to develop and strengthen leadership skills while exploring a feminist perspective in religion and society.  Led by Professor Miriam Therese Winter, WLI meets once a month from September through May. In seminars that take place onMT 2018 headshot Saturday morning and afternoon, participants hone leadership skills rooted in a feminist perspective that is justice-based, globally oriented, attentive to diversity, and ritually expressed.  The outcome is an embodied spirituality grounded in the very real world of our personal and public lives.

Core to the program is a guided analysis of content relative to current realities, personal and group reflection on experience, informative and evocative reading, deepening a sense of community, and integrating rituals and prayer.

Essential elements of the program are:

• completion of the eight core seminars

• small group participation and application

• a cross-cultural immersion experience

• a project in leadership

For questions about the Women’s Leadership Institute, please contact our admissions office at

860-509-9549 or admissions@hartsem.edu

WLI meets once a month from September through May. The eight seminars are scheduled on Saturdays between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. with a two-hour break beginning at noon.  In light of the current pandemic, this year’s program will be offered online via Zoom.

2020-21 Academic Year – Saturdays

September 26
October 24
November 21
December 19
January 16
February 13
March 13
April 10

May 21 – Seminary Graduation

Application Deadline: September 1, 2020.  Enrollment is limited to 15 participants.


There are no academic prerequisites for admission to the program.  Required of all participants are an openness to a feminist perspective in religion and society and a willingness to honor diverse points of view.


The cost of the Women’s Leadership Institute is $575. The graduation fee is $65.

NOTE: On your application, you will be asked to provide the email of one reference  and to submit a $40 application fee.

Start your application to the Women’s Leadership Institute here:


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