Global Women & Leadership Alliance


The newly formed Global Women's Leadership Alliance (GWLA) was created in May 2018 after a 2-day roundtable gathering of 11 women's leadership scholars and practitioners focused on figuring out how to move more scholars toward a higher level of engagement with local, state, national, regional, and global public policy.

The mission of the GWLA is to catalyze a new wave of women and leadership scholars and scholarly practitioners to influence public policy towards equity, sustainability, and peace. Studies have demonstrated the positive influence of women in public policy realm, with social, economic, political, and environmental benefits. 

The GWLA will focus on three primary goals:

  1. Providing and facilitating training, development, and educational opportunities for women and leadership scholars to learn more about public policy.
  2. Connecting individuals, groups, and organizations doing related work and strengthening networking opportunities. 
  3. Preparing scholars to influence other scholars, scholarly practitioners, and women in general with the ultimate goal of having more women leaders in all sectors, countries, and contexts.


Global information on women and leadership has been gathered to provide women and leadership scholars worldwide with information on global resources, networks and organizations by country, published reports from across the globe, and details about the global theorizing women and leadership movement. 


Executive Committee
  • Wendy Fox Kirk (Assistant Professor, Goddard School of Business and Economics, Weber State University)
  • Susan R. Madsen (Orin R. Woodbury Professor of Leadership & Ethics, Woodbury School of Business, Utah Valley University)
  • Julia Storberg-Walker, Associate Professor and Co-Director, Executive Leadership Program, Graduate School of Education and Human Development, George Washington University
  • Faith Wambura Ngunjiri (Associate Professor and Director of the Lorentzsen Center for Faith and Work, Offutt School of Business, Concordia College)
  • Rita Gardiner (Assistant Professor of Critical Policy, Equity and Leadership Studies, Faculty of Education, Western University)
  • Meena S. Wilson (President and Chairperson, Alliances for Women; Former Researcher, Center for Creative Leadership)
  • Chrys Egan (Professor of Communication, Co-Director of the Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity, Salisbury University)
  • Jennifer W. Martineau (Senior Vice President, Research, Evaluation, and Societal Advancement, Center for Creative Leadership)

Senior Advisors

  • Barbara Crosby, Associate Professor Emerita, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota
  • Amanda Ellis, Executive Director, Hawaii and Asia-Pacific, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability, Arizona State University
  • Elizabeth (Liz) Grant, Visiting Associate Professor, Graduate School of Education & Human Development, The George Washington University