Leadership Opportunities

Women's Initiative on Leadership

Women's Initiative on LeadershipThe W.I.L. program at FLCC was born out of the recognized need for more leadership development opportunities for women on and off campus. Industry leaders have advocated and statistical information has shown that it is when women gather together, share stories, mentor, and have a safe space to be able question and develop, that they're able to grasp an understanding of their full potential. It is all about encouraging women to pursue their ambitions, and changing the conversation from what we can't do to what we can do. The generous support of the Office of Student Life, the Student Corporation, Finger Lakes Community College & Foundation, Canandaigua Chamber of Commerce, and the Canandaigua ATHENA Award recipients help to make the W.I.L. program happen.

Part I

The first part of the W.I.L. program is a 6-week themed personal leadership development program. Topics include: confidence and self-esteem, limitations, group dynamics, art of leadership, overcoming adversity, and taking risks. Each semester the program also includes an overnight trip off-campus that allows the group to grow together and delve deeper into the topics covered. This series will offer students practical skills they can apply in their daily lives while in college and beyond into the workforce. Upon completion, each of the students who successfully fulfills the requirements will receive a certificate. The W.I.L. program is free to any student registered at FLCC.

Part II

All students who successfully complete Part I of the W.I.L. program are invited to participate in Part II. All students will be paired with an ATHENA Award program participant to be trained to be a mentor for young women in middle school to early high school. This program will run in three sessions focused on mentorship, empowerment and connecting with young women.

To sign up, visit the Office of Student Life. For more information and the most current meeting dates and times, contact: for Part I - Andrea Brown, Assistant Director of Student Life at Andrea.Brown@flcc.edu, and for Part II - Jennie Erdle, Director of Student Life at Jennie.Erdle@flcc.edu.

To learn more about this and other leadership opportunities, visit the Office of Student Life.


Office of Student Life
Student Center, Room 2120
Phone: (585)785-1264


Mon–Thu: 8:30 AM–5 PM
Fri: 8:30 AM–4 PM