Gustavus Women in Leadership

NEXT EVENT: Speed Networking February 7th, 2019! Sign up!

What's New With GWiL:

We hosted an Alumni event in the cities discussing "paying it forward" in all stages of your life. 6 panelists shared their advice and answered questions about balancing time, finances & giving back. Plus we had a surprise visit from GUS!

Who are we?


Alumnae, students and friends are the heart of this unique program which inspires women in their personal and professional leadership.

Together, we create a community where we can connect, learn, mentor and teach each other - and the next generation of women leaders. We host a variety of alumni networking and educational events in the twin cities, student events on campus, a three day GWIL Student Scholar Business Bootcamp, and the grand finale Gustavus Women in Leadership Conference.

How do we develop Gustie Leaders?

We are a student and volunteer led organization, the students are chosen by board members through an interview process. Then, we divide out the responsibilities into committees in order to make the organization run smoothly throughout the year. Each student(s) team up with their respective board members to meet their committees goals. The students work cross functionally with each other (and the board members,) lead weekly meetings, and organize events and the conference. Students are able to get experience running an organization in a business like setting which gives them great experience for internships and future jobs.

Upcoming GWiL Events:

Feb. 7th, 2019: Speed Networking & Empowerment

The power of connections and networking are immense – the more we get to know each other, the more we can support and empower one another; grab a friend and join in as Career and Life Coach, Kelsey Erickson, leads an evening of structured speed networking and relationship-building, focused around making new and deeper connections! Sample questions include:

  • Where are you currently employed, and what is your role there?
  • If you could have any job other than your current role, what would it be?
  • Why did you join GWIL?
  • What's one of the best pieces of advice you've ever been given?

Time: 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Location: Metropolitan Ballroom & Clubroom: 5418 Wayzata Blvd, Golden Valley, MN 55416
Parking: Free parking available on site
Registration Cost: $20.00

Cost of the event includes non-alcoholic drinks and light hors-d'oeuvres. Wine and beer will be available for purchase.

Register Here

Questions? Please email

April 25th, 2019: GWiL Speaker's Event

Event: Thursday, April 25th, 2019
Location: Minneapolis


April 26th, 2019: 9th Annual Gustavus Women in Leadership Conference

Event: Friday, April 26th, 2019
Location: Sheraton Bloomington Hotel, 5601 W 78th St, Minneapolis, MN 55439.


June 6th, 2019: Networking/Speaker Event

Event: Thursday, June 6th, 2019 @ 5:30pm
Location: TBD


Past Events

Feb. 22, 2018:
The Seven F's of Good Leadership (Faith, Family, Finances, Fitness, Friends, Fun and Future)
with TinaWoitaszewski ‘94.

Enhance your skills to be more effective in your professional and personal life and hear Tina’s personal journey of overcoming the fear of change, resiliency, asking for help, and the importance of gratitude.

Nov. 9, 2017, 5:30 pm - 7:30pm:
Media Panel: The Role and Influence of the Media

A media and public relations professional panel that included Maria Reitan, former Emmy Award-winning news director and Erin Mathe, former news anchor discussed the ethics and influence of today’s media climate.

Questions? Please email

Sept. 28, 2017
What's in Your Communication Tool Box

A lively discussion was led by Pastor Susan (Lindy) Purdy '70 to sharpen attendees communication skills across age, gender, ethnic, and political differences.

June 15, 2017
Summer Kick-off Event on Lake Calhoun:

GWIL membership program was launched over cocktails and networking on the terrace of the Calhoun Beach Club.

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Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsorships offer an opportunity to support the work of Gustavus Women in Leadership, develop market awareness among hundreds of professional women, and mentor and connect with scores of talented students each year.

Sponsorship Levels
Bronze Silver Gold Diamond
$500 & up $1,000 & up $5,000 & up $10,000 & up
Invitation to speakers’ dinner prior to the GWIL Conference X X X X
Recognition at GWIL Events and 2019 Conference X X X
Recognition as lead sponsor in all marketing materials X
Free tickets to the GWIL Annual Conference X (qty 2) X (qty 4) X (qty 8)
A reserved table at GWIL Annual Conference, X
Opportunity to introduce a keynote speaker at the GWIL Conference, X
Invitation to collaborate with the conference committee to fill one of the breakout sessions. X
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*You may choose to waive the sponsorship benefits so 100% of your gift will go to GWIL.