Gustavus Women in Leadership

Gustavus Women in Leadership Celebrates Our 10 Year Anniversary,
All Year Long!


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, 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:

October 1, 2019: GWIL 10th Year Anniversary Kick-Off Event

When: October 1, 2019 at 5:30 PM

Where: American Swedish Institute, 2600 Park Ave, Minneapolis.

What: Encourage a fellow Gustie, friend or co-worker to come join in the "buzz," as we catch up or connect anew at this favored annual event. Mingle, share a beverage and appetizer with new and old friends and hear from our evening's special guest, Charity Jones, the lead actress in the History Theatre's Regional Premiere, Gloria: A Life. Charity plays the role of Gloria Steinem in this new work written by Tony Award-winning playwright, Emily Mann. Hear Charity's take on playing one of the most important figures of America's feminist movement.

Cost of the event includes non-alcoholic drinks and light hors d’oeuvres. Wine and beer will be available for purchase. Register early and capture your ticket. See you then!

Register online by Wednesday, Sept. 25th at 11:59 p.m. Questions? Please email

Oct. 17, 2019: Regional Premiere of Gloria: A Life.

When: Thursday, October 17th 2019 at 7:30 PM

Where: History Theatre, 30 10th St E, St Paul

What: We find that nearly half a century later, Ms. Steinem’s fight for gender equality is still a battle yet to be won. Her work continues in this powerful theatrical event with an all-female cast led by Charity Jones and directed by Risa Brainin. Don't miss this opportunity to view the play with our GWIL friends. 

The History Theatre has kindly reserved seating in Tier 1, (MF) starting with Section B, but any Main Floor seat, Rows E thru M can be purchased at our special price of $30, using this code: GLORIAGV. There is a $6.00 handling fee pre order, but not per ticket. There is very limited seating; so, purchase your tickets as soon as possible. We are so excited to have you join us! (More information to follow about a pre-theatre gathering location!) 

Purchase tickets and register by clicking here or please call 651-292-4323 or 651-292-4320 and ask for the Gustavus offer. 

Nov. 14, 2019: Breakfast at the Interlachen Country Club--Gustavus Lifelong Learning Through Leadership program

When: Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019 from 7:00 am to 9:00 am 

Where: Interlachen Country Club

What: George Hicks ‘75 and Marcia Page ’82, co-founders of Värde Partners, will be interviewing David W. MacLennan, Chairman and CEO of Cargill. Join us for what could be an exciting series supporting the mission of the College. The breakfast is a joint initiative of Gustavus Women in Leadership (GWIL), Gusties in Business and the Gustavus Office of Alumni and Parent Engagement. More information to follow. 

March 6, 2020: GWiL 10th Annual Conference

When: Friday, March 6th 2020 from 9 AM to 3 PM

Where: Sheraton Bloomington Hotel, 5601 W 78th St, Bloomington.

What: "Her Journey to the Future: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow"

Join us to celebrate the 10th anniversary of GWiL, 100 years since the Women's Suffrage, and progress of women through time.

Check out the 10th GWiL Conference Promo Video here

Past GWiL Events:

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.

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.

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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.