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First Year Seminar Course

Otterbein Women's Leadership Network

The First Year Experience Program

The student's journey begins in the Women in Leadership FYS course taught by Otterbein President Kathy Krendl. This course introduces a select group of female Otterbein students to women leaders in their community, and encourages them to explore themselves, their passions and values, and their educational and professional goals.

This course unites students in an environment that allows them to explore various avenues where women are generating positive feedback, doing powerful work and contributing to their communities. Students are also introduced to various opportunities to get involved through community service, internships and careers opportunities, and are connected with peer mentors.

Speakers from various fields visit the class in order to discuss leadership, challenges in society and the ways they fulfill their roles in their careers. Integrated with Otterbein's Living-Learning Community, the women in President Krendl's class reside in a designated residence hall, giving them the chance to take their experiences from the classroom and into the rest of their endeavors on campus. This experience allows students to discover their passions and how they can take steps to achieve their goals.

When students complete this course, they become Miller-Winter Scholars - named after the first two female students to graduate from Otterbein. These women then transition into various leadership roles available to them on campus.

Associated Videos

  • Women and Leadership: Mission, Purpose, Driving Force, Passion (9/8/15)
    Panel discussion from Dr. Kathy Krendl's Women and Leadership class. Guests include Robin Campbell, Senior Director of Corporate Relations with The Dave Thomas Foundation; Katie Johnson, Assistant Attorney General at the Ohio Attorney General's Office; and Miguel Martinez-Saenz, Provost, Vice President of Academic Affairs at Otterbein University.

  • Women and Leadership: Understanding Community (9/29/15)
    Panel discussion from Dr. Kathy Krendl's Women and Leadership class. Guests include Barb Poppe, Founder & CEO - Poppe Associates; Kimberly Sharp, Deputy Director of Planning & Development - City of Westerville; Tammy Wharton, CEO - Girl Scouts of Ohio; Elfi Di Bella, President & CEO - YWCA Columbus; and Dr. Jane Wiechel, Executive Director - Communities in Schools.

/ Contact Us

Melissa Kesler Gilbert
Associate Dean of Experiential Learning and Director for the Center for Community Engagement
p/ 614.823.1251
e/ mgilbert@otterbein.edu

Kristi Robbins
Chief of Staff, President's Office
p/ 614.823.1232
e/ krobbins@otterbein.edu

Women's Fund of Central Ohio

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