Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Urban Services - Urban Education
The purpose of this study was to investigate the Women's Institute for Leadership Development (W.I.L.D.) program to determine the immediate and long-term impact as defined by the alumni program participants from three cohorts (2008, 2005, 2003). A secondary focus of the career transition decision-making of recent W.I.L.D. participants was also investigated. Qualitative (individual interviews and W.I.L.D. inventory open-ended written responses) and quantitative [Career Transitions Inventory, (CTI), and the W.I.L.D. inventory] results were examined. Within group and between group differences were analyzed using a paired samples t-test, while a grounded theory approach indicated emerging themes for the immediate and long-term impact upon W.I.L.D. program participants. The W.I.L.D. program was found to have both an immediate and long-term impact for program participants. Systematic comparative analysis was used to develop the emerging themes related to leadership skills, leadership knowledge/information, and other beneficial components. Significant differences were found related to participants' perceived leadership skills. Implications based on the findings are discussed.
Ericksen, Kirsten S..
"An Evaluation of the Long-Term Effectiveness of a Women's Leadership Development Program"
(2009). Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), dissertation, , Old Dominion University, DOI: 10.25777/x343-mk08