Women’s Leadership Network announces 2023 Leadership Academy

Women's Leadership Academy 2023

Women’s Leadership Academy 2023

The Women’s Leadership Network at the University of Central Arkansas announces the 2023 Class of the Women’s Leadership Academy. 

The Women’s Leadership Academy (WLA) is dedicated to empowering, enriching, and embracing women in our region, facilitating their leadership development. 

Through expert speakers, hands-on experiences and community service, the participants of the Women’s Leadership Academy will develop customizable skills in a network of diverse women sharing a commitment to their own beloved community. This six-month academy is committed to reaching women in a variety of pathways in life and assisting women in embracing their voice, elevating their leadership capacity and empowering them for a lifetime of leadership. 

The underwriting sponsor for the Academy is the Central Arkansas Open. 

“The Central Arkansas Open is proud to continue to be the underwriting sponsor for the Women’s Leadership Academy.  Our mission is to empower professional women golfers from all parts of the world who play in our Women’s All Pro Golf event here in Conway to ‘Dream Without Limits’ as they pursue their dream to play golf at the highest level in the LPGA,” said Pete Tanguay, founder and tournament director for the Central Arkansas Open. “We are honored to invest a portion of the proceeds from our tournament to financially support local women who are accepted to the Women’s Leadership Academy to gain the knowledge and connections necessary to pursue their dreams and become bold and successful leaders.”

The Academy sessions begin in January 2023 with a two-day retreat and conclude in July with a graduation celebration. 

The 2023 class of the Women’s Leadership Academy is listed below:

  • Ashley Bibby, Glow Party Rentals
  • Charmaine Cook-Johnson, business owner
  • Monique Davis, education specialist, Arkansas PBS
  • Mary Margaret Debow, Maumelle Charter Middle School
  • Jamie Gordon, Catalyst Counseling
  • Christie Hensley, realtor
  • Kennedy Hughes, True Holiness Saints Center
  • Anushree Jumde, Office of Congressman French Hill
  • Sherita Kern, UCA Career Services
  • Rachel Lovelace, Young Designers Academy/RayLoveThreads
  • Victoria Mays, Pen to Print Editing & Publishing, LLC
  • Amber Murphy, NTT Data
  • Vernice Nazare, laceForResources
  • Feyi Odeniyi, UCA graduate student
  • Mollie Parks, Conway Regional Health System
  • Aniya Polite, UCA student
  • Maleeyah Stacy, UCA student
  • Brandi Tyiska-Hawkins,  Ensono

Shaneil Ealy, associate vice president of UCA’s Division of Outreach and Community Engagement which houses the WLN, said, “This academy is women-centric and the personal development infused throughout this academy, along with the thread of diversity, belonging, inclusion and equity, make this academy unique.“

About the Women’s Leadership Network
The University of Central Arkansas Women’s Leadership Network is a network created for women, by women, to support women who are seasoned or aspirant leaders in the home, at work or in the community. The purpose of the network is to provide opportunities for women to connect from various backgrounds in Conway and surrounding areas. For more information, visit uca.edu/outreach/women. 

About the Central Arkansas Open
The Central Arkansas Open is a professional women’s golf tournament played at Centennial Valley Country Club in Conway, Arkansas each Spring beginning in 2020.  The event is part of the Women’s All-Pro Tour (WAPT), the official qualifying tour for the LPGA’s Symetra Tour.  The Central Arkansas Open partnered with the Women’s Leadership Network in 2020 to capitalize on the common goal of each organization, to empower women to Dream Without Limits.  For more information, contact Pete Tanguay at 501-908-3876 or pete@rockpondpros.com