Empowering Women to Lead With Confidence | Center for Women in Leadership (CWL) | Pepperdine University
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Empowering Women to Lead With Confidence

Are You Ready?

Organizations are seeking what women have to offer as leaders. At the Pepperdine Center for Women in Leadership (CWL), we focus on building your confidence and instilling the strongest sense of competency and readiness for the challenges and rewards of leadership. Through mentorship programs, industry engagement, and research on gender diversity, we contribute to an ongoing dialogue about women in leadership all around the world.

We believe now is the time to inspire and develop our women — our students, our faculty, and our staff — to their greatest leadership expression. In the words of Bernice Ledbetter, Director of the Pepperdine CWL, "Now is the time. Tomorrow may be too late."

"The capacity to build strong, productive relationships at work matters to success. This is a great time to be a woman in leadership because this shift taps into our strengths."

Bernice Ledbetter, EdD

Director, Center for Women in Leadership

What We Do

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About Us

Learn more about the Pepperdine CWL and the women behind it.

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Find out how you can benefit from your involvement with the CWL.

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Our Research

Explore our faculty research initiatives and grant opportunities.

Upcoming Events

Symposium for Women in Policy and Politics

Monday, October 23, 2017
8:30 am - 2:30 pm


Symposium for Women in Policy and Politics

Of the many areas of our public life where women have advanced as leaders, the gains made in politics and policy are the most prominent. Around the world, and here in the United States – from Margaret Thatcher in the UK to Hillary Clinton here in the US – current generations of women in political leadership have paved the way for even greater strides in the future. In this engaging and fast-moving half-day event, we will highlight the challenges and opportunities for women in policy and political leadership through exploring the subject in three parts.


The Broader Conversation

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What is the "Confidence Gap"?

When You're Ready, But Not Confident

Studies show that women don't feel prepared to step into their careers due to a lack of confidence. Yet women inherently possess in-demand skills and talents that organizations now seek for contemporary leadership.

Find out how the Pepperdine CWL is working to close this confidence gap with programs outside the classroom.

More about Our Purpose

Media Contributions

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See our contributions and media coverage in the Los Angeles Times, The Huffington Post, and more.

CWL in the Media

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Contact the Center for Women in Leadership

Pepperdine CWL
24255 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA 90263


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A Message From Bernice Ledbetter, PhD

Dr. Bernice Ledbetter is the Director of the Center for Women in Leadership and a faculty member at the Graziadio School of Business and Management. Learn what inspired her to start the Pepperdine CWL.

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Advancement Through Higher Education

The Princeton Review ranks the Pepperdine University Graziadio School of Business and Management no. 3 for Greatest Opportunities for Women.

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