Global Women in Leadership

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Global Women in Leadership
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107: MW 5:00 – 6:15 pm
Fall 2016
Civic Engagement

This course is an exploration into leadership, traits leaders possess (especially female leaders), how women lead, the potential challenges women face as leaders, and how students can harness their strengths to become leaders on campus, and eventually, in their respective fields. Students will analyze leadership traits, types of leadership, and gender roles for women in different countries, learn about female leaders both locally and around the world, understand the difficulties women leaders face around the world, and complete self-reflection to better understand how they can lead and help others become leaders. Male and female leaders mentor and collaborate with diverse leaders and followers who possess a variety of strengths. The intent of this course is to expose students to new and global ideas, to get them to start thinking about the impact they would like to have on their world, and to teach them about how female leaders are successful, so that they, too, can become and cultivate successful leaders. This course will help male and female students understand leadership traits, their own strengths, and methods for which to become leaders and mentor leaders both on campus and in the future.


Alison Reaves serves as associate director for the career development area of the BB&T Student Leadership Center. Alison provides career coaching for students, delivers class presentations, teaches BUS 3541 and supervises the center's para-professional career counselors. In addition, Alison serves as the internship manager for the Walker College's academic internship program, provides career counseling for recent alumni and manages a social media presence for the center. Alison also runs the center's new Professional Leadership Certification Program, which offers students an opportunity to earn recognition for achieving mastery of specific leadership and professional skills; over 40 students have already been inducted. Alison received her undergraduate degrees in History and Political Science from Appalachian in 2010 and was first in her class in both programs. Following graduation, Alison worked for a non-profit in Washington, DC as a small donor fundraiser and grant-writer. She returned to Appalachian in 2011 to earn her Masters in Public Administration and join the Walker College career services staff.

Contact FYS

The First Year Seminar is part of the General Education Program located in Anne Belk Hall, Room 250.

Phone: 828-262-2028

Our mailing address:
First Year Seminar
ASU Box 32065
Appalachian State University
Boone, NC 28608

Director of First Year Seminar:
Dr. Martha McCaughey

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