Three UNCW Employees Named to WILMA’s 2019 Leadership Institute

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Three UNCW employees are among the community leaders included in the 2019 Leadership Institute sponsored by WILMA magazine. Christina Lanier, a professor in the Department of Sociology and Criminology; Kathryn Pohlman, sustainability coordinator in Environmental Health and Safety; and Sheri Shaw, assistant dean for student success in the College of Health and Human Services, have all been selected to participate in the institute.
Part of WILMA’s Women to Watch Leadership Initiative, the institute is a nine-month program geared toward high-potential women in New Hanover, Pender and Brunswick counties. Members of the 2019 group come from a variety of disciplines and will have the opportunity to enhance their leadership skills while learning from some of the area’s top performers. The initiative hopes to cultivate more local women leaders in nonprofits, businesses, government agencies and boards of directors.

“Having women in leadership positions provides a broader range of perspectives for various issues,” said Lanier. “In higher education, there is a dearth of female role models in leadership positions. We need to continue to encourage and educate women about leadership opportunities.”
As her job regularly requires working with students on a mentorship and advisory basis, Pohlman hopes the institute can help her inspire and motivate future female leaders at UNCW.
“I have found that what is expected of me is more than knowledge in my field, but also leading students through the next phase of their life,” said Pohlman. “I’m hoping that my new role in the Leadership Institute will provide me with additional language and the awareness needed to help me encourage these students to be strong women and take big, sometimes scary steps toward their professional success.”
Shaw sees the importance of women leaders within higher education as something that UNCW values, and she is eager to assist the university’s progress with knowledge and strategies gained from the institute. Promoting a diverse and inclusive culture is a key objective of the university’s Strategic Plan.

“In the two years that I have had the opportunity to work at UNCW, I feel that there has been an increase in women leadership throughout UNCW in departments, student and academic affairs,” said Shaw. “I look forward to the opportunity to take it to the next level, establishing interprofessional support networks, sponsors and mentorship opportunities.”

 -- Christina Schechtman


Christina Lanier  

Christina Lanier, professor, Department of Sociology and Criminology

  Kat Pohlman  

Kathryn Pohlman, sustainability coordinator, Environmental Health and Safety

  Sheri Shaw

Sheri Shaw, assistant dean for student success, College of Health and Human Services