Assistant Dean for Community Engagement Ashley Wells Selected for WILMA’s 2020 Leadership Institute

Friday, January 10, 2020

Ashley Wells, assistant dean for community engagement at UNCW, has been selected to participate in WILMA’s 2020 Leadership Institute. The institute is an intensive nine-month program designed to assist high-potential women in the community further their leadership roles, learning ways to negotiate, communicate and motivate while leveraging their existing strengths.
The institute’s 2020 cohort of women come from a variety of professional backgrounds, and over the next nine months will learn from experts and each other on how to enhance their leadership skills. The initiative strives to cultivate more local women leaders in nonprofits, businesses, government agencies and boards of directors.

Wells believes the institute will be beneficial in clarifying her vision as a leader and her understanding of the leadership cultures within the community in general.

“I am really looking forward to joining a network of other leaders I can learn with, from, and about,” said Wells. “My goal is to continually evolve as a strong role model for my sons and daughter, as well as create a supportive environment for the women I work with every day so that they may grow and lean into their own leadership mindset.”

Promoting an inclusive culture is a key objective of the university’s Strategic Plan, and Wells relates to this vision and the importance of empowering women.

“I believe it is important to help all people reach their full potential in life,” said Wells. “Women encouraging and supporting women in reaching their leadership goals is especially important for everyone as it challenges and addresses the gender leadership gap we have across many industries.”

Wells received a bachelor’s degree in political science; master’s of public health in health promotion and behavior; and a Ph.D. in adult learning, leadership and organizational development from the University of Georgia. She joined UNCW two years ago as the assistant dean for community engagement and is also a part-time instructor in the School of Health and Applied Human Sciences.

-- Christina Schechtman