Stepping Out with Courage

A Letter from WLI Director, Darce Paape “Lord, if it is you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.” “Come,” [Jesus] said, Matthew 14: 28-29.  The sky grew dark as the wind picked up in strength.  Many in the boat were fishermen and quite familiar with…

Leading From the Kitchen Table

By Stacy Hoeft WLI Board member I’m sure you don’t need to be reminded, but a few months ago the world went sideways.  After the first of the year COVID-19 seemed to creep quietly into our lives until March when we couldn’t go an hour without hearing about how much…

Meet Hannah Lull, 2020 Streufert Award Recipient

The Board of Directors of WLI proudly introduce the 2020 recipient of the Dr. Donna J. Streufert Leadership Award, Hannah Lull! The Streufert Award recognizes one or more female students at Concordia University Wisconsin (CUW) and Concordia University Ann Arbor (CUAA) who have demonstrated exceptional and/or unusual servant leadership as…

How to Create Sharpening Moments

by Wendysue Fluegge "As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another."  - Proverbs 27:17 Every day is filled with sharpening moments.   Chances to be encouraged and challenged by others.  Chances to do the encouraging and challenging for others.  Sometimes both are happening at once - mutual maximum sharpening. This…

Three Ways to Step into Courage Today

by Heidi Goehmann When I was in third grade, I wrote a letter to invite the governor of our state asking him to come and visit my elementary school. It was an election year and I had seen ads that showed him in a classroom, just like mine, talking with…

Soul Amnesia – We Fret When We Forget

By Karen Lippert Soul Amnesia.  I first heard these words from author, Ann Voskamp.  These words depict what often happens to us as Christian women.  Our souls just plain forget.  We know plenty of truth about God.  For starters, we know that: God is good God is faithful God is…

INTERGEN – 2020 MEETUPS @ CUWISCONSIN

[siteorigin_widget class="SiteOrigin_Widget_Image_Widget"][/siteorigin_widget] INTERGEN is an intergenerational mentoring group engaging women in conversations around event topics. Each night includes: light refreshments, a brief panel based on the chosen topic, as well as a time for open conversation with others. These meetups are FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. We meet on…

Meet the Mentors @ CUWisconsin – February 21, 2020

[siteorigin_widget class="SiteOrigin_Widget_Image_Widget"][/siteorigin_widget] Thank you for everyone who participated in our Meet the Mentors round table discussion event on Friday, February 21st! Mentors shared their perspectives on best mentoring practice and participants were able to engage in conversation around mentoring strategies and insights. Here are just a few comments from the…

CONFIDENTIALITY: Is it Endangered?

As a society we are more open than ever before. We divulge to the world what’s for dinner, who we’re with, and where we’re located. With the sharing of our personal lives in epic proportions, it’s easy to forget to practice discretion and protect each other’s privacy along the way.…

What Leadership Means to 2018 Streufert Winner Christina Erdmann

by Christina Erdmann Honesty. Commitment. The Ability to Inspire. According to the Center for Creative Leadership, these words are among the top ten traits of leadership, but what does leadership mean to me? Leadership is, and always has been, one of the defining factors of my personality and reputation. It…

WLI is Developing a Program With a Lasting Impact

by Darcy Paape, WLI Director September 12, 2019 Over the past year, the Women’s Leadership Institute (WLI) has taken a step back to think deeply about their purpose and strategy. We know that WLI is intergenerational and that mentoring is a tool we can activate to foster growth in ourselves…

2019 Streufert Award Essay

By Allison Kochheiser Service as always been an integral part of Campus Ministry at Concordia University Wisconsin. This year, my first year on Campus Ministry Leadership Team (CMLT), we began by serving together at Feeding America before our school responsibilities even began. Throughout the year, service is an important part…

Meet Allison Kochheiser, 2019 Streufert Award Recipient

The Board of Directors of WLI proudly introduce the 2019 recipient of the Dr. Donna J. Streufert Leadership Award, Allison Kochheiser. The Streufert Award recognizes one or more female students at Concordia University Wisconsin (CUW) and Concordia University Ann Arbor (CUAA) whom have demonstrated exceptional and/or unusual servant leadership as…

Three Principles of Mentoring I Learned from Elizabeth and Mary

by Sharla Fritz   Conflict. Never fun. Often bewildering. When I was a new pastor’s wife, I experienced a conflict with a member. Nothing serious, but I was in a situation I didn’t know how to handle. My husband had four years of training as a pastor, but I had…

Wins and Wows: Scoring Big in a New Leadership Role

by Sarah Holtan, Ph.D.   You’re in a new position of leadership. You don’t have a clue what you’re supposed to do. Did someone really think you were qualified for this?!? You feel like a walking, talking fraud and experience an out-of-body feeling each time you’re introduced by your new…

Directions for Dealing with the Difficult Boss

by Karen Sue Hinz Murdy "But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you." Matthew 5:44 The boss nobody wanted, or at least I did not...That was my boss. For several reasons, she rubbed people the wrong way, with her difficult demands, critical nature,…

Moving the Mission Forward – Director Letter, Spring 2019

Dear friends of WLI, Have you needed courage as you have walked forward into leadership? I know I need it every day. My love for Jesus and desire to tell His story is the very stuff that energizes me. But, leading . . . that does not come as easily.…

WLI Uses Feedback to Design New Programs

By Nicole Muth, Online Academy Director March 21, 2019 The Women’s Leadership Institute conducted a large scale survey of Concordia University Wisconsin and Ann Arbor alumni, students, and other women affiliated with WLI to inform WLI programming. Over eight hundred people participated in the survey, which sought input on topics,…

Gaining Wisdom with Others

by Marge Franzen God’s Solutions You may, like me, find yourself in a period of isolation, whether that be geographically, physically emotionally, spiritually. The source can vary, either illness or overload can shove you into a new aloneness, a sense that no one is here but me.  What an excellent…

Emboldened Defined

The meaning behind the word embolden is to give (someone) the courage or confidence to do something or to behave in a certain way. In other words, to instill a boldness that allows them to act. As Christians, our actions are a response to the love Christ has for us…

WLI Director Darcy Paape Publishes First Book

WLI Director Darcy Paape has published her first book, "Someone to Walk With" as a woman's guide to Christian mentoring.   We all want someone to walk with through the highs and lows, an authentic friend who will help us stay anchored to things that matter and avoid things that…

Best Practices 2019 – Phoenix, AZ

WLI Director Darcy Paape and Linda Arnold want to thank all who visited the WLI booth at Best Practices Phoenix to learn about our new online academy engagements, printable Equip resources and our growing community on social media! We hope to see you again. If we missed you, find us at…

WHY DON’T WE?

By Rev. Dr. Daniel Paavola Jenny hadn’t belonged to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church long. She hadn’t grown up there, as most had, but we could count on seeing Jenny, her husband Charlie, and their three boys every Sunday. One day, after church, Jenny asked me the question that had no good…

WLI to Host 15th Anniversary Dinner

WLI founders Dan and Donna Streufert, along with the entire WLI community, will be hosting a 15th Anniversary dinner on Saturday, November 17th, 2018 at 6 p.m. The dinner is in celebration of 15 successful years of ministry by WLI.  Held on Concordia University Wisconsin's (CCES Building) campus, the evening…

Six Ways to Help a Friend Who is Unemployed

by Dale Kreienkamp You just received news that a good friend of yours has lost their job and is now looking for a new job. You want to help, but don’t know how to best help them. As someone who’s been through the journey twice in my life, let me give…

Six Things to Help Your Spouse Who is Unemployed

by Dale Kreienkamp Your spouse just told you they lost their job. Life for the two of you has now changed. How do you support them as they go through their job search?  It won’t be easy, but I’ve been through this journey twice in my life and received amazing support…

Six Things to do if You Become Unemployed

by Dale Kreienkamp Even in a good economy, over 20 million people will lose their job this year through a discharge or layoff.  The decision won’t be theirs. You just received word you’re one of those who has lost your job. It doesn’t matter why, or whether you saw it coming,…

A Tribute to a Faithful Servant

The Women’s Leadership Institute lost a dear friend and servant-hearted leader just a short while ago. Tara Lynn Kuhl former Women’s Leadership Institute (WLI) board member and current WLI program and events work team member was called home on Wednesday July 11th, 2018. She was the beloved wife of Jonathan…

WLI Launches New Courses

WLI is excited to annouce the launch of a new three-part course series with it's very own WLI Speaker Susan Marshall! Join Susan as she discusses Confidence . In this three-part series, she begins by defining what confidence is, and then helps us understand how important critical thinking is to our confidence.…

WLI Leaders Plan for Future

WLI Leaders recently met for a weekend of vision discovery and forward thinking with Kurt Bickel from Cornerstone Consulting. Stay tuned for upcoming announcements about new programs, online courses, and leadership courses! Photo from L to R: Front Row: Katy Shields, WLI Director Darcy Paape, Cacia Speckhard Back Row: Rev.…

2018 Streufert Award Nominees

The Women's Leadership is blessed to recognize fourteen of this year's Donna J. Streufert Women's Leadership award nominees in chapel this morning. What an amazing bunch of talented servant leaders. Thank you for letting your light shine in amazing ways, we are cheering you on to even greater feats. Christina…

Meet Christina Erdmann, 2018 Streufert Award Recipient

The Board of Directors of WLI proudly introduce the 2018 recipient of the Dr. Donna J. Streufert Leadership Award, Christina Erdmann. The Streufert Award recognizes one or more female students at Concordia University Wisconsin (CUW) and Concordia University Ann Arbor (CUAA) whom have demonstrated exceptional and/or unusual servant leadership as…

The Best of Times….The Worst of Times

by Karen Sue Hinz Murdy “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” So begins “A Tale of Two Cities”. Since my high schooler was reading this classic story, I decided to read it, too. I love the way Charles Dickens masterfully creates contrasts. “It was the…

The Real You Revealed: Realize Your Identity in Christ

by Dr. Tammy Ferry It happened about 3 years ago while we were in Spain. On the last night of our trip, after doing some wonderful sightseeing in Madrid, we headed to our rental car. The moment we opened the car door we sensed something was wrong.  My heart sank…

My Story of Visual Faith

by Pat Maier In November of 2012, God blessed me with a new friend. I met Connie Denninger at a church leaders’ conference. Being the wives of the leaders attending, we made plans to meet for conversation. That’s when I saw her Bible….. Connie’s Bible was fat and full of…

Where Are You Looking? How Shifting Your Gaze Can Reduce Your Stress

by Amy Meyer Did you know that WHERE you gaze affects HOW you view your problems? It matters where you look.  Are your eyes cast down and looking at yourself, your problems, your wants and needs? Are your eyes fixed on your worries, on what is missing, or what you…

Meet Katelyn Schneider, 2017 Streufert Award Recipient

The Board of Directors of WLI proudly introduce the 2017 recipient of the Dr. Donna J. Streufert Leadership Award, Katelyn Schneider. The Streufert Award recognizes one or more female students at Concordia University Wisconsin (CUW) and Concordia University Ann Arbor (CUAA) whom have demonstrated exceptional and/or unusual servant leadership as…

Leading in Blue Jeans: Dressing for Success in God’s Eyes

by Allison Baltzersen How we define success and who we are seeking to impress dictates how we dress as a leader. I recently attended a WLI event in which I was surrounded by other leaders from a variety of professions.  I noticed quickly that they were dressed up.  Like dry-clean-only…

Christian Women in Leadership: Gloria Nelund

Gloria Nelund has been blessed with a life characterized by great success is business and constant, faithful service to her Lord with her God-given talents and abilities. Read on… What does it look like to be a woman in a leadership role? How does Christian faith impact leadership? And what…

Christian Women in Leadership: Rachel Morton

For Rachel Morton, an important part of being a Christian leader is recognizing our own fallibility and need for God’s grace as we lead others in Christian love. Read on… What does it look like to be a woman in a leadership role? How does Christian faith impact leadership? And…