Women in Leadership & Philanthropy

The Women in Leadership & Philanthropy (WLP) program at USF is focused on engaging and educating its members in support of women and women's initiatives throughout USF and in our communities.

Founded in 2005 by a small group of individuals and a handful of Tampa Bay area corporations, WLP advanced a vision shared by noted philanthropist Carol Morsani and USF President Emerita and Professor Judy  Genshaft to create the first women’s philanthropic organization in the Tampa Bay region focused on developing the intellectual and leadership potential of women through the promotion of mentorship, philanthropy, community engagement and scholarly excellence. Fast forward 14 years and WLP — now numbering more than 350 individual and 25 corporate members strong — has helped stimulate numerous transformational gifts to benefit USF has directly raised well over $5 million to support our scholarships and programs; and has invested well over $1 million in grants, scholarships and programmatic funding to assist female students, faculty members and women in the Tampa Bay region. These achievements are a clear sign that USF WLP is a key driver in advancing women’s leadership and philanthropy in our communities and is fulfilling the vision of our founding members.

Since our founding, WLP has awarded more than 600 scholarships, devoted mentoring hours to countless students and has provided research awards to 35 female faculty members. WLP presents a wide variety of educational and leadership development programs annually on all USF campuses and in our surrounding communities, and has formed formal  mentoring partnerships with USF’s Center for Leadership & Civic Engagement, Office of Veteran Success, Athletics, the Transitional Advising Center, the Honors College, USF St. Petersburg and USF Sarasota-Manatee. In 2016, in partnership with Valley Bank (formerly USAmeriBank), WLP enhanced our student leadership programming by forming the WISE (Women Who Ignite Student Engagement) Advisory Council. Together with the WLP Mentoring and Program Committees and with the WLP WISE Advisory Council, we developed and launched USF's first student-led leadership symposium in spring 2017, and just celebrated our third successful WISE Student Symposium in March 2019. 

The continued success of WLP is the result of the collective generosity of all of our members, who lend their time, talent and treasure to make WLP the impactful organization that it has become. We thank you, our Founding, Lifetime, Corporate and Individual members, for your engagement and continued leadership and support, and encourage others to “join in” and become a part of the WLP Experience.

WLP Leadership

India Witte

Executive Director
Women in Leadership & Philanthropy

Meet Our Team

Kate Evans
Associate Director

Jessica Brasseur

Staff Assistant

wlp thanks Our Corporate Members