Ph. (848) 932-8444
Lisa Hetfield, Associate Director and Director of Development
Ph. (848) 932-8447
Mary K. Trigg, Director of Leadership Programs and Research
Ph. (848) 932-8456
Connie A. Ellis, Corporate Programs Director
Ph. (848) 932-8457
Sasha Wood Taner, Associate Director, Leadership Programs and Research
Ph. (848) 932-8458
Gail Reilly, Department Administrator
Ph. (848) 932-8449
Areas of Expertise:
Projects & Campaigns
Eight-month, memntoring program that links Rutgers undergraduates with senior professional women.
Five-week, Rutgers undergraduate summer service-learning program which places students in social justice internships.
Intensive workshop series for women leaders holding senior-level positions in industry, the professions and nonprofit organizations.
Two-year, 19 credit Rutgers undergraduate certificate program in women's leadership.
Reports & Resources
Books and Monographs
Mary S. Hartman, ed., Talking Leadership: Conversations with Powerful Women (New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 1999).
Winnifred R. Brown-Glaude, ed., Doing Diversity in Higher Education: Faculty Leaders Share Challenges and Strategies (New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2008).
Mary K. Trigg, ed., Leading the Way: Young Women's Activism for Social Change  (New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2010).
Women Leaders Count began as an Institute research project in 1993, was reborn in the fall of 2001 as a research partnership between Rutgers’ Institute for Women’s Leadership and the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs, the Division on Women, and is once again a stand-alone research project at the IWL. The reports in the series focus on the status of New Jersey women in key areas of demographics and activism, work, education, health, poverty, the law, and violence against women. Since 2007, the Institute has published Women’s Leadership Fact Sheets as part of the project, and will continue to publish occasional reports. By bringing together available data, analyzing demographic trends, and identifying research gaps, we hope that Women Leaders Count will serve as a valuable tool to inform equitable policies and effective programs and increase public awareness of women’s leadership progress and challenges.
Published Issues of Women Leaders Count Reports
Focuses on factors pertinent to the lives of both younger and older women in the state and discusses how families and living arrangements, economics and work, health, education, and political participation differently affect women at various stages of their lives.
In New Jersey, women make up one-third of admissions to treatment facilities for substance abuse, and the percentage of women among those incarcerated for drug-related offenses has increased. “Substance Abuse and Its Effects on Women” considers the gender-specific issues of childcare, female-headed households, and the implications these have for women’s drug abuse and recovery.
“New Jersey Women”: Who Are We? How Are We Faring?” presents “vital statistics” on women’s status in New Jersey in the areas of population, age, immigration, marriage and marital status, families and households, education, work, and political representation, and considers future trends for women in the state.
“Boxed In and Breaking Out: New Jersey Women and Work in the 1990s”—Caroline Jacobus (November 1993)
“More and More on Their Own: Demographic Trends of New Jersey Women”—Caroline Jacobus (March 1993)
Opportunities, Grants & Fellowships
Programs sponsored by the Institute and Consortium Members for guest scholars, researchers, and others to visit Rutgers.
The purpose of this Fund is to provide Rutgers undergraduate students with opportunities to expand their education beyond the classroom through academic conferences, internships, research experiences, national summit meetings, leadership training, and skills workshops.