The Women's Leadership Institute aims to enhance leadership abilities, increase awareness of personal skills, and assist women in developing learning strategies to help them create positive sustainable change in their communities. This FREE conference for UMSL students will address a range of leadership challenges faced by women, including networking, mentorship and career advancement, moving beyond the perceptions of women in the workplace, and thriving in diverse cultures. 

Date: Friday, March 10, 2017

Time: 9:30am-4:00pm

Location: Millennium Student Center, 3rd floor

Please feel free to contact:

Jenna Bartak, Coordinator of Leadership Education

Aaron Pelloquin, Graduate Assistant of Leadership Education


Register online by Friday, March 3, 2017. All registrants are invited to attend a Navigating Networking session to prepare for the Networking Lunch at the Institute.  All workshops are from 2:00pm-2:30pm in MSC Career Services (MSC 278).  Please sign up for one workshop--spaces are limited:

Tuesday, January 31 
Monday, February 13
Thursday, March 3

Jennifer Oertli – Entrepreneur & Passionate Advocate for Women

Jennifer Oertli began her career in marketing and creative services, representing high-end commercial creative talent to global brands such as Pepsi, Volvo and Coors.

Jennifer spent eight years as Vice President and Director, Human Resources, at DDB St. Louis advertising, working to craft strategies and programs in organizational design, performance, recognition and communication. During her tenure, the agency was twice recognized as the top DDB office for employee satisfaction in a network of over 200 offices.

 She migrated these skills to Manifest Digital, bridging the foundational policies and cultural practices in their St. Louis and Chicago offices. Here she was able to blend holding company best practices with creative programming to offer leading edge employee solutions.

As Co-Founder and Partner at Radiant CX, a culture and employee engagement consulting firm, Jennifer focused on driving client business objectives by using unique and impactful strategies that create emotional connections back to the organization.

She is a non-traditional professional, preferring real conversations and creative problem solving over strict guidelines and rote policies. This has positioned her to be called on as a trusted business confidante for those in senior positions facing real challenges.

Jennifer graduated with a Bachelor’s in Liberal Studies from the University of Missouri, St. Louis, with an emphasis on Political Science and Communications. She is a member of the UMSL Business School’s Marketing Advisory Board, leading the development of the school’s first ever mentorship program. She has a passion for entrepreneurial excellence, empowering women to leadership positions, and technology that enables meaningful communication.



Thank you for considering presenting in the Women's Leadership Institute.  The deadline for presentation submission is Friday, January 27, 2017.  Breakout Sessions are 50 minutes long and broken into three main themes:

  1. Navigating Personal & Professional Life
  2. Navigating Perceptions of Women in the Workforce
  3. Navigating Cultural Competencies
If you have any questions, please contact Jenna Bartak (

9:30 AM- 10:00 AM


MSC 3rd Floor

10:00 AM-10:50 AM

Welcome & Keynote

Century Rooms

11:00 AM-11:50 AM

Breakout Session #1: Navigating Personal & Professional Life

Various Locations

12:00 PM-1:00 PM

Networking Lunch

MSC 3rd Floor

1:00 PM- 1:50 PM

Breakout Session #2: Navigating Perceptions of Women in the Workforce

Various Locations

2:00 PM -2:50 PM

Breakout Session #3: Navigating Cultural Competenices 

Various Location

3:00 PM-4:00 PM

Closing Panel with Q & A

Century Rooms

A special thanks to UMSL's Women's Giving Circle for sponsoring the 2017 Women's Leadership Institute. 

Click here to see the 2015 sponsors. 

Check out a few of the presentations highlighted at the 2015 Women's Leadership Institute: