Women and Leadership Initiative

About Us

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The Women and Leadership Initiative at the Muma College of Business is composed of three main arms which support the education, empowerment and professional success of women. The inclusive nature of programming can not be understated.  USF leaders strongly believe that open dialogue, education, and the sharing of resources is necessary to progress towards an equitable future. Individuals of all genders are encouraged to participate in academic coursework, events, and mentorship programming!


Kate Tiedemann, Ellen Cotton and Lynn Pippenger are the college’s three main benefactors, all powerful women in business in their own right. Their gifts support student engagement opportunities, scholarships, innovative practices, research and much more. All local to Tampa Bay, the women maintain an active role on campus and help to inspire the next generation of business leaders. Learn more about Tiedemann, Cotton and Pippenger below.