Two UPIKE professionals selected to participate in Harvard Graduate School Education program

Two distinguished women from the University of Pikeville were recently selected to participate in Harvard’s Graduate School of Education (HGSE) Women in Education Leadership program scheduled to begin November 3.

Assistant Provost and Associate Professor of English Amanda Slone, Ph.D., and Senior Director of Advancement Laura Damron, MBA, will have the opportunity to strengthen their leadership skills and gain a fresh perspective that will move the university forward and cascade benefits across campus by participating in the HGSE Women in Education Leadership program. 

The program empowers women to lead through adversity and provides a unique opportunity for growth and renewal among diverse groups of women. This year, Women in Educational Leadership is designed and offered as a virtual institute. The new format will maintain the intensity and rigor of the learning experience and give participants the flexibility to attend to personal and professional responsibilities. 

As someone who entered higher education later in her career, Damron is excited to learn more about leadership dynamics in education. She looks forward to gaining perspective and skills that will enable her to empower others and strengthen collaborative relationships.

“I’m grateful that leadership at UPIKE inspired, encouraged and supported me in applying to the program. I’m eager to learn in-depth about education leadership through Harvard with a network of peers,” said Damron. “Networking opportunities, such as the Women in Education Leadership program, are valuable in hearing real-world experiences and learning best practices that benefit those we serve.”

Slone is honored and humbled to be accepted into the Women in Education Leadership program at Harvard.

“I recently transitioned into my current leadership role at the university. I am blessed to be mentored by strong women leaders who encourage and empower me to seek opportunities for growth and development,” said Slone. “My hope is this program will help me gain important insights into my leadership style and strengthen the skills needed to lead within the campus community. I am excited about the opportunity to gain a wider professional network of women leaders.”