Women’s Advancement

The Women’s Advancement Initiative, (formerly WELFund), is a distinctive program at the University of Hartford that uniquely positions women for success through education and leadership programs, research and scholarship opportunities, and career connections and experiences.

Built on the heritage of Hartford College for Women, The Women’s Advancement Initiative challenges, encourages, and empowers students, faculty, staff, and alumnae. The Women’s Advancement Initiative is supported and sustained by a community of women and men who believe that advancing the potential of women is a personal and a collective priority.

15 Years of Education, Opportunity, and Impact

The Women's Advancement Initiative's 15th Anniversary Celebration Video

The Women's Advancement Initiative is proud to continue the legacy of Hartford College for Women.

The year 2021 marks the 15th anniversary of The Women’s Advancement Initiative. In 2006, it was established to benefit women and celebrate the legacy of Hartford College for Women. Today, our organization offers leadership training, personal and professional development workshops, and resilience and opportunity coaching for women students, faculty, and staff. The design of our signature program, LEAD (Leadership Education and Development), was inspired by the way students at Hartford College for Women were supported and challenged.

We proudly celebrate 15 years of providing education, creating opportunities, and impacting the lives of women served through our programs.

W Magazine

W magazine

Are you interested in reading about our heritage, success stories, and programming? Read our annual W magazine.

Save the Date!

Women's Advancement Initiative's Annual Symposium 

March 31, 2022 at 5:30 P.M.

Experience The Women's Advancement Initiative through the eyes of our students, faculty, and staff who benefit from our programs. Explore innovative research and creative projects presented by Dorothy Goodwin Scholars, Laura Johnson Leaders, Faculty Fellows, and interactive leadership lessons from today's LEAD students. In a year like no other, we applaud the efforts of our presenters to develop these amazing projects. More information to follow!  

HWC Class of 1970 50th Reunion

Spring 2022

More information coming soon!

Past Events

The Women's Advancement Initiative's 15th Anniversary Celebration
November 30, 2021 at 5:30 PM

The Women’s Advancement Initiative’s Virtual Annual Symposium
April 1, 2021 at 5:30 p.m.
University of Hartford, Harry Jack Gray Center, 200 Bloomfield, Avenue, West Hartford, CT

HCW Alumnae Reception and Complimentary Tickets to Chess
March 8, 2020 at 2 p.m.
University of Hartford, Millard Auditorium, 200 Bloomfield Avenue, West Hartford, CT 

Support The Women's Advancement Initiative

Women's Advancement

Your gifts to The Women's Advancement Initiative help us to:

  • Build on the values instilled at Hartford College for Women
  • Provide students with opportunities for leadership training, personal development, career connections and mentoring
  • Bring lessons to life with fun, fast-paced, interactive activities that promote teamwork, problem solving and clear communication
  • Support scholarly and innovative research projects by students with faculty mentors
  • Send students to national conferences
  • Inspire the next generation of women to be leaders