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The Women’s Leadership Council

Mission Statement

The Women’s Leadership Council exists to strengthen and support Fairfield University’s network of women including alumnae, parents and friends, engage more women in the University’s mission, increase philanthropy from women for campus priorities, and help our female students succeed at Fairfield and beyond.

Who We Are

The members of WLC are alumnae, as well as mothers of students, female friends of the University, women Trustees and wives of Trustees, and female faculty and staff. We have a shared goal of optimizing the undergraduate experience of Fairfield students, particularly women students, while strengthening the connections alumnae and other women have with each other. We do this by providing networking, professional exploration, philanthropic, and volunteer opportunities, as well as social interactions on campus and across the country.

Council Goals

Inspire Involvement

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Inspire Involvement

Inspire involvement in Fairfield’s mission through the engagement of alumnae and other women connected to the University.

  • Enlist alumnae and other women as active Council members and in other leadership roles.
  • Identify and promote alumnae and other women candidates for specific roles, both volunteer and staff.
  • Create initiatives to help alumnae, other women, and women students recognize their potential.
  • Feature alumnae achievements in internal/external communications.
  • Provide opportunities for women to serve as resources to the University.
  • Offer access to alumnae as "subject matter experts" in various fields.

Optimize the Undergraduate Experience

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Optimize the Undergraduate Experience

Optimize the undergraduate experience of women students.

  • Promote alumnae contributions and achievements to serve as guideposts for undergraduates.
  • Support the development of life skills through programming.
  • Expand perspectives on collaboration between women and men.
  • Serve as mentoring resource for career decisions and advancement.

Encourage Women's Financial Support

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Encourage Women's Financial Support

Encourage women's financial support of the University.

  • Present alumnae and other women with unique opportunities to support Fairfield’s mission.
  • Increase the level of participation and amount of donations by alumnae and other women.
  • Encourage alumnae and other women to lead and participate in fundraising.
  • Support unique programs dedicated to alumnae and other women giving.

Expectations of Members


As a council that encourages volunteerism and engagement, WLC members host events and attend meetings and other events in their areas, return to campus to participate in programs for current female students, and are willing to assist alumnae and other women, as well as students, by providing guidance for the purposes of networking and career advice.


Each WLC member will make an annual gift to support Fairfield University at one of the membership levels listed below. Additionally, there will be special WLC opportunities to support specific priorities within the University’s mission each year.


There are five membership levels to join the Women’s Leadership Council:

  • Inaugural Membership - $1,970*
  • Pathfinder Membership - $2,500
  • Trailblazer Membership - $5,000
  • Young Alumni Membership - $100-$1,000**
  • Associate Membership - $100***

Annual membership commitments are made or renewed during the 12-month period between July 1 and June 30. Gifts can be designated to the area of your choice and can be scheduled on an automatically recurring basis for members’ convenience. Pledges are encouraged to ensure on-going membership from year to year. If you have already made a gift to the University at a level that qualifies you for Women’s Leadership Council membership, you will automatically be enrolled.

If you have questions about the Women’s Leadership Council or your membership, please contact Kristen Fitzgerald ’03, assistant director, annual giving at (203) 254-4000 x2091 or Kfitzgerald11@fairfield.edu.

* Recognizes the year women undergraduates first enrolled at Fairfield.
** Graduates of the last decade may join for the equivalent of $100 for each year since graduation.
*** Limited membership benefits.

All members will enjoy special volunteer opportunities, receive WLC communications, and be listed in the member-only Women’s Leadership Council directory.

For membership at the Inaugural through Young Alumni levels, additional opportunities include:

  • Invitations to exclusive events, and programming sponsored by the WLC
  • Access to special networking activities
  • Exclusive volunteer opportunities
  • Special communications on current events and topics of importance to women

50th Anniversary of Women at Fairfield

Throughout the 2020-21 academic year at Fairfield, the University will be commemorating the 50th anniversary of not only the arrival of its first female undergraduate students in 1970, but all the women who have made their mark on our community over the past 50 years.

Watch this special 50th Anniversary of Women at Fairfield video.

50 Years of Women | Fairfield University

For more information about how you can participate in our 50th Anniversary celebrations, please visit fairfield.edu/celebrate-women.

Contact Us

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Kristen Fitzgerald

Class of '03
Associate Director, Annual Giving
(203) 254-4000 x2091

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