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Carole Gupton and Susan Hommes,
two WPLC members making a difference.

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Women’s Philanthropic Leadership Circle

Our mission is to create a circle of welcoming women that combines our resources to support and develop women leaders and philanthropists through the College of Education and Human Development.

Inspire Women, Support Achievement, Foster Leadership

Your life doesn’t get better by chance, it gets better by change. And, we know that it all starts with a change of heart- when you realize that your life should be about so much more than just yourself.

You (yes, YOU!) can make a difference in the lives of other women, so start your philanthropic journey with Women’s Philanthropic Leadership Circle (WPLC).

Together, we can inspire women, support achievement and foster leadership throughout the College of Education and Human Development.

We believe when one woman gives, two women receive. As empowered women, we work to empower women. We are WPLC and we rise by helping others.

Join us.


WPLC typically hosts three events annually. We plan both a fall and spring program as well as a summer awards celebration. Our events encourage social interaction and help to inspire philanthropic giving. We hope to see you at our next celebration. Don’t be shy, swing by!


Each year WPLC grants financial awards to women graduate students and “Rising Star” pre-tenure faculty members who are demonstrating leadership and creativity through their academics, research, service, and/or teaching.


WPLC, a collaborative community of leaders and philanthropists, works to enhance the lives of women. Join us in maximizing scholarship opportunities and celebrating the power of collective giving. Together, we can make a difference and foster a permanent legacy.

Abigail Buuck
I am so thankful for the gift of recognition and scholarship money that you have given me. Thank you for your commitment to cultivating and inspiring female leaders!

Abigail Buuck
Counseling & student personnel psychology student
Department of Educational Psychology


In the early 2000's a group of women got together to discuss how they could teach others about the importance of philanthropy and the impact of collaborating with like-minded women.

Those engaging in the conversation enjoyed bouncing ideas off of each other and wanted to create a community where women could spark change in the lives of others. Because of this, WPLC was born!

Founding WPLC member and past chair Andrea Hjelm (B.A., ’65) expresses enthusiasm about the group, which is echoed across the college. “It gives me great pleasure to be a part of a circle that is innovative in its intent,” she says. “I feel a sense of pride in watching our recipients receive and utilize the funds we present to them.”

The Women’s Philanthropic Leadership Circle was designed to increase the overall visibility of women leaders in education and human development and provide financial support to women in and aspiring to leadership positions.

Unite and engage with a group of generous and involved women. Join today!