Institute for Women's Leadership | IWL

Empowering women to become local and global leaders.

The Sister Nancy Hynes’ Institute for Women’s Leadership (IWL) seeks to provide a forum where Bennies can explore and articulate their aspirations in a way that promotes community transformation.


About the Institute

The Sister Nancy Hynes’ Institute for Women’s Leadership is named after S. Nancy Hynes, who was an English professor at the College of St. Benedict and Saint John’s University. As a strong proponent of women’s education, she believed a woman armed with a solid education would, and should, break through patriarchal social norms and live out her God-given education.

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IWL Programming

The Institute for Women's Leadership is dedicated to spreading awareness and empowerment. We work to bring relevant issues to light and give women the tools they need to become local and global leaders.

Upcoming Programming:

    •  "Consumerism is a Feminist Issue" on November 16 from 6:45-8 p.m. in Upper Gorecki 204

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Hynes Scholars

Each year, first-year CSB students have the opportunity to apply to become a part of Hynes Scholars, a yearlong cohort-based program that explores gender and leadership. Applications for the 2024-2025 cohort will open in February 2024.

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Institute for Women's Leadership
College of Saint Benedict
Murray Hall 170D
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