MARY: Wow, I can’t believe it’s been three months! I feel like so much has happened with the University of Venus. When we started this adventure, I knew that we wanted to get our voices out there and that we wanted to be heard – to find a way to break through the very senior (60+), very male, and very white higher education leadership world we operated within.
MEG: And we also wanted to engage a global voice in our conversations about higher education. I think we have made a good start. What next?
MARY: Good question. We didn’t really know what UVenus was going to look like, how it was going to be received, or who was going to “like” it.
MEG: One thing that I learned in writing my blog posts is that I wasn’t really sure what story I was going to tell until the post was written. I think starting University of Venus has been the same way, evolving into what it is. We didn’t know what to expect.
MARY: Now, our talk is along the lines of “So now what?” – Great, we have the blog, the writers, the readers, a mission – is this it? Is there more? How do we move to the “change higher education” part? The “empower the next generation of leaders” part? Yesterday, we started talking non-profit status and kind of what does that look like?
MEG: We are women of ACTION. We want to take the next step and move forward with our blog adventure.
MARY: What should we do? Some thoughts – conference, summer leadership program for women 25-45, and a summer leadership camp for high school girls. We could focus on globalization, technology, activism, networking, empowerment, and collaboration.
MEG: Our next phase is emerging as becoming more professional, more organized, and offering more to our readers and writers.
MARY: I agree. In talking strategy and next steps, we talked about reaching out to some senior women and men who could act as a sort of Advisory Board – helping us to take our vision to the next level.
MEG: And we talked about reaching out to some younger women to help us raise our game in the world of social media. I am very excited about these next steps.
MARY: There is also the book project – getting our proposal to publishers. The focus on changing higher education through the empowerment of the next generation of global leaders in education.
MEG: There are so many ways to go, and we want to try them all!
MARY: Thanks for joining with us on this continued adventure and thanks for your feedback. We will be back on Monday with some minor operational tweaks and more BIG IDEAS!