Academy of Leadership

Our Academy of Leadership (AOL) coursework and programming is a way of continually empowering members and their firms to learn, grow and personify leadership within their work environments and in their personal lives. Each member must have participated in four one-day modules in order to graduate and become Alumnae. Since 2001, hundreds of EWI members have participated in the Academy of Leadership and are now Alumnae.

Our Three-fold Philosophy

  • Leadership can and must be taught
  • Everyone possesses leadership potential
  • There are excellent examples of leadership within EWI

AOL Program Modules

  • Professional and Volunteer Leadership – Thinking Like a Genius
  • The Power of the Diverse Communicator
  • The Power of Relationships
  • Finding Your Voice: An Experience in Leadership
  • Leadership: It All Begins with You
  • Women and Leadership: The Power of Your Story
  • Emotional Intelligence: Making the Connection
  • How to Motivate, Influence, and Lead People to Action
  • Chapter Leadership: Making Great Things Happen

Modules of the Academy of Leadership are offered annually during EWI’s Leadership Conference and Annual Meeting. All EWI members are invited to attend our leadership conference to receive credit and attend our unique leadership training opportunities.


Lori Giovannoni

Lori Giovannoni has consulted with numerous professional leadership programs throughout the United States. During her career she has addressed more than 250,000 professionals, focusing on issues such as the changing face of leadership, the evolution of leadership, and women as leaders. Through her association with EWI, she has designed all of EWI’s Academy of Leadership modules since its inception in 2001. In 2019, Lori received the distinction of EWI Honorary Life Member. 

Lori is the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions including the Athena Leadership Award given to women who demonstrate excellence, creativity, and initiative in their business or profession; contribute time and energy to improve the quality of life for others in the community; and actively assist women in realizing their full leadership potential.

Kristi Emmons Jones

Kristi’s career includes over 25 years of working with major corporate brands such as Fedex, Gaylord Entertainment, TNN, CBS, McGraw-Hill Publishing and many others. Kristi is an outstanding performer with a  proven success in leadership. She is recognized for inspiring team members to excel and encouraging creative work environments. Kristi has been featured on Fox News, The Memphis Business Journal and was named one of Memphis’s “Top Forty Under Forty.” She is also a two-time recipient of the prestigious FedEx Ambassador’s Club Award (2012 and 2018).

Kristi has been a member of EWI since 2001 and has held multiple Board positions for EWI of Memphis, including two terms as Chapter President. She is a graduate from the Academy of Leadership and was selected as the newest faculty member of AOL in 2014. Kristi has facilitated AOL modules at both the LCAM and Spring Conference levels, and has led presentations for numerous EWI Chapters. She currently serves as the 2019-2020 Vice President/President Elect for our Organization.

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EWI has a wide footprint and includes chapters in local cities across the United States and Canada. We encourage you to find a chapter near you to connect and learn more about what EWI can do for you and your organization locally.