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The Women’s Leadership Program is more than just a curriculum. WLP extends far beyond the classroom, and includes a plethora of student leadership groups, extracurricular events, and volunteer opportunities. 


The Women’s Leadership Program is a living and learning community. WLP students live in pairs on the Mount Vernon Campus in Somers Hall with their respective cohorts, including each cohort's Graduate Assistant. The purpose of this housing arrangement is to foster an intellectual community beyond the classroom, provide academic and social support, and create a strong network for WLP students. 


From program-wide birthday parties and dorm movie nights, to exploring the city with your class or hiking in the Shenandoah Valley with your Graduate Teaching Assistant, the Women’s Leadership Program engages students outside of the classroom.


GW Women's Leadership Program: Athena Jones

Athena Jones shares details with GW's Women's Leadership Program about building a journalism career during challenging times in the industry.



Women's Leadership Program: Speaker Series

The Women's Leadership Program hosted a discussion between Bonnie R. Cohen, Former Undersecretary of State for Management, and Tara Sonenshine, former Undersecretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs.

Museum Panel Symposium

The WLP hosted a panel discussion of women museum leaders who discussed the benefits and challenges of leading our nation's cultural institutions.

I Am Malala

"I Am Malala" by Malala Yousafzai was a shared reading for all four cohorts. The students gathered to discuss the book and how it shaped their perception of leadership at a weekly symposium.

White House speechwriter Vinca LaFleur visits the WLP

Vinca LaFleur worked in the White House as a speechwriter for President Bill Clinton. This position allowed Vinca to combine her two passions: writing and international relations. Her most well-known speech was delivered in 1995, when President Clinton visited Northern Ireland.

History of Mount Vernon and Seminary College

Robin Delaloye and Nedenia Dye shared the rich history of Mount Vernon Seminary and College and Elizabeth Somers' belief in the importance of education for women. 

Book Discussion

Students read the book, Reading Lolita in Tehran, and then discussed it with the author Azar Nafisi and learned about her experiences.

Evolution of Women in Politics

Columnist Jamie Stiehm shared the evolution of women in politics and public life.

True Colors Workshop

Dr. Grace Henry introduced the True Colors program, a leadership assessment tool based on personality theory. The workshop helped students identify their strengths as leaders and learn how to communicate with others.

Ambassador's Forum

The Women's Leadership Program hosts a bi-annual Ambassador's Forum. During the evening, female ambassadors from around the world share insight gained from their experience as leaders.