Message from the Director


Mary Buckley, Director of WLP


Welcome to the Elizabeth J Somers Women’s Leadership Program (WLP) at the George Washington University (GW). We welcome students with wide-ranging backgrounds and interests into this selective, year-long, living and learning first-year program. The WLP curriculum supports and enhances the coursework a student does in their major across any school at the university.

The dynamic WLP curriculum extends far beyond the classroom, our weekly symposia offer special lectures, workshops, and experiences that draw on the unique resources of Washington DC and brings students together with women of achievement and leadership from many professional fields. Leadership opportunities, self-assessment workshops, service projects, and a mentor program enhance the symposia events. Our integrative, experiential learning program includes many opportunities for students to engage with and learn about the challenges and opportunities of leadership practice today.

The WLP encourages the development of a supportive, collaborative community of student leaders on campus. Students live together in Somers Hall on the Mount Vernon Campus. Activities and events in the dorm support the academic work and build a strong, vibrant community through shared social and co-curricular events. We believe that leadership includes working with different communities and learning from each other.

WLP commemorates and preserves the vision of the founder of Mount Vernon College and Seminary, Elizabeth J. Somers. WLP students have the benefit of small classes, close contact with faculty and leaders, and strong community ties within the program. Our talented and highly motivated students have great success at GW, earning fellowships, internships, and leadership positions.

Please contact us, if you want to receive more information about the WLP program.

Mary Buckley
Director, EJS Women’s Leadership Program
Associate Professor, International Arts & Culture WLP Cohort