Students in the Women's Leadership Program participate in a weekly symposium. The symposia are an opportunity for students to take advantage of the myriad resources and opportunities available in Washington, DC while furthering their understanding of leadership.

The symposia are designed to supplement the academic component of the program with a wide variety of extra-curricular opportunities, many of which are exclusive to members of the WLP. In addition to cohort-specific symposia, each semester includes several symposia that are shared across program cohorts and include leadership-building workshops, cultural events of cross-disciplinary interest, and guest speakers.

Symposia are designed to introduce students to successful women in a variety of fields, inspire thoughts about a specific aspect of community and leadership, provide networking opportunities, and encourage each student to reflect upon her current and future contributions as a woman leader.

Past Symposia

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.