Embolden’s Women in Leadership program empowers high school students to develop as strong members and committed leaders within their communities. The goal of this summit is to bring together individuals from diverse backgrounds for dialogue, mentorship, immersion, and education about topics in leadership. Through instructional sessions, interactive simulation challenges, and small group discussions, students will develop as both leaders and team members.


At the end of the program, students will identify how to lead with their authentic selves, define a personal brand, and understand ethical leadership and civic engagement. Ultimately, Women in Leadership participants will leave with a community of friends and mentors.

Program Dates and Location

The Winter 2021 Women in Leadership program will be in person, and will take place December 2021. Students are expected to participate for the full duration of the program. 


How to Apply

High school students who reside in Northern Virginia, Maryland, or Washington, D.C. are encouraged to apply for the Winter 2021 Women in Leadership program. Eligible students must apply via the online application and are required to submit one form of documentation verifying high school enrollment such as a school transcript or a school report card. There are no application fees nor are there any minimum GPA or test-score requirements for selection to the program. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the available spots are filled. 


The most important component of the application is the free-response essay section. While students are encouraged to submit supplemental materials such as resumes or letters of recommendation (counselors, teachers, coaches, etc.), Embolden's application readers are most interested in hearing about your story! If you have personal accomplishments you want to share with us, please do! However, rather than what you achieved, we want to know your journey: the obstacles you might have faced and learned to overcome, the people who have helped you along the way, your emotional journey, what you've learned and/or what motivates you. We want to know your personal story because we firmly believe that everyone's story has immense value. 


If you have any questions on the application or the Women in Leadership program, please reach out to info@emboldenme.org and a member of the team will be in touch!