Applications are now open for 2023 WE LEAD Program!

Apply by Monday, January 30th

In order to apply, you must answer the following questions. Please pause for a moment to reflect and consider your responses before applying.

1. What are your current personal, educational, and/or career goals? How do you envision WE LEAD helping you to reach these goals?

2. Briefly describe any leadership or team experience you have had at Cornell or elsewhere. If you have participated in other leader development training, list it here.

3. What challenges, concerns, or questions do you have about women’s leadership in engineering and technology fields?

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The Women Engineers Leadership Education and Development program (WE LEAD) supports Cornell engineering women on their path to becoming powerful and inclusive future leaders. Through an off-campus retreat and weekly workshops, you’ll gain the skills to navigate current and future challenges associated with gender dynamics in STEM fields. Coaching and mentoring give you clarity on your values, strengths, and purpose and how to bring them to your leadership. And, you’ll build your network through close connections with alumnae mentors and others in your cohort.

Spring 2023 WE LEAD will consist of

  • Five seminars Friday afternoons (2:30 – 5:30 pm) between March and April
  • One off-campus retreat
  • An on-campus alumni capstone event in April.

Workshop Series Topics

  • Concrete Strategies to Navigate Implicit Bias and Double Bind
  • Networking, Mentorship, and Sponsorship
  • Influence and Persuasion
  • Difficult Conversations and Feedback
  • Leadership Presence

Is WE LEAD for me?

WE LEAD is appropriate for advanced undergraduates and graduate students in any field of engineering who wish to develop their skills and confidence as a leader. Prior work or internship experience is desirable but not necessary to gain the full benefits of the curriculum. First- and second-year students should wait until their junior or senior year to apply. To fully benefit from WE LEAD, participants must commit to attending the retreat, all workshops, and the capstone event in person.

Ready to get started?

Applications for the 2023 Cohort are now open. Apply today by clicking here.