WomenLead is a three-credit, one-semester professional Signature Experience class held on Georgia State’s Atlanta campus. Students can choose one of several course sections, each of which is capped at 25 students. All sections use a common syllabus and are taught by faculty from various disciplines who bring their own lens of expertise to the classroom.
Through discussion panels and company site visits, students can learn what executive leadership entails and how the panel participants, including Georgia State alums, achieved their professional goals. During engagement interviews, students talk one-on-one with leaders and discuss the arc of their careers, the lessons they learned along the way, and the details of their specific industries and jobs.
The class culminates with an Induction Ceremony and presentation of each student’s Personal Leadership Strategy poster showcasing their leadership strategies in poster format, evaluated by faculty and community leaders.
We, and generations of WomenLead students to come, are the actors and the advocates for women's leadership. We embrace the WomenLead movement with this call to action:
As WomenLead lifted us up and helped build our confidence and ambition, we will pay it forward and do the same for others.
As WomenLead helped us to find our voice, we will help to ensure that more young women will be able to discover their voices.
As we enter the world as empowered and determined graduates of WomenLead, we will engage in our communities and make a difference in the world.
"The WomenLead program has encouraged me to expand my comfort zone—it instilled confidence in me that I could perform at the highest academic and professional levels. It allowed me to grow, and to be ambitious in my professional pursuit."
– Sarah Agnew, B.S., exercise science ’18, recipient of 2018 Nell Trotter Award
"I still have my Personal Leadership Strategy poster hanging in my room. That assignment was like a reckoning for me of my values, strengths and vision for myself. It was a real moment of reflection."
– Natsai Ndebele, B.S., computer science ’19, BlackRock Founders scholar, recipient of Google’s Women Techmakers Scholarship
"It’s so important to have someone in your corner who will highlight your skills and abilities to others. The WomenLead community embodies that kind of support."
– Mariam Desouky, B.B.A ’17, M.P.A. ’18