Women’s Leadership Academy
Celebrating 30 Years of the Fellowship on Women & Public Policy
“The Women’s Leadership
Academy at the Center for Women in Government &
Civil Society is a catalyst to train, prepare and promote women in public service
leadership. The WLA is an exciting new initiative to achieve balanced leadership in
politics, and ensure that women’s strengths as decision makers are fully
- Sue Faerman, Ph.D.
Academic Chair, Women's Leadership Academy
Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, UAlbany
Women’s leadership matters! In the past several decades, women have made
tremendous progress in educational achievements and employment equity,
but still occupy a small percentage of public service leadership positions throughout
New York State and the nation.
The Women’s Leadership
Academy offers programs for undergraduate and graduate
women. CWGCS is a member of the National Education for Women’s (NEW)
The Women’s Leadership Academy was launched
on November 30, 2010.
The purpose of the Women’s Leadership Academy (WLA) is to strengthen
participants’ self-efficacy, leadership capacity and capabilities. Areas of
emphasis include: knowledge of policy-making processes and ways women can
influence these processes; leadership ethics, principles and approaches of
women political and policy leaders; understanding of how political campaigns
are organized and run; recognition of the critical importance of diversity in
enriching democratic political participation; skills in community organizing
and advocacy; and commitment to advancing women’s leadership on a personal
and collective level.
Why Women’s Leadership?
- Women make up 51% of the population, yet they remain underrepresented
in policy leadership positions.
- The underrepresentation of women in leadership positions weakens
the democratic foundation of our nation and has critical policy implications
- In order to promote women’s leadership, women must be provided
with opportunities to broaden their policy knowledge and engage in arenas
of collective action.
- Broadening women’s opportunities for acquisition of policy knowledge
and leadership skills advances the vision of a society free of gender inequities
and ensures that the potential of women as leaders is fully realized.
- Embedded in a public university, CWGCS’ mission is intertwined
with strengthening civic engagement and public policy leadership at the state
and local levels.
- CWGCS programs cultivate and nurture values of democratic life,
provide a training ground for future civic and political leaders, promote access
to policy knowledge and enrich students’ education at the University at
Women's Leadership Academy -
- NEW Leadership™ New York
NEW Leadership™ New York strengthens policy knowledge and skills of undergraduate
women, while positioning them to become advocates for change.
This intensive week-long summer program fosters the principles of leadership through action,
and guides participants’ community/campus action projects.
- Fellowship on Women & Public Policy
The Fellowship is a six-month, rigorous, and multi-faceted leadership development
program for graduate students. It is designed to provide a springboard for
aspiring women leaders to pursue careers in public policy while increasing the
capacity of New York State government and civil society.
Over the last 27 years, the Fellowship
has graduated 284 women who occupy public policy leadership positions
across the state and nation.