Women Lead
UF Institute for Early Career Scholars

The application period for Women Lead will open in Spring 2023 for the Fall 2023 cohort.

Women Lead is a year-long leadership development program for graduate students and postdocs aspiring to leadership roles in any career sector. Early career women scholars will develop self and career sector awareness while building their networks through a series of interactive workshops, small team discussions moderated by accomplished women leaders, one-on-one mentoring, and career path researchScholars will attend 1 virtual workshop and 1 virtual discussion group meeting per month and will have ongoing mentoring and networking assignments. 

Eligibility: Graduate Students in Terminal Masters programs, Doctoral Students, and Postdocs aspiring to leadership roles in any career sector are invited to apply.

Women Lead is Structured Around Three Core Areas: 

Careers: Knowing What is Possible

Careers: Knowing What is Possible

Explore career sectors

Identify careers that align with skills, interests, and values

Build professional networks to accomplish career goals



Develop communications and behavioral style awareness

Employ design thinking for personal and career planning

Use verbal and digital communications strategies to convey personal and professional value

Effectiveness & Purpose

Effectiveness & Purpose

Learn strategies for managing bias and leading challenging conversations

Understand how to influence situations

Explore tools for negotiations


Women Lead is a year-long program, running August 2021 - July 2022. Each month participants will attend 1 workshop and 1 discussion group meeting and will have ongoing mentoring and networking assignments. Workshops are held via Zoom on the 1st Thursday of each month, 2pm – 4pm EST. Discussion group meetings will have a reoccurring monthly schedule based on the availability of the host and members and will also be via Zoom.