Students from colleges and universities around the world spent five weeks this summer learning from the Wellesley community as they developed their leadership skills. Through challenging classes, self-reflective activities, and unique exposure to Wellesley faculty members, guest speakers, and alumnae, the participants in Wellesley’s Contemporary Women’s Leadership Program (CWL) found their own approaches to enhancing their personal leadership goals.
“The CWL program encourages our visiting students to develop their voices by mapping their own leadership journeys. By combining academic theory with real world examples and reflective activities, students gain practical skills they can use immediately,” said Nancy Coleman, associate provost and director of strategic growth initiatives at Wellesley. “It is so rewarding to see the students’ growth at the end of the program. There were so many examples of students applying what they learned, from networking skills to enhanced self confidence and more. Many comment on the sense of empowerment they feel during the program.”
During four weeks of classroom work and one week of experiential activity, CWL students learn about gender issues in the workplace and current leadership strategies, and they gain a critical perspective on their own futures. Participants examine leadership and gender from an intersectional vantage point across cultures and industries—from financial services to technology to entertainment—with guidance from Wellesley’s faculty members and alumnae. These practical, real-world insights provide the group of international undergraduates with a uniquely Wellesley experience.
Here are some scenes from the culmination of this year’s program: