Contemporary Women's Leadership Institute


Wellesley Residential Summer Programs have been canceled for Summer 2020. More information can be found here.

Program Details | June 27 - July 31, 2020

Who should attend?

The Contemporary Women's Leadership Institute is designed for undergraduate women looking to develop their personal leadership identity. Make the transition from the classroom to the working world in an immersive approach to personal leadership and success that brings theory to practice. Residential only.

  • Designed for undergraduate women (18-22).
  • Open to domestic and international students (Visa support provided for international students)
  • Recommended for students who want to learn about gender dynamics in leadership and make connections with professional women

How to Apply

What will we do?

Take two (2) college credit earning courses and then apply your learnings through a hands-on experiential week with professionals in fields ranging from tech to politics to business. 

  • Gain insight regarding gender-based business issues, leadership and workplace challenges from faculty who specialize in gender in the workplace.

  • Explore gendered business issues from an intersectional vantage point, studying with a diverse group of students from international universities.

  • Experience the power of networking though practical real-world conversations with women leaders from a broad array of industries including financial services, marketing, non-profit, and entertainment.

  • Develop a professional portfolio in the classroom that you can apply during the experiential week and take into the working world.

  • Learn to lead through reflective activities where you can gain insight about personal leadership strengths, styles and development opportunities.


Campus Amenities

  • Meals will be available for the students in the residence hall. More details about housing and dining can be found here.
  • WiFi access is available to students across the entire campus.
  • Margaret Clapp Library, which contains over a million volumes, will be open during the day for students to read, relax, and explore.
  • The Lulu Chow Wang Campus Center includes facilities such as a convenience store (The Emporium), a coffee bar, a bookstore, and an ATM, all open throughout the summer.
  • Students will also have access to the Nehoiden Golf Course and Keohane Sports Center which offers gym facilities, pool, dance studios, multipurpose gymnasiums, as well as sporting equipment for check-out.
  • Laundry facilities are located in the residence hall.

When do I need to be there?

Students will be able to move in from 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM on Saturday, June 27.  If necessary, early move-ins may be accommodated up to 24 hours prior. However, early move-ins will be charged an additional fee. Students will need to move out no later than 12:00 PM on Friday, July 24. 



"It's not about knowing where you're going, but trying on things. Stepping out of your comfort zone."

Nebiyat Contemporary Women's Leadership Participant 2019