Iowa N.E.W. Leadership Institute

This event is part of the Co-Sponsorships Program: Iowa N.E.W. Leadership Institute.
Sunday, May 19, 2019 (All day) to Friday, May 24, 2019 (All day)
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Iowa N.E.W. Leadership is an intensive week-long residential institute designed to develop young women’s public leadership skills, support their engagement in civic life, and create opportunities for them to guild relationships with women leaders on the local, state, and national level. Our mission is to increase the number of women leading in the non-profit and business sectors, in state government, and in elected office. The University of Iowa will hold the eleventh Summer Institute May 19-24, 2019. You can find application, eligibility, and other program information at

During the Institute, students meet with women leaders and scholars to think, discuss and learn about politics, public engagement, and the evolving role of women in leadership. They become part of a network of past, current, and future women leaders who share a commitment to shaping the public agenda and making a difference in their communities. Our rigorous curriculum and the strong examples offered by leaders from every sector have already had a measurable impact, as alums of the program have been elected to public office, work as staffers to executive and legislative elected officials at the state and federal level, and been elected as student government leaders on the UI and other institutional campuses. 

Here in Iowa, despite our pioneering support of women in education, only 30 percent of our state legislators are women, and only 2 of the 150 are women of color; and we are one of the very last states in the country to elect a woman to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives or as our governor, having reached these milestones only in the past election cycle, some 98 years after women received the right to vote. While women account for 51 percent of the population, fewer than one-fourth of the country’s elected officials at all levels are women, despite 2018 seeing notable gains as a “year of the woman.” Only 5% of Fortune 500 CEOs are women in 2019, which represents a reversal of the slow progress that had been made over the past decades. And, of course, women of all races. And ethnicities continue to face gaps in pay, advancement, and employment in sectors across our economy. 

Hosted by the UI Women's Resource and Action Center, with support from the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies