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Women’s Leadership Development Program

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The Women's Leadership Development Program (WLDP) is designed to encourage first and second year women who demonstrate great leadership potential to explore the wide range of leadership opportunities available to them at the University of Virginia. Participants have the opportunity to engage in dynamic presentations on women’s leadership, network with fellow future female leaders, and interact with female role models from the local and national community.

Now in it's 28th year, WLDP's mission statement is:

WLDP empowers UVA women by challenging them to achieve their full leadership potential as scholars, community members, and professionals.

The Program

WLDP is open to 1st and 2nd year undergraduate women. The program is held each spring semester and includes an opening reception, three sessions, a closing dinner, and small group meetings. In order to be considered a graduate of the program, attendance is required at all three sessions. Participants will also take part in a program-wide service projects.

What will I learn?

WLDP offers participants a wide range of programming that addresses personal and professional development, networking and communication skills, self-confidence, and leadership style. Each year WLDP offers fun group activities, engaging speakers, and valuable presentations by women leaders.

Goals of WLDP:

  • Inspire and motivate participants to further develop their leadership skills
  • Help participants to identify personal leadership style and apply personal strengths to leadership style
  • Provide networking opportunities with other participants, guest speakers and presenters
  • Build confidence and autonomy in participants

To Apply

The Women’s Leadership Development Program is accepting applications from November 17th to November 27th, 2017. Applications for the program can be found on the WLDP @UVA site under the forms tab. All applications must be received by November 27th, 2017 by midnight. Participants will be notified of their application status in early December.

Participants are nominated to WLDP by professors, teaching assistants, resident advisors and other leaders at the University. Participants may also self-nominate. Please contact for more information on how to apply.

Tel: 434-924-4195
Fax: 434-924-2007