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Women’s Leadership Development Program




The Women's Leadership Development Program (WLDP) is designed to encourage UVA undergraduate women to further their leadership knowledge and experience. Participants engage in dynamic presentations on women’s leadership, network with fellow female leaders, and interact with female role models from the local and national community.

WLDP's mission: WLDP challenges UVA women to engage as empowered, innovative, and empathetic leaders through the promotion of their personal and professional development.

The Program

WLDP is open to UVA undergraduate women of all years. The program is held during the spring semester and includes five sessions. In order to be considered a graduate of the program, attendance is required at a minimum of four of the five sessions. Participants will also take part in program-wide service projects.

*This program is open to all undergraduate students without regard to gender identity or expression.

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. WLDP offers fun group activities, engaging speakers, and valuable presentations by strong 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 opens their application process at the end of the fall semester. All undergraduate UVA women are encouraged to apply! 

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

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