Resources for Women
Leadership and Career Resources for Virginia Women
The American Association of University Women (AAUW) is the nation's leading voice promoting equity and education for women and girls. Since our founding in 1881, AAUW members have examined and taken positions on the fundamental issues of the day — educational, social, economic, and political.
In 2002, Hollins University, located in Norfolk, Virginia, created the Batten Leadership Institute (BLI) named for the late business leader and philanthropist Frank Batten, and his wife, Jane Parke Batten, Hollins class of 1958. BLI offers classes in critical leadership skills, teams, and applications of contemporary leadership theories using consultation and mentoring opportunities. Students may choose to take only one or two classes, or they have the option to pursue a certificate in leadership studies.
Emerge Virginia is changing the face of Virginia politics by identifying, training and encouraging women to run for office, get elected and to seek higher office. Our intensive, cohort-based six-month training program is unique. As the number of elected Democratic women remains flat or even declines, the need for our work is growing.
Emerge Virginia is part of a national network currently working in 14 states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, Vermont, Virginia, and Wisconsin.
Our goal is a simple one: to develop Virginia women for political leadership roles who share our Democratic values.
Modeled on the theory of social capital, LEAD VIRGINIA is a nonprofit and non-partisan organization that educates proven leaders about regional differences, opportunities and challenges across the Commonwealth. Over the course of seven class sessions between April and November, each held in a different region in Virginia, participants meet with regional leaders to learn about assets and innovations unique to each region, best practices and how each region contributes to the whole of the Commonwealth.
Creating a network and relevant learning environment to inspire women for a lifetime of leadership. – Adopted by the Colloquium Advisory Board, February 10, 2011
The Nurse Leadership Institute of Virginia (NLI), a statewide program of the Richmond Memorial Health Foundation, is a 9-month leadership development course for nurse leaders working in all sectors of healthcare across the Commonwealth. The Institute helps Virginia's RNs who serve as, or have been identified as having the potential to be, a nurse manager or a member of the management team strengthen his/her leadership competencies. Building nurses' leadership skills helps them lead staff more effectively, increasing the likelihood that both nurse leaders and staff remain in their jobs. Retaining quality staff, in turn, has a positive impact on patient care outcomes.
The Thomas C. Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership seeks to improve political leadership in Virginia, thereby strengthening the quality of governance at all levels of government.
The purpose of this organization shall be to unite the women of Virginia in support of the women of the Democratic Party and its candidates, encourage full and equal participation of women in the Party, encourage, educate, and finance Democratic women who aspire to public office, and raise awareness of women's issues in the Commonwealth and the Virginia Democratic Party.
Perceiving the need for a professional organization dedicated to the particular interests of women attorneys in Virginia, the purposes of the new organization were identified and constructed to advance the interests of women attorneys in Virginia; to encourage their mutual improvement and social interaction, and to promote the interests of women under the law.
Chapters: Fredericksburg, Hampton Roads, Loudoun, Northern Shenandoah Valley, Northern Virginia, Prince William, Richmond, Roanoke
Our mission is to enhance Virginia women and girls' health and well-being through education, research, and collaboration.
Since 1996, the Women's Institute for Leadership Development at Old Dominion University has focused on developing the leadership skills of women students. The institute incorporates theory and practice and is divided into seven modules. Dedicated to building community among members and refining essential leadership skills, the program provides students with the opportunity to network with other student leaders and professional women.
Resources for Collegiate Virginia Women
The Women's Center offers programs and services designed to promote gender equity and address the unique challenges and opportunities female students encounter in the pursuit of higher education. Recognizing the critical role that both women and men play in promoting a safe environment free of gender bias, Center programs are designed to educate and inspire all students to achieve their personal, academic and professional potential.
The Young Women Leaders Program is an innovative mentoring program founded by the Women's Center and the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia in 1997. It is designed to support and enhance the sense of competence, connection and autonomy of a diverse group of college women and middle school girls by promoting women's and girls' leadership abilities.
The mission of the American Council on Education Women's Network is to identify, develop, advance, and support women in higher education at the national, state, and local levels. The goals of both The Network (national) and the Virginia Network are to promote women's leadership in higher education and throughout society as a whole; to create an educational, social, and political climate in which women, in all their diversity, can participate equally with men in setting public agendas; to facilitate connections among women in various sectors of higher education and with other organizations and networks with shared goals on the institutional, state, regional, professional, national, and international levels; and to foster strategic alliances and facilitate effective partnerships between women and men in the workplace.
To serve students and the University as a whole by:
- Fostering the respect, safety, and dignity of women and girls;
- Developing leadership and compassion through academic community engagement;
- Building powerful partnerships for social change;
- Working for gender justice on Grounds and across the globe, and celebrating those who join us.
Leadership Resources for Virginia Girls
For over five decades, Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership (HOBY) has inspired young people to make a difference and become catalysts for positive change in their home, school, workplace, and community. As America's foremost youth leadership organization, HOBY has a long and impressive history of successfully motivating youth and volunteers to outstanding leadership.
National Leadership and Involvement Resources
Advancing Women in Leadership represents the first on-line professional, refereed journal for women in leadership. The journal publishes manuscripts that report, synthesize, review, or analyze scholarly inquiry that focuses on women's issues.
The Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP), a unit of the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is nationally recognized as the leading source of scholarly research and current data about American women's political participation. Its mission is to promote greater knowledge and understanding about women's participation in politics and government and to enhance women's influence and leadership in public life.
The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization encouraging the informed and active participation in government. It influences public policy through education and advocacy.
Founded in 1938, the National Federation of Republican Women is a grassroots political organization with thousands of active members in local clubs across the nation and in several U.S. territories, making it one of the largest and most influential women's political organizations in the country. We work to promote the principles, objectives and policies of the Republican Party; elect Republican candidates; inform the public through political education and activity; and, increase the effectiveness of women in the cause of good government.
Virginia Counci on Women
About the Council
- Powers and Duties
- Women's Healthcare Initiative
- STEM Essay Contest
- Women’s Leadership Resources in Virginia
- Report on Working Women in Virginia
Virginia Council on Women
Attn: Office of the Secretary of the Commonwealth
Post Office Box 2454
Richmond, Virginia 23218-2454