Resources for Women

Leadership and Career Resources for Virginia Women

American Association of University Women – Virginia

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.

Batten Leadership Institute

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

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.

The Farm Team

Our goal is a simple one: to develop Virginia women for political leadership roles who share our Democratic values.

Lead Virginia

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.

The Leadership Colloquium of the University of Mary Washington

Creating a network and relevant learning environment to inspire women for a lifetime of leadership. – Adopted by the Colloquium Advisory Board, February 10, 2011

Nurse Leadership Institute of Virginia

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.

Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership

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.

Virginia Democratic Women's Caucus

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.

Virginia Women Attorney Association

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

Women's Health Virginia

Our mission is to enhance Virginia women and girls' health and well-being through education, research, and collaboration.

Women's Institute for Leadership Development at Old Dominion University

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

Old Dominion University Women's Center

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.

University of Virginia Maxine Platzer Lynn Women's Center

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.

VA Network for Women in Higher Education

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.

Women's Center at UVA

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

Hugh O'Brien Youth Leadership High School

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 Journal Online

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.

Center for American Women and Politics 

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.

League of Women Voters

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.

National Federation of Republican Women

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

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Mailing Address: 
Virginia Council on Women
Attn: Office of the Secretary of the Commonwealth
Post Office Box 2454
Richmond, Virginia 23218-2454