Women's Initiative in Leadership

The Institute of Politics’ Women’s Initiative in Leadership (WIL) was created to address the interest and importance of women students at Harvard in developing leadership skills. The program strives to explore and understand leadership through seminars, discussions, and interactive workshops over the course of a semester. Candidates for the Women’s Initiative in Leadership must be currently enrolled at Harvard College. Applications are open to all undergraduate women during the first weeks in the fall and the spring; however, space is limited.

WIL was a unique opportunity to learn from unbelievably inspiring women who shared their ideas, dreams and stories about the importance of women in leadership, either from their experience in long outstanding careers or from the young, passionate perspectives.

- Nicole Piedra

Madeleine Albright

Benefits of joining WIL include:

  • Opportunity to participate in leadership development workshops such as leadership styles, negotiation, business, communication, etc.
  • Listen to and discuss with accomplished speakers across disciplines from public service to government to the sciences to business
  • Mentorship by a WIL alumni
  • Participation in a community project.


Chaired by Olivia Ferdinand | oliviaferdinand@college.harvard.edu