Located on the campus of Portland State University within the Mark O. Hatfield School of Government is a bold women’s leadership initiative for college students. The next generation of leaders will face a growing list of complex issues and must be prepared to step forward with vision, courage, and the skills to meet the challenge. National Education for Women’s Leadership of Oregon (NEW Leadership Oregon) aims to build leaders in Oregon today to solve the problems of tomorrow. The program is dedicated to inspiring, educating, and supporting the next generation of women leaders. Each year we graduate an outstanding class of women who are equipped with the skills to become fearless leaders in their communities. NEW Leadership Oregon is modeled after the award-winning leadership program designed by the renowned Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University.
The Center for Women's Leadership changes the way leadership looks from the ground up. Through targeted teaching and training programs for women and girls, community events, and a robust speaker series, our Center is building a diverse group of emerging women leaders in communities across the state.
Open to college women enrolled at any college in the state of Oregon, NEW Leadership Oregon runs a cross-sector inclusive women-centered leadership program that educates and inspires a new generation of women leaders.
Application Deadline: Friday, March 19, 2021
Summer Remote Program Dates: June 24-29, 2021
Fall Training Day: September 18, 2021
Eligibility: Any woman enrolled in an Oregon college or university during the current academic school year is eligible to apply. Students at the undergraduate and graduate level are welcome and we encourage students with all kinds of interests and backgrounds to apply.
Program Cost: The 2021 NLO program is free this year thanks to our generous sponsors!
National Education for Women’s Leadership of Oregon (NEW Leadership Oregon) aims to build leaders in Oregon today to solve the problems of tomorrow. The program is dedicated to inspiring, educating, and supporting the next generation of women leaders.
NLO App Checklist
Ready to apply? Here’s a quick overview of the application questions:
- We want to know about you! We request your preferred name, the school you attend, major/minor, academic interests, and contact information.
- Why do you wish to participate in NEW Leadership™ Oregon? Please write 2-3 paragraphs about what inspired you to apply and what you hope to gain through participating.
- What does leadership mean to you? (Please explain in 1-2 sentences)
- Describe your past and present campus or community involvement. Please write 2-3 paragraphs about your involvement and include why you are passionate about these campus or community programs and/or issues.
- Please list any leadership positions attained as well as any honors or awards received. Please write 2-3 paragraphs detailing positions, honors, awards you have attained, and/or leadership positions you hope to attain.
Also, be prepared to list three references that we can contact if you are accepted.
Thank you to our 2021 NLO Sponsors!
The Center for Women’s Leadership has impacted my life by giving me the tools I needed to feel confident enough to take my career and education to the next level. NEW Leadership Oregon was instrumental in my decision to pursue a graduate level education. I feel that there is nothing that I cannot achieve if I put my mind to it.
— NLO Alumna
Stats About Oregon Women
Oregon women earn between 53 and 83 cents (depending on race or ethnicity) for every dollar men in Oregon earn. The gender wealth gap, based on the sum of a person’s assets, is even larger: approximately 35 cents on the dollar. Oregon’s gender wealth gap is among the largest in the nation.
In 2016, only one of Oregon’s 39 publicly traded companies was led by a woman CEO. Several Oregon counties do not have a single woman serving in county-wide office.
Nearly a third of Oregon’s women and girls are struggling to make ends meet. As a result, most cannot cover an unexpected expense of even $100 without having to sell something or borrow money.
Oregon is amongst the Top Five least affordable states for center-based infant care.
Thank you to the Women's Foundation of Oregon for their work on the Count Her in report.