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

Location: Zoom 

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!  


Applications are currently closed! 2021 NLO Participants will be announced on May 7th!


Thank you to our 2021 NLO Sponsors!


Premier Sponsors 


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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