How to Support the Women’s Leadership Accelerator Series  

In March 2022, the Online News Association welcomed 26 women to its sixth Women’s Leadership Accelerator program.

Overview Demographics and Details:

  • More than 2, 300 applicants in the eight years total that ONA has run this program
  • 26 women in the 2022 cohort, plus dozens of speakers and mentors as part of year-round convenings and training.
  • Variety of roles, newsrooms, beats and organization sizes represented

In addition to this year’s cohort, ONA continues to broaden our Advancing Women in Leadership portfolio. Most recently in November 2021, ONA hosted a second annual series of leadership conversations with women in digital media, as well as a stand-alone networking opportunity. Throughout the year ahead we will host other networking opportunities and sessions with members of past cohorts as we build a framework for newsrooms to create their own resources for advancing women in leadership.

Women’s Leadership Accelerator participants call the year-long workshop “transformational” and turn to each other for support as they work on their challenges throughout the year, and beyond. We have built a robust talent pipeline of more than 150+ professionals that have been a part of this year-round program since 2017, as well as 50 more leaders as part of the 2015 and 2016 cohorts, which ONA co-led with Poynter.

As an industry leader in providing programming to train, coach and support diverse leaders in media, ONA has modeled successful training programs that use a cohort-based training model not only to provide professional development but to create and nurture a supportive community that gives training participants the lifelong peer support they need for success. ONA annually receives hundreds of applicants for the year-long program, as well as 1,000+ other registrants for our non-cohort Women’s Leadership Accelerator specific programming.

Each of the cohorts we have selected and trained has reported extensive promotions and raises, more positive outcomes in working with supervisors and colleagues, successful launches of new projects and collaborations and new funding support for those efforts, and extensive positive feedback on the impact of the WLA in supporting their efforts, helping negotiation and decision making with workplace challenges and much more.

By supporting the Women’s Leadership Accelerator program and its related speaking series and events, you’ll join a stellar, global group of funders — including our continuing lead sponsor Dow Jones Foundation and supporting funders the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Inasmuch Foundation,  the Tiffany Shackelford Foundation and Otter.ai, as well as educational programs, nonprofits, technology firms, media companies, journalism fellowships and other brand supporters that help us keep this program 100% tuition-free each year for women in digital media around the world.

Funding levels are customized to your needs, interests and level of impact, and can range from general program support ($50,000-$500,000), event or series sponsorships ($10,000-$50,000)  supporting packages ($2,500-$10,000), as well as in-kind/product donations. All levels include WLA promotions, website logo/thanks, as well as an exclusive connection to our growing cohort community.

To discuss opportunities or share your ideas to support the event, contact Chief Strategic Partnerships Officer Jessica Strelitz at jessica@journalists.org or at (202) 753-7110.

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