The Women’s Leadership Accelerator is a yearlong intensive program that supercharges the leadership and management skills of women who are pushing digital innovation. Each year we welcome a cohort of women representing a range of backgrounds, expertise and newsrooms around the globe.

Applications for the 2019 Cohort are closed

The deadline for 2019 was Nov. 30. Participants will be announced in January.

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About the Program

The Women’s Leadership Accelerator kicks off with an intensive week of mentoring, discussion and learning from some of the top minds in digital media.  Participants work closely with mentors on challenges unique to their careers and also receive support and coaching from ONA throughout the year. The program culminates in a workshop at ONA’s annual conference.

  • Oct. 31, 2018: Applications open
  • Nov. 30, 2018: Applications close
  • January: Cohort announced
  • Feb 10-15, 2019: Accelerator at the UCLA Meyer & Renee Luskin Conference Center in Los Angeles
  • Sept. 14, 2019: Final workshop at ONA annual conference in New Orleans

Opportunities for the community

Outside the cohort, ONA shares the lessons from the Women’s Leadership Accelerator through other programming and events, including collaboration with ONA LocalONA’s annual conference and training in partnership with other organizations.

In addition, you can connect with alumnae of the Women’s Leadership Accelerator through free one-on-one coaching on Over 60 women, including ONA Director of Programs Jennifer Mizgata, offer free coaching sessions to support other women in digital journalism with leadership and management tips, career advice and feedback on their work.

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Resources and News

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Past Programs

The Women's Leadership program began in 2015 and has evolved to be a year-long cohort experience. Learn about the past programs, including previous cohorts, speakers, sponsors and programming.

Past Speakers

The ONA Women's Leadership Accelerator has featured an excellent array of industry leaders and inspirational voices to shepherd our cohorts through their time in the program.

Ladyswagger, Inc.
Vice President, Programming
Executive Editor

Program Design and Facilitators

Founder and Principal
Tiny Collaborative
Director of Programs
Online News Association

Program Supporters

Thanks to the generous support of lead funder, the Dow Jones Foundation, and supporting funder Knight Foundation, the 2019 Women’s Leadership Accelerator training is tuition-free.

Knight Foundation
To learn more about supporting the program, contact Jessica Strelitz, Head of Strategic Partnerships, at

Learn More

Contact Director of Programs Jennifer Mizgata at to learn more about opportunities to connect with the Accelerator.

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