The Women’s Leadership Accelerator empowers women in digital journalism.
The program supercharges the leadership and management skills of women who are pushing digital innovation. We provide connections, training and practical tools to women though our intensive, cohort-based program and through workshops, trainings and events aimed at the broader journalism community.
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 Women’s Leadership Accelerator provides:
- A week of hands-on personal and professional work; candid discussions about leadership, work-life balance and problem-solving in the newsroom; deep dives on developing leadership and management skills; and one-on-one mentoring from industry leaders.
- A year of check-ins and practical, targeted guidance and personal coaching on individual challenges.
- Up to three online sessions between March and October, tailored to the needs of women in the cohort
- Registration to 2021 Online News Association Conference (ONA21)
- A half-day workshop closing workshop for the cohort in Fall, 2021
- The opportunity to be a part of a cohort of peers to serve as a strong career-long support system.
- Oct.28, 2020: Applications open
- Nov. 30, 2020: Applications close at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time
- Spring 2021: Cohort announced
- March 22-26, 2021: Intensive Accelerator week
- October 2021: Closing workshop
Each year, we welcome a cohort of women representing a range of backgrounds, expertise and newsrooms around the globe to our intensive program.
The Women's Leadership program began in 2015 and has evolved to be a year-long cohort experience. Each year, we welcome a cohort of women representing a range of backgrounds, expertise and newsrooms around the globe to our intensive program. Learn about the past programs, including previous cohorts, speakers, sponsors and programming.
Summer Series Events
We’ve created these four unique, online sessions for women in leadership roles based on the feedback we’ve received from hundreds of women who’ve participated in our events. All four events are available on-demand. Learn more about the series.
News and Updates
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.