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.

Meet the 2019 Cohort

The 26 participants represent five countries and a range of backgrounds and news organizations. They were selected from a pool of more than 400 applicants.

Meet the Cohort

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

Speakers and mentors joining the 2019 Women’s Leadership Accelerator

Each year a dynamic group of digital media leaders contribute to the Women’s Leadership Accelerator as speakers and mentors. The 2019 Accelerator kicks off Feb. 10-15, and we are thrilled …

Announcing the outstanding journalists in the 2019 Women’s Leadership Accelerator

WASHINGTON — The Online News Association (ONA) has selected 26 innovative women working at the forefront of digital media for the 2019 Women’s Leadership Accelerator. The Accelerator is a yearlong …

Why apply for the Women’s Leadership Accelerator?

This post was originally written in 2017. Applications for the 2019 Women’s Leadership Accelerator are open through Nov. 30, 2018. There are so many amazing women in journalism today. From telling …

Warm welcome in Los Angeles for the 2018 class of the Women’s Leadership Accelerator

ONA is in Los Angeles this week for the start of the 2018 Women’s Leadership Accelerator, an intensive yearlong program that supports women to advance their careers in digital journalism. …

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

The Women’s Leadership Accelerator is tuition-free thanks to the support of lead funder Dow Jones Foundation, and additional support from Craig Newmark Philanthropies, Microsoft News, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation; Ethics & Excellence in Journalism Foundation; Alley, VIP; KCRW, KPCC + LAist; Disney Parks, Experiences and Products; John S. Knight (JSK) Journalism Fellowships and MM.LaFleur.

Microsoft News

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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