2015-16 Women’s Leadership Academies

The ONA-Poynter Leadership Academy for Women in Digital Media was a week-long, tuition-free leadership program designed to address the unique needs of women in digital media. This partnership combined the resources of the world’s leading digital media organization, ONA, with the global leader in professional journalism education, The Poynter Institute. The jointly led academy was hosted for two years at Poynter’s campus in St. Petersburg, Fla.

In 2017, offerings were expanded to meet demand, as both academies received hundreds of qualified applicants. Poynter and ONA are each offering trainings. ONA’s version is now called the Women’s Leadership Accelerator.

2015 Class

The inaugural academy, held April 12-17, 2015, focused on critical skills for women moving up the ladder in digital journalism and technology organizations and documented the challenges they face on the path to leadership. The inaugural class consisted of 25 selected applicants and 16 leaders who provided training, mentoring and advice throughout the week.

The women were selected from a pool of nearly 500 applicants. You can learn more about the selection process here.

Check out the 2015 Class

Check out the 2015 Leaders

2016 Class

Our second class was held May 1-6, 2016, and focused on developing emerging leaders. The class consisted of 28 selected participants.

Check out the 2016 Class


ONA and Poynter would like to thank our generous funders and supporters:


Craigslist Charitable Fund