Women in Leadership

Women in Leadership (WIL) began 10 years ago as a project management internship for women students. Now, after a decade in action, we are updating this program to reflect the changing needs of today's participants. Starting in the 2020-21 school year, the program will shift to being mentorship-based. We hope to create immediate connection and long-term, supportive relationships for everyone involved.


Interested in being a mentor or mentee? Email kate@ywcauofi.org for more information!

What does WIL offer for mentees?

WIL offers students the chance to develop supportive relationships with women who are advanced in their careers. Mentees can use their time in the program (and beyond) to learn what it's really like in the professional world. In addition to one-on-one connection, mentees will have access to presentations, small groups, and other resources on topics concerning women's careers.

The program will end with two fun events in April. First, YWCA will provide transportation and lunch for a day trip to the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield so mentees can see our legislators at work and learn how to advocate for smart public policy. Second, mentees, mentors, and YWCA staff and supporters will join together for an annual dinner to celebrate the end of a successful year.

Who is WIL for?

WIL is open to women-identifying people enrolled at the University of Illinois and Parkland College.

Looking for help?

We do not provide shelter or counseling services at this YW. Please reach out to our sister organizations. Or see our resources page.

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