ELEVATE YOUR CAREER RIGHT HERE IN HAMPTON ROADS!

Women Who Lead is a 12-week professional development accelerator that helps minority women improve their leadership skills,

access traditionally male-dominated industries, and gain certifications to obtain higher paying wages or access to contract opportunities.

BRINGING OPPORTUNITY TO A WIDER AUDIENCE!

According to a recent report by Harvard Business School graduate Sam Pressler, if there were no racial gaps in income or employment in Hampton Roads in 2019, the regions GDP would have been $17 billion higher in 2019. His work cites references to the fact that a core driver in advancing equitable growth is eliminating regional gaps in access to capital and skills that directly hinger such growth. As such, Norfolk State University has partnered with Black BRAND in an effort to reduce brain drain in Hampton Roads by supporting the career and business development needs of those most impacted by discrimination and institutional bias- primarily low and moderate-income minority women.

INSPIRING UPWARD MOBILITY FOR WORKING MINORITY WOMEN

Women Who Lead was specifically designed to support women seeking career advancement including those considered asset-limited, and income-constrained, while gainfully employed.

Low to Moderate Income

While we encourage women of all socioeconomic statuses to apply, Women Who Lead prioritizes women with a household income (HHI) of less than $60,000.

We’re Seeking:

  • Retail and customer service workers
  • Middle managers seeking upward mobility
  • Solopreneurs or other entrepreneurs seeking business growth
  • Women interested in male dominated industries

Minority Women

This program is for any racial/ethnic minority who identifies as a woman.

WOMEN WHO LEAD.

Our 12-Week model exposes the region’s assets, provides professional mentorship and upskilling opportunities, and creates a pipeline to career and contract opportunities.

Opening + Closing Retreats

Immerse yourself in a safe space to gain actionable career guidance and strategy while learning the ins and outs of the program.

10 Workshops/Experiential Training

Engage in panel discussions, fireside chats and workshops designed to upskill your talent and develop your career assets.

Professional Mentorship

Meet with a vetted mentor ready to support and guide you through developing the necessary access, skills and tools to take strategic risks, pursue opportunities and advance professionally.

Program Days

Take advantage of “in-office” days scheduled to provide technical assistance with developing your career assets.

Networking Opportunities

Develop critical and long-lasting relationships by getting into the right room with the Who’s Who of Hampton Roads.

WWL Community

Get connected to certifications, other development programs, and a network of esteemed Hampton Roads women lending time, resources and insight.

INTERESTED IN BECOMING A MENTOR?

Does the idea of helping another woman advance her career goals excite you? Get paid to help our program participants develop their career assets, facilitate professional introductions, and help upskill soft and technical skills for professional advancement

MENTOR ORIENTATION

February 15, 2024 | 2:00-5:00 PM | 2:00-5:00 PM

In consideration of your application, please plan to attend a three hour orientation to include a trauma-informed training.

FAQ’S

 

PARTICIPANT FAQ’S | MENTOR FAQ’S

Working minority women are eligible to apply. We define women as anyone who identifies as a woman.

As a program participant, you can expect to dedicate an estimated 3-5 hours per week to various activities, including leadership development, communication workshops, networking sessions, negotiation skill-building, and exploring topics such as financial wellness. This commitment will span the entire 12-week duration of the program.

The frequency of mentorship meetings can varies depending upon individual arrangements. Typically, mentorship meetings occur on a regular basis to provide consistent guidance and support throughout the program duration. However, the specific meeting schedule will be determined by the program’s guidelines and the availability of both the mentee and mentor.

The program accepts up to 30 participants, offering a limited number of spots for individuals to join.

The costs associated with this program are being subsidized by generous corporate grants. Participants are required to pay a $100 materials fee due upon acceptance and prior to the first program retreat. This $100 will be refunded upon successful completion of the program.

PARTNERS + SPONSORS

OFFICE HOURS

Monday to Friday

9:00 am to 6:00 pm

Saturday

9:00 am to 12 noon

Closed on Sundays