NEW Leadership® Virginia

NEW Leadership® Virginia is a non-partisan, six-day residential summer program that will take place from June 9 – 14, 2024 through the Gender and Policy (GAP) Center at George Mason University’s (GMU’s) Schar School of Policy and Government in Arlington, Virginia. 

Accepted students from colleges and universities around the Commonwealth will meet women leaders, learn about women’s participation in American policy, politics and public life, and develop and practice leadership skills through panel discussions, workshops, and projects. After the summer institute, participants will become part of NEWL’s national network of distinguished alumni.

A logo with the text NEW Leadership® Virginia. Below the text is an image of Virginia in all green.

The Schar School’s Gender and Policy (GAP) Center at GMU was selected by the Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP) as the sole NEW Leadership® National Network Partner for Virginia. NEW Leadership Virginia flyer

The summer 2024 application is closed. We look forward to welcoming summer 2024 participants on June 9th!

Any questions can be directed to NEW Leadership® Virginia’s Co-Directors:

Jill Deering

Bonnie Stabile (, GAP Founder and Director; Associate Professor and Associate Dean of Student and Academic Affairs, Schar School of Policy and Government

Jill Deering (, GAP Board Member; Senior Assistant Dean of Student and Academic Affairs, Schar School of Policy and Government

NEW Leadership Faculty in Residence

Charniele Herring standing in front of the United States flag on her right and the Virginia State flag on her left while smiling and wearing a blue blazer.

Charniele Herring
Majority Leader
Virginia House of Delegates

Shea Holman stands smiling while wearing a gray blazer and white shirt.

Shea Holman
Counsel and COO, the Purple Method; Director, Jurisprudence Community and Assistant Professor

Bonita Pennino stands smiling at the camera.

Bonita Pennino
Former American Cancer Society Government Relations Director

Speaker/affiliate faculty members for NEW Leadership®

Anne Holton

Anne Holton
Professor of Public Policy and Education; Senior Fellow, EdPolicyForward

Minna Taylor stands smiling while wearing a blue shirt.

Minna Taylor
Founder, Energize Your Voice, Author of The Confident Body

Jatia Wrighten stands outside while wearing a blue shirt and smiling.

Jatia Wrighten
Assistant Professor of Political Science
VCU | Virginia Commonwealth University