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.

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.

Speaker/affiliate faculty members for NEW Leadership®:

Jill Deering

Jill Deering
Senior Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs
Schar School of Policy and Government
George Mason University

Anne Holton

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

Bonnie Stabile standing and smiling for a photo.

Bonnie Stabile
Associate Professor, Associate Dean for Student and Academic Affairs;
Founder and Director, Gender and Policy Center

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

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

NEW Leadership Virginia flyer

Application details will be available by October 15, 2023.

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

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