Women’s Leadership Accelerator

ONA’s 2017 Women’s Leadership Accelerator is a weeklong forum aimed squarely at developing strong leadership skills for women working in digital journalism. The Accelerator, to be held Feb. 5-10, 2017, at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, is open to 25 promising women leaders who are pushing innovation in their organization.

In addition to learning leadership skills and tools for navigating change, participants will focus on a challenge specific to their careers, whether an obstacle to overcome or an aspirational goal to achieve, either within their organizations or as an independent project.

The Accelerator, supported by a generous grant from the Dow Jones Foundation, is open to practitioners working in digital media, including freelancers, entrepreneurs and independent journalists. ONA will screen candidates for potential, need and diversity across ethnicity, age, geography, technology platforms and skill sets.

The tuition-free program offers:

  • A focus on developing leadership and management skills, with special attention to challenges faced by women in media
  • Discussions, deep dives and one-on-one mentoring from some of the top women leaders in digital journalism
  • Proven creative approaches to pushing innovation in newsrooms
  • Practical, targeted guidance to working through individual challenges
  • Open, candid discussions about leadership, work-life balance and problem-solving in the newsroom
  • The opportunity to build a cohort of peers to serve as a strong career-long support system

The Accelerator will bring a range of prominent women leaders as speakers and mentors to Los Angeles, including:

Kara Swisher
Executive Editor at Recode

Jennifer Brandel
CEO and Co-founder, Hearken
Henriquez-Charo

Charo Henriquez-Scaia
former Digital Executive Editor of People en Español

Liz Heron
former Executive Editor at Huffington Post

Applications are due Nov. 15. If you have questions about the application, eligibility or goals for the program, please see our FAQ.

The Accelerator is the next iteration of the ONA-Poynter Leadership Academy for Women in Digital Media, a two-year program in partnership with the Poynter Institute designed to address the unique needs of women in digital media.

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