School of Information Leadership Development Program

The School of Information is launching a pilot Leadership Development Program (LDP) for Fall 2021, to increase advancement of women and non-binary students in technology leadership roles by providing an environment that affirms and reflects intersectional experiences.

This program is geared toward mid-career professionals (7+ years work experience) who are part-time students in the Master of Information & Data Science (MIDS) and Master of Information & Cybersecurity (MICS) degree programs, allowing students to directly apply their learning in the LDP to the context of their work. The 2021–22 LDP pilot program will be open to 25 graduate students.

The phrase “glass ceiling” was defined thirty years ago as an artificial barrier preventing qualified individuals from advancing to senior-level positions. Today, the glass ceiling persists for women and non-binary people in STEM leadership. Intersectional factors of race and class can lead to a concrete ceiling, creating an impenetrable barrier.

In 2016, only 18.4% of the senior-level roles and only 14.1% of executive roles were female. The I School LDP focuses on executive leadership roles, as we see strong women representation in individual contributors and mid-management, and are seeking to address lack of representation in senior leadership.

“Addressing the lack of representation in leadership positions is very important both for the individuals and for companies. A step towards it with programs like these will not only provide training to prepare us for such roles but also a network to share experiences with and learn from each other.”

–Srishti Mehra, MIDS Student

The I School LDP includes a mentorship program, workshop series, employer connections, self-assessments, and peer coaching. The focus is on holistic and transformational training and conversations, accounting for shared and differing experiences. Participants will be guided through developing a personal vision and leadership style, navigating barriers and biases facing women in technology (e.g., stereotype threat, imposter syndrome, implicit bias), practicing leadership skills, and leading multicultural teams and technology initiatives. The program will include service-learning, connecting participants with junior Berkeley women who aspire towards leadership roles.

Support the I School Leadership Development Program

We are actively seeking individuals and organizations who are interested in supporting our female and non-binary students in advancing to technology leadership roles.

Are you an organization interested in supporting our work?

You can participate by:

  • Becoming a financial sponsor and corporate partner

  • Providing targeted recruiting opportunities

Fill out our form to learn more.

Are you a leader in technology interested in supporting our female and non-binary students?

You can participate by:

  • Volunteering as a one-on-one mentor, committing to monthly meetings with your mentor for the duration of the program (October 2021 – June 2022).

  • Serving as a panelist or guest speaker, sharing your experiences navigating gender and intersectional identity factors while advancing to technology leadership

Fill out our form to learn more.

Are you an expert in leadership development, particularly for women in technology?

We welcome your ideas around:

  • Workshops targeted towards our LDP participants

  • Assessments and activities geared to help our LDP participants identity and explore their career goals

Fill out our form to learn more.


Contact us with questions or ideas around how to support the female and non-binary I School Leadership Development Program:

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Rebecca Andersen
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For Students

Are you an I School student interested in participating in the Leadership Development Program?

We will be opening applications in August — stay tuned for more information! Emails announcing the program dates and application process will be sent to all students in August. You must be a current student in MIDS or MICS as of the Fall 2021 term to be considered.

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Last updated:

August 20, 2021