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) in the the MIDS & MICS  programs, allowing students to directly apply their learning in the LDP to the context of their work.

The 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.

The 2021–22 LDP program is a limited pilot program. Depending on program feedback and financial support, we hope to expand this program in the future to accommodate more I School students and degree programs.

Interesting in Participating?

Applications for the 2021–22 pilot program are open now. The application deadline is Friday, September 3 at 11:59 pm PDT.

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You must be a current MIDS or MICS student as of the Fall 2021 term to be considered. The 2021–22 pilot program will be open to 25 I School 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


Contact us with questions about the Leadership Development Program:

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Rebecca Andersen
Senior Director of Student & Alumni Career Development
104 South Hall

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Anticipated Program Dates

The Leadership Development Program will have monthly virtual sessions for skill building and networking. To the best of their ability, LDP participants are required to attend these sessions, which are generally planned for the 3rd Friday of each month, 12:00–1:30 pm PT. Anticipated dates are:

  • September 17, 2021 (launch event)
  • October 15, 2021
  • November 19, 2021
  • December 17, 2021
  • January 21, 2022
  • February 18, 2022
  • March 11, 2022
  • April 15, 2022
  • May 20, 2022

Last updated:

August 31, 2021