Leadership Development Program for Gender Equity

The School of Information Leadership Development Program (LDP) for Gender Equity aims to increase advancement of women and non-binary students in technology leadership roles through a career development program that affirms and reflects intersectional experiences and builds connections with technology companies.

This program is open to I School graduate students interested in advancing to tech leadership roles and exploring the experiences of women and non-binary professionals in technology.

The LDP program includes a mentorship program, workshop series, employer connections, self-assessments, peer coaching, and service learning. 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), and practicing leadership skills, including creating inclusive spaces and serving as an ally for others. The program will include service-learning, giving participants an opportunity to give back to others interested in careers in technology.

For more information, see the 2021–2022 LDP Program Impact Report

Interested in Participating?

Want to learn more? Attend the LDP Information Session on August 9, 2023.

The application deadline is Friday, September 1 at 11:59 pm PDT.

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You must be a current MIDS, MICS, or second-year MIMS student to be considered. First-year MIMS students and 5th Year MIDS students are not eligible. The program will be open to 40 I School students.

The LDP program is open to students from all gender identities, but students must have an interest in exploring the experiences of women and non-binary individuals in technology careers.

“The program includes a fair amount of necessary self reflection to help you define your own leadership path, then provides the tools to allow you to start making progress towards your goals. In addition, LDP provides a rich community to learn from: other program participants, speakers, and a mentor.”

–Catherine Tsai; 2021–2022 LDP participant; Director of Business Analytics, Houzz

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.

Women face a broken rung towards leadership roles in technology, and are promoted at a slower rate than men1, with women of color especially underrepresented in tech leadership. A recent analysis of the 177 largest Silicon Valley technology firms found that women made up only 0.4% of executive roles compared to 14.6% of white women2. Public statistics on trans and non-binary individuals in tech are virtually nonexistent, with one report stating that 75% of trans employees feel they must hide their trans status at work3.

There is a gender equity problem in tech careers, and the I School LDP is one part of the solution. Together, we can work towards a future where all workers are supported.

“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 ’22; 2021–22 LDP participant; Machine Learning Engineer, Theorem


Contact us with questions about the Leadership Development Program for Gender Equity:

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

1 McKinsey & Company. (2021). Women in the Workplace 2021. https://mck.co/3N7Pfb9

2 Tomaskovic-Devey, D., & Han, J.-H. (2018). Is Silicon Valley Tech Diversity Possible Now? Center for Employment Equity, University of Massachusetts, Amherst. https://bit.ly/3xdueGR

3 Lynn, S. (2021, March 31). Transgender in tech: More visibility but obstacles remain. ABC News. Retrieved May 31, 2022, from https://abcn.ws/38Be8gt

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Anticipated 2023–24 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:

  • September 22, 2023
  • October 20, 2023
  • November 17, 2023
  • December 8, 2023
  • January 19, 2024
  • February 23, 2024
  • March 15, 2024
  • April 12, 2024
  • May 3, 2024

All sessions will be held virtually, 12:00–1:30 pm Pacific Time.


Last updated:

May 24, 2024