A four-month accelerator and mentoring initiative devoted to cultivating the next generation of women-identifying leaders.
Spring cohort 2023 has started. Apply for next year’s!
Built with experts
We have partnered with Ethos, a culture consulting meets diversity, equity, inclusion firm for the development and execution of the program.
About the program
WMNtech Leaders, formerly Women Influence Chicago (WIC), has been devoted to empowering those that are women-identifying in the workplace, propelling emerging leaders into roles of influence, and creating parity in the business world.
Cohort key details
This upcoming cohort is 100% virtual.
• Dates: Spring 2024
• Two tracks: technical & market-facing
• Time commitment: runs a full day, one Friday/month
• Ends with graduation
The WMNtech Leaders program is designed for mid-career, women-identifying professionals.
While the average years of experience will range from 3-10, the most important factor is that participants exhibit exceptional promise in their current roles and would benefit from support in how to translate that promise into promotions or increased responsibilities.
Learn more about the cohort by attending our next session – We’ll add it when we set the date!
View the following program components and track type to see where fit in.
Designed for women-identifying technologists with clear technical roles across the following areas:
• Software engineering and dev
• Data engineering and data science
• Technical product management.
Designed for women-identifying professionals working in external facing roles, including individuals that work with clients, customers, or outside stakeholders across the following areas:
• Marketing and communications
• Customer success
Participants will attend four monthly workshops, one each month. The program will include topics that are designed to help participants develop their best professional self.
Participants will develop a sustainable support system outside of their companies through a peer-driven, two-hour monthly forum.
Participants will be matched with a “Super Mentor” to partner with regularly before and after the program.
Participants will have a monthly group coaching session designed to advance their personal goals.
*Need-based scholarship are limited
Over 130 women and 50 companies have gone through the program since 2019.
“It is inspiring to see so much support from the Women’s Leadership Accelerator and the Chicago Tech community for a group of women in similar roles, career stages, and with similar levels of drive and passion for what they do. When you bring that group together, it’s magic.”
“As women, we often have very high expectations for ourselves and don’t feel confident about the level of expertise we have. This makes us hesitant from sharing or driving towards aspirations when we aren’t quite ready to achieve them. I learned that having lofty goals and sharing them with a community of women leaders can be an immense motivator and will often help you when you don’t know how to start!”
“My favorite moment of the entire program was the graduation ceremony. It was clear that mentees and mentors alike were enriched and benefitted from the program. Each participant was honored individually during the ceremony and hearing from Alida and my mentors were incredibly uplifting.”