Intersession Becomes Leadership Academy
Leadership Academy, formerly known as Intersession, has become a capstone of The Initiative experience. Each year, our students gather in Washington, DC for a jam-packed week of leadership development, career planning, policy dialogue, and networking.
Students complete a leadership seminar at Georgetown University’s Center for Child and Human Development (CCHD). The series includes sessions on leadership principles and empowerment taught by Ellen Kagen of Georgetown’s CCHD; media skills and crisis communications taught by Board Member Marti Boone; as well as academic and professional road-mapping and resume and cover letter writing workshops led by Daphne Wales of the University of Rhode Island. Each student completes a student portfolio to showcase her academic and extra-curricular work for the purpose of resume building, interviewing and career planning.
This year and last, students had the opportunity to network with members of the US-Afghan Women’s Council and staff at the US Department of State Office of Global Women’s Issues. They also attended roundtables at the United States Institute of Peace addressing anti-Muslim speech and activity in the US, and gala Annual Afghan Diner and Awards events at the Embassy of Afghanistan.