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Poynter Leadership Academy for Women in Media 2022


November 5, 2021

This competitive program has transformed the careers of more than 450 women in news media and tech. It is designed for women who directly manage people and are within their first 1-5 years of formal leadership experience.

The application window is from Oct. 25 through Nov. 30, 2021.

Now in its eighth year, the Poynter Leadership Academy for Women in Media has transformed the careers of more than 450 women in news media and tech. During a week often described as overflowing with “Poynter magic,” each participant learns to manage teams more effectively, hone and communicate their strategic vision and steer their organizations toward success. But perhaps more importantly, graduates of the Poynter Academy and ONA’s partner program, the Women’s Leadership Accelerator, join a global community of support. 

This sisterhood is established during the program through honest, candid and often vulnerable conversations, hands-on activities, formal and informal social activities, and shared experiences. Each participant’s network expands after the program as graduates from different classes network, connect online and in person, and even mentor each other.

We will once again host three women’s leadership academies, each open to 30 participants:

  • Cohort 1: May 15-20, 2022
  • Cohort 2: Sept. 18-23, 2022
  • Cohort 3: Dec 4-9, 2022

We plan to host these programs in-person at Poynter’s campus in St. Petersburg, Florida. However, if public health guidelines require the academy to be offered completely virtually, we are confident the experience will be just as robust. 

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