Society of Women Engineers

Collegiate Leadership Institute (CLI)

What is the Collegiate Leadership Institute?

The overarching goal of the Collegiate Leadership Institute (CLI) is to equip collegiate members with the skills,title Collegiate Leadership Institute (CLI) - knowledge, and leadership abilities that will enable them to become global leaders in their engineering careers and serve as a future pipeline for leaders in the Society of Women Engineers (SWE). To do this, the program aims to motivate, inspire, and support SWE collegiate members to successfully transition to the engineering workforce by providing key practices that will accelerate and enhance the success of collegiate to entering the engineering workforce. 

Learning Format of the CLI

The CLI program will be offered in a virtual cohort format from October-June, providing professional development opportunities from global leadership experts throughout the school year. The core program content includes the following: 

  • Three one-hour sessions for the WE program (anticipated in November or December).
  • Three post-WE CLI professional development sessions spaced throughout the year.
  • Access the SWE Mentoring Platform for ongoing mentoring.
  • Access to recommended leadership online learning modules.

A Note about WE20 Registration

CLI applicants receive free WE20 registration and are required to attend all CLI sessions. If you purchase WE20 registration on your own, you cannot be refunded by the Society of Women Engineers. SWE advises you to wait until you receive an acceptance or rejection into the CLI program before purchasing conference registration.

The CLI group at WE19

What are the goals of the CLI?

The Institute provides professional development for college students that fulfills the following program outcomes:

  1. Build self-confidence and resilience in the face of adversity in the workplace. 
  2. Help students communicate their value for career and educational purposes.
  3. Strengthen their listening skills, feedback skills, and problem-solving skills; hone their ability to influence others and work in teams.
  4. Recognize trends and emerging complex social issues that challenge leaders in the business and professional world. 
  5. Identify and analyze strengths and limitations of current leadership styles. Develop an appreciation for the advantages of leadership styles different from their own.
  6. Provide opportunities to network with peers, role models, and industry professionals. Engage with experienced mentors and leadership subject-matter-experts (SME).

Who Can Attend the CLI?

The CLI is open to undergraduate and graduate students who:

  • Are pursuing a STEM degree.
  • Are current members of SWE in good standing.
  • Have a GPA of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.