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 is 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.
  • Optional year-round networking, hosted by CLI students.
  • Access the SWE Mentoring Platform for ongoing mentoring.
The virtual CLI cohort in November 2020.

The CLI 2020-21 Program

The CLI 2020-21 program hosted 158 collegiate SWE members during a two-week concentrated program in November, with three year-round sessions planned for the 2021 academic year. The CLI surpassed all program goals in November, including attendance, program completion, online forum participation, self-assessed increases in confidence for each program outcome, and an overall satisfaction score of 4.51 out of 5. The CLI program introduced new engagement features such as a Participant Workbook, Google Classroom, virtual networking sessions facilitated by SWE L&D, and optional year-round networking sessions hosted by CLI students.

“The CLI program was paradigm-shifting! Many leadership sessions I've attended in the past would focus on strategies for managing others, but this program focused specifically on introspection and reflection on our value as individuals and how to best leverage our unique skills and abilities to help others reach their potential.”

“The CLI program really allowed me to reflect on the current skills I have. I know that I am able to problem-solve well and can work well with people, and now with the knowledge I gained, I can try to go out and apply that more!”

“I really enjoyed the sessions of the CLI program and one of the main things I gained was self-awareness about myself and the way I lead, such as my tendency toward a particular leadership style…, my identification with many of the lies of the imposter complex, and more about the deviations between the personal brand I currently have and the one I want to have. This self-awareness is helpful in that it has helped me identify what I want to improve on going forward and that has enabled me to set more specific goals!”

“LOVED my experience and learned so much. Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU for doing this!”

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.

This project is based upon work partially supported by the generosity of Keysight Technologies and General Motors.

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