Collegiate Leadership Institute (CLI)

Collegiate Leadership Institute (cli)The Collegiate Leadership Institute’s (CLI) overarching goal is to equip collegiate members with the skills, 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. 

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 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).

Learning Format of the CLI

The core CLI program is offered in a virtual cohort format meeting monthly from October 2021 to June 2022, including the following program components: 

  • Registration to WE21 on October 21 – 23 (in-person or virtual conference). 
  • Five CLI professional development sessions from global leadership experts.
  • Quarterly CLI Connect Virtual Networking Pods.

Collegiate Leadership Institute (cli)

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, ARDC, Keysight Technologies and General Motors.


FY21 CLI Alumni