Society of Women Engineers

SWENext High School Leadership Academy (SHLA)


The purpose of the SWENext High School Leadership Academy (SHLA) is to inspire high school students to pursue careers in engineering and technology.

The SHLA program provides year-round programming in addition to a program held in conjunction with SWE's Annual Conference to provide high-school students with training and development opportunities in five key program tracks including:

  1. College preparation 
  2. STEM pathways
  3. Leadership 
  4. Self-development 
  5. Inclusion and cultural awareness 

To become familiar with engineering pathways and develop a STEM identity, it is critical that STEM-interested high school girls have access to women in the engineering workforce. SHLA provides the opportunity for students to experience the SWE community first-hand through networking, coaching, and mentoring to learn techniques to pursue STEM careers. 

Upcoming SHLA Learning Events

Year-Round Online Content

  1. Techniques For Advocating For Yourself, on-demand now available - view now
  2. College Considerations, August 6 at 6 pm CST
  3. Resumes and Letters of Recommendation, August 13 at 6 pm CST
  4. College Essays and The Common Application, August 20 at 6 pm CST
  5. Scholarships and Financial Aid, August 27 at 6 PM CST

WE20 Virtual SWENext High School Leadership Academy (SHLA)


To learn more about SHLA, please contact