WiSe Leadership Initiative, open to women 35 and under

The WiSe Leadership Initiative is American Security Project’s flagship development program, committed to preparing young women to take a leading role in combating 21st century security challenges and seizing the opportunities for U.S. interests and values that abound.

The 12-month program for working professionals targets early career women, rather than mid- to senior-level women more regularly eligible for professional development programs in security. In doing so, the program hopes to begin building a stronger, more consistent pipeline of women leaders in security and foreign policy with a deep understanding of the issues and the tools required for professional success.

Applications for the 2017 Cohort are due by close of business on December 1, 2016. Early submissions are encouraged.

About the WiSe (Women in Security) Leadership Initiative
American Security Project’s WiSe Leadership Initiative provides professional women 35 and under with unique opportunities to build the expertise, skills, and network necessary to lead on key global issues as the next generation of policymakers and problem solvers.

The WiSe Initiative encourages and enables promising women leaders in cohorts of up to 20 to “build as they climb,” by focusing programming in three key areas over a 12-month period. Those areas are:

Expertise: Opportunities to publish work through ASP’s Flashpoint blog and Perspective Paper series; participate and lead select private, off-the-record ASP events with senior military and security leaders, policy makers, and scholars; and access to subject-specific Master Classes with senior ASP leaders. Participants will also have the opportunity to be featured as speakers at relevant ASP events.

Skills: Hone media and personal branding skills through training resources and participation in speaking engagements like the “What’s Next?” podcast; access to professional development programs built specifically for women including BossedUp Bootcamp and The Op-Ed Project.

Network: Program-specific events to build cohort relationships; exclusive access to senior leaders across ASP’s issue areas; staff and fellow salon series; and opportunities to collaborate with ASP’s extended network.

Additional benefits include early invitation to attend and priority access to speakers and stakeholders at ASP’s public event series; inclusion in select private, off-the-record events and briefings; and participation in ASP’s Adjunct Fellow Network – a regular resource for media inquiries.

To Apply

Eligibility Requirements:

The WiSe Leadership Initiative is open to women 35 and under with at least a bachelor’s degree and a demonstrated interested in foreign policy, security, or geopolitics. Priority will be given to applicants located in or with easy access to the Washington, D.C. area.

Application Requirements:
All applicants for the inaugural cohort should provide a resume and an essay not to exceed 500 words in response to the provided written response question to info(at)americansecurityproject.org. Please clearly indicate your field of interest/ expertise and date of birth in your application.

Applications for the 2017 Cohort are due by close of business on December 1, 2016. Early submissions are encouraged.

Written Response Question:

In 500 words or less, identify an issue you feel has the potential to be the next great security concern and discuss its potential impacts. The objective is to articulate a specific issue and its significance in the long term (20 years). The objective is not to layout a comprehensive national security strategy addressing a vast array of issues. Answers may be in the form of a briefing memo or essay.

For more info see http://www.americansecurityproject.org/wiseprogram/
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