Learn how to bring your authentic self into the world as you begin your journey of leadership. AWAKENING LEADERSHIP will shift your assumptions and let you start high school knowing that a leader is a lot more than the head of a club or captain of a team. Quiet or bold, the best leaders tap into their passions to energize people and ideas, whether they are at home, at school or out in their communities.

AWAKENING LEADERSHIP is a five-day program that offers engaging workshops, visits with young women leaders and group connections. Make new friends and develop a lasting community of peers to support you in applying the skills you will learn.


Awakening Leadership is from August 12-16, 2019 is open to:

  • Young women entering grade 9 in September 2019

  • Applicants who can commit to attend all days of the program

 FEES: $850 (per session)

  • Fee includes breakfast and lunch for all program days

  • All participants receive an EFLI certificate of completion at the close of the program

  • An inability to pay should not be a deterrent for interested and committed candidates. Financial aid and/or payment plan options are available.

  • Fees are heavily subsidized for all participants by the Eileen Fisher Community Foundation. Actual costs of running the program are over $2,000 per participant. Please consider a donation to the Eileen Fisher Community Foundation.  

APPLICATION PROCESS: Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, following the deadlines outlined below. Applicants will be contacted for interviews within two weeks of the nearest application deadline. Accepted participants are expected to attend all program days, as well as retreats, field trips and a closing ceremony on the final day of the program. We encourage interested applicants to submit applications early to have a higher probability of acceptance into programs.