The HERlead Fellowship is a groundbreaking partnership between ANN INC., the parent company of Ann Taylor, LOFT and Lou & Grey, and Vital Voices to empower young women from across the U.S. to affect global progress, invest in their communities, and begin their journeys as the next generation of leaders.

Here's how it works

What it is:

A fellowship to provide leadership training to young women, empowering them to become the next generation of global trailblazers.

Why participate:

Learn from inspiring women leaders from around the world and participate in Vital Voices’ signature leadership model training. Attend the HERlead Fellowship. Be eligible to win a grant to put your ideas into action.

Who should apply:

Girls who are in the 10th or 11th grade at a high school in the United States, Puerto Rico or Canada.

Dates + deadlines

Apply below by Saturday, March 18th at 11:59 PM EST. Fellowships will be announced in April. The 2017 Leadership Forum will take place June 19-22, 2017.


From now until March 18th, we are searching the country for young women who are committed to reshaping the world for positive and sustainable change.

We will select 30, 10th and 11th graders to be our 2017 HERlead Fellows. If you are selected, you will join an elite group of rising stars, providing you with the skills, tools and training needed to realize your full leadership potential.

As a HERlead Fellow, YOU will:

  • Participate in the HERlead Leadership Forum, a four-day leadership training in New York City from June 19-22, 2017.
  • Obtain skills and networks to take on leadership roles in your schools and communities.
  • Be mentored by global women leaders who are part of the Vital Voices Global Leadership Network, as well as executives from ANN INC.

For more information, please see the HERlead TOOLKIT HERE to see an overview of the program, a sample application, Grant Information, and HERlead Social Media Tips. 

After completing the leadership training program, you will have the opportunity to go back to your community and create a project that will affect change, using all that you learned at the Forum to implement your idea. You will also be eligible later in the year to win project grants that will help put your ideas into action.

To be considered, you must demonstrate a strong commitment to leadership and potential for creating innovative solutions to problems in your community. You should also have a proven track record in your academic work and interest in extracurricular activities. Are you up for the challenge?

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