A Fellowship for young women on their way

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., Puerto Rico and Canada to effect global progress, invest in their communities and begin their leadership journeys as the next generation of leaders. Here’s how it works:


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


Learn from inspiring women leaders from around the world and participate in Vital Voices’ signature leadership model training program. Attend the HERlead Leadership Forum and become eligible to win a HERlead Grant to put your ideas into action.


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


The HERlead Fellowship Application will open January 15, and close March 11. The 2018 Leadership Forum will take place June 26-29, 2018 in New York City.


We are searching the country for young women leaders who are committed to reshaping the world and making positive and sustainable change. We will select 30 applicants to be the 2018 Fellows. If you are selected, you will join an elite group of rising stars, where you will be given the skills, tools and training needed to realize your full leadership potential.

• Participate in the HERlead Leadership Forum, a four-day leadership training program in New York City, from June 26-29, 2018.
• Obtain skills and networks to take on leadership roles in your schools and companies.
• Be mentored by global women leaders who are part of the Vital Voices Global Leadership Network, as well as ANN INC. Representatives.

For more information, an Overview of the Program, a Sample Application, Grant Information and HERlead Social Media Tips, see the HERlead TOOL KIT.

After completing the leadership training program, you will return to your community and have the opportunity to use what you learned at the Forum to create a project that will effect change. You are also eligible to receive a HERlead Grant that will further help you turn 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 must have a proven track record in your academic work and interest in extracurricular activities. Are you up for the challenge?


For questions about the application, please see APPLICATION FAQS