The Women’s Leadership Fellows program is a selective cohort of women currently enrolled at the Trachtenberg School who meet monthly to build leadership and community through skills-based workshops, a mentoring program, and networking events. Monthly sessions are led by vetted trainers who volunteer their time and expertise to focus on negotiation, conflict resolution, verbal and nonverbal communication, and management skills.
Trachtenberg School alumnae, including previous Women’s Leadership Fellows, serve as mentors to current participants. Mentors provide fellows with coaching and professional development support. Women’s Leadership Fellows also have the opportunity to network with current and past fellows, George Washington University alumni, and other professionals.
The women are chosen by a panel of Trachtenberg School faculty, staff, and students after a competitive application process. Two student co-chairs coordinate the planning and logistics of the program in partnership with the Trachtenberg School Administration.
The Trachtenberg School’s Women’s Leadership Fellows Program prepares high-potential women to be successful public service leaders through professional development, mentorship, and networking.
Do you identify as a woman in the MPA, MPP, or Environmental Resource Policy program? Would you like to be part of a selective nine-month leadership program? Applications are accepted at the beginning of each fall semester for the Trachtenberg School’s Women’s Leadership Fellows Program.
Nazeefa Hossain is a second-year Master of Public Administration student with a focus on managing community partnerships. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in English from John Jay College of Criminal Justice. She is passionate about serving survivors of violence. Her focus is to collaborate with law enforcement to improve their methods when working with survivors. During her free time, she enjoys reading, writing, watching movies, traveling to new places and is always eager to learn.
Olivia Shaffett is a second-year Master of Public Administration student. She graduated magna cum laude from Louisiana State University with a bachelor’s degree in history. While living in Louisiana, she created an editorial platform, Modern Girls, to support and feature women in business, the arts and the non-profit sector. Her advocacy work includes volunteering for Baton Rouge STAR (Sexual Trauma Awareness and Response) and Planned Parenthood Young Leaders in Action. Olivia is interested in creating and implementing policy that will establish protections and produce further access to resources for survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence. When she’s not studying, she enjoys exploring the many local bookstores, comedy clubs and museums that D.C. has to offer.
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Rachel Silver packed her bags for Washington D.C. where she is now a second-year Masters of Public Administration student eager to learn all sectors of the field. She graduated from Purdue University with a bachelor’s degree in English and double minor in political science and human rights. She was inspired to obtain her MPA in London, where she interned with a non-profit that worked with domestic violence survivors and a Member of Parliament to help establish more effective law enforcement protocols for reporting. Since moving to D.C., she’s interned at the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Amtrak’s Office of the Inspector General. Rachel uses her free time to read fiction, take late night walks to the Lincoln Memorial, and have a drink with friends at Tonic.