Women's Leadership Fellows


Lauren in front of a DC building lined with international flags and wearing official credentials

Lauren Perlik, MPA '21, former Women's Leadership Fellow

The Women’s Leadership Fellows program is a selective cohort of women currently enrolled at the Trachtenberg School.

The cohort meets 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.

Student co-chairs coordinate the planning and logistics of the program in partnership with the Trachtenberg School Administration.

Please direct questions about the program to [email protected].


Program Details


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.


  • Leverage individual strengths and core competencies for leadership success
  • Foster self-empowerment and confidence-building to close the leadership gap
  • Master critical professional skills to successfully navigate workplace complexities
  • Connect dynamic cohorts of women to build community capacity

Mentorship Focus

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 throughout the program.


How to Join

Do you identify as a woman in the Trachtenberg School's Master of Arts in Environmental Resource PolicyMaster of Public Administration or Master of Public 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.

Members of the cohort are chosen by the co-chairs after a competitive application process.

Applications for the 2022-23 academic year are now open. The deadline to apply is on Friday, September 2, 2022. Interested students can apply here.


Current Cohort Co-Chairs

Kelly Marx



Kelly Marx

Kelly Marx is a second-year Master of Public Administration student. She graduated from The George Washington University with a Bachelor's degree in Human Services and Social Justice, with minors in Sustainability and Organizational Communication. Kelly has volunteered a lot of her time working on gun violence prevention with March For Our Lives and Team Enough. Kelly also has worked for both federal and state officials, in office and on election campaigns, to elect leaders who will enact bold, progressive change. In her free time, Kelly can be found at a coffee shop or political event around DC.




Georgie Pierre

Georgie is a second-year MPA candidate at TSPPA with a bachelor degree in Diplomacy and International Relations. Her expertise is concentrated in international development Management; she has been working with development projects for the past 9 years in her home country, Haiti. She is passionate about women’s rights, social justice, governance and sustainability in the practice of public administration. After the completion of her program at TSPPPA, Georgie looks forward to using her new skills and knowledge to offer opportunities for social and economic advancement to underprivileged communities. During her free time, she enjoys reading, exercising, dancing, trying out new cuisines, or embarking on new adventures with family and friends.




Tatiana Ruiz

Tatiana Ruiz is a second-year Ph.D. Public Policy and Administration student specializing in Gender and Social Policy. She is passionate about gender equality, immigrants' rights, civil rights, and social justice. Currently, she works at the U.S. DOJ and is a research assistant at the Trachtenberg School. In the Spring of 2021, she graduated from GW as the 2020-2021 CCAS Distinguished Graduate Scholar with a Master's degree in Public Policy specializing in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. In 2019, she was selected as the Federal Sector Graduate Research Fellow at the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. In addition to working at the Justice Department and the EEOC, she has also interned at the League of United Latin American Citizens, the largest and oldest Hispanic and Latino civil rights organization in the U.S.

Skylar Wynn



Skylar Wynn

Skylar Wynn is a second-year Master of Public Policy student concentrating on racial equity, gender, and social policy. She currently works as a Research Program Associate at the Global Women’s Institute which specializes in researching gender-based violence. She works on several projects that focus on strengthening best practices for supporting survivors of gender-based violence (GBV), strengthening research equity on GBV in conflict-affected settings, and capacity building for gender and development professionals. She is passionate about addressing the unique needs of Black women and girls and the role and responsibility policy has in addressing inequality. Skylar received her bachelor’s degree with honors in Women’s Studies from Old Dominion University, where she was also the recipient of the Anita Clair Fellman Service-Learning Scholarship, the Carolyn Rhodes Undergraduate Scholarship, Women's Studies Student of the Year Award, and an International Research Award. She also currently serves on the Graduate Student Ambassador Program through the Columbian College of Arts & Sciences here at
GW and as a co-chair of the Minority Leadership Program, also based at Trachtenberg.

During her free time, Skylar enjoys serving as a volunteer at the National Museum of African American History and Culture, spending time with her family, friends, and her dogs, and exploring new places and cuisines.