Equality Leaders for the 21st Century: Women’s Learning Retreat

The Human Rights Campaign believes that women are key to our success as a civil rights organization and the LGBT movement’s ability to win equality for all. We also believe that we can and must reflect the diverse communities in which we live and work. That’s why HRC is excited to offer the Women & Leadership: Equality Leaders for the 21st Century.

The purpose of the program is to

  • Develop HRC leaders committed to enhance/strengthen their own personal leadership skills
  • Cultivate talented, high performers to take on positions of increased leadership responsibility with HRC
  • Provide support to courageous leaders for social change, who will play a critical role at HRC in breaking through the many barriers to securing equality for everyone, everywhere.

The core of the program consists of an intensive four-day transformational leadership learning retreat with 24 women from January 22-25, 2015, in Washington, DC.

As a participant, you will:

  • Strengthen your ability to stand in your vision (individually and collectively as a part of a team) as a passionate, genuine leader
  • Increase your capacity to influence people through more effective communication and to give and to receive powerful feedback
  • To be able to lead resourcefully, increase your awareness of women's unique approach to leadership and understand the impact of gender bias through the intersections of sexuality, power, race, ethnicity, gender identity & expression, and class
  • Develop a higher skill set regarding cultural competence, cross-cultural communication, and breaking through the internalized voice of oppression that inhibits your leadership as a woman
  • Leave feeling renewed, and ready to serve as impactful leader for HRC.

Interested in Being Considered?  If you are interested in participating in this program, please contact a local member of HRC’s Board of Governors or Directors well in advance of October 3, 2014. 

Local Nomination.  By October 3, the local members of HRC’s Board of Directors and Governors will share with Hyacinth Alvaran, HRC Senior Diversity Program Manager, the names of prospective candidates for this program. These names can be emailed to The board members will consider the following qualifications in determining who to nominate and when:

  • Dedicated to equality for LGBT people and supporting HRC’s mission as an integral part of HRC’s local steering committee 
  • Serving currently as a high-performing HRC volunteer leader and demonstrating a track record of success with regards to providing leadership and working collaboratively with other HRC volunteer leaders and staff  Committed to taking on significant leadership roles with increased responsibility within HRC’s steering committee and boards over the years to come
  • Demonstrated commitment and openness  to continuing to  develop their personal leadership skills
  • Past participation in the Equality Convention or Leadership Institute.

Certification of Qualification.  After each nominee is certified that they have met the qualifications required for participation, they will be invited by HRC’s board members to apply. 

Application.  Nominees who have been invited to apply this year will be sent the application form.  Completed applications, including a letter of recommendation from their local board leadership team, are due no later than October 31, 2014.

Selection for 2015 or 2016.  A small group of HRC board members who are past participants of this program will select the 24-particpants for 2015 from the qualified applications received. Due to the limited number of slots available, some applicants may be placed in the 2016 cohort – and serve as alternates for 2015, should there be cancellations.

Notification.  The selected participants will be notified by mid-November 2014.

Questions?  If you have additional questions, please contact Hyacinth Alvaran, HRC Senior Diversity Program Manager, at

The Facilitators

Leslie Sholl JaffeLeslie Sholl Jaffe 

Leslie Sholl Jaffe has over 25 years of experience in consulting and training as well as 6 years as the Executive Director of two non-profit organizations. Leslie manages whole system change, helping to unleash the full passion and potential of all stakeholders to unite in accomplishing their mission and goals. Her expertise is in leadership development, training design and facilitation, coaching for personal and professional development, and meeting facilitation. Her work with organizational effectiveness is deeply rooted in her commitment to helping individuals and organizations maximize their potential.


Eva YoungEva Young

Eva Young is an Organization Development (OD) Practitioner who designs and delivers strategic interventions to organizations interested in creating high performing, inclusive and culturally effective workplaces. Building on 18 years of experience, Eva helps achieve long-term, sustainable change by working at all levels of an organization. As a coach, she supports leaders and individuals in discovering a greater number of choices for action and possibilities as they aim for new results in their personal and professional lives. Eva is also the founder of La Trenza Leadership Network, a transformative initiative to develop the capabilities of young Latinas to change the leadership landscape of the 21st century.