Leadership Academy

The Leadership Academy is open to GAWL members who graduated from law school during or before 2011 and are looking for an opportunity to develop valuable leadership skills to become an effective leader at work and in the community. You do not have to be a GAWL member to apply to the Leadership Academy, but you do have to be a GAWL member to attend.

The Leadership Academy offers Intensive leadership training where you will learn and develop meaningful and practical leadership skills for use in your practice, your community, and your life.  Through the Leadership Academy, participants will also have the opportunity to interact and develop new professional relationships with other key leaders within the Bar and the State, including judges, politicians, and attorneys.

The Academy takes place over four monthly sessions from January through April. The 2017 overnight locations were held at The Ritz Carlton Lodge at Reynolds Plantation and Chateau Elan, as well as two all-day weekday sessions in Atlanta.

How Do I Apply? We accept applications once a year. While the application period for the 2018 Leadership Academy has closed, we will announce the application for the 2019 Leadership Academy once available - late next summer or early fall. For additional information, please contact gawl.leadership@gmail.com.


“Through GAWL’s Leadership Academy we will continue to foster an environment where women can grow and develop professionally and personally. We look forward to another year of successful, inspiring, motivating, and intellectually stimulating sessions!"

~ Michelle West, GAWL President


“The GAWL Leadership Academy gave me the space and tools I needed to reflect on my goals and develop a plan to achieve them.  It was a real luxury to just focus on myself and to be surrounded by so many inspiring and encouraging women!  It was worth every penny and I would recommend it to anyone that it is interested! “ 

~ Meeta Dama, 2016 Leadership Academy Participant

“I work in-house for county government. I joined the GAWL Leadership Academy to learn the tools and techniques to move my career forward and to enhance my network. But this program has offered so much more. I had an opportunity to reflect on my strengths, my true desires and how to capitalize on them in my professional life. I also made lifelong friendships. I could not have asked for anything more.”

~ Shalanda Miller, 2015 Leadership Academy Participant

Leadership Academy Alumni

2008 Class

Catherine Acree
Janet Bozeman
Catherine Coppedge
Stephanie Crosse
Jeanine Garvie
Sherry Goodrum
Dana Grantham
Tracey Hawkins
Holly Hempel
Elisa Kodish
Amy Kolczak
Cristina Leon
LaRae Moore
Kelli Wolk
Heather Wright 

2012 Class

Kathleen Connell
Karyl Davis
Lori Gelchion
Anne Jarrell
Jill Johnson
Kyla Lines
Petrina McDaniel
Kelly McMichael
Marcia Moran
Angela Riccetti
Rebecca Rieder
Jessica Rock
Sherry Streicker
Aimee Todd

2009 Class

Precious Anderson-Scott
Eleanor Attwood
Veronica Brinson
Kristin Brooks
Alyson Harter
Veronica Higgs Cope
Cassandra Kirk
Rhonda Kreuziger
Cindy Manning
Andraya Mimms
Wendy Owens
Elena Parent
Kathleen Simcoe
Julie Wade
Mialeeka Williams
Jennifer Wolak

2014 Class

Jennifer Collins
Jaime Duguay
Bethaney Embry
Tina Folsom
Jennifer Giles
Cindy Gunnemann
Cynthia Hodge
Michelle Koufman
Lauren Marlow
Rebecca McFadyen
Patricia McKenzie
Kim Minicozzi
Laura Rashidi-Yazd
Allison Stiles
Paige Whitaker
April Williams

2010 Class

Virginia Bogue
Lori Duff
Barbara Ellenberg
Monica Garcia
Ingrid Hackett
Monica Hanrahan
Sophia Haynes
Shukura Ingram
Priya Lakhi
Kellyn McGee
Katrina Quicker
Jennifer Sawyer
Anne-Marie Shipe
Lindsay Verity
Gretchen Wagner
R. Wall

2011 Class

LaRoya Chester Jennings
Kimberly Childs
Tracy Haff
Heather Havette
Donna Hix
Jana Korhonen
Andrea McGee
Sarah McIlrath
Cynthia Parks
Rachel Platt
Alison Prout
Elizabeth Robertson
Rebecca Shanlever
Rebecca Smith
Teri Walker
Michelle West