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Leadership Academy

This Intensive leadership training program teaches attorneys to develop meaningful and practical leadership skills for use in law practice, community, and life. Participants will hear from a number of high-profile women leaders in the Georgia legal community, including a panel discussion with a number of past GAWL presidents, and will engage in team-building, coaching, and mentoring exercises.

“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, Vice President, GAWL Leadership Committee

The program consists of five main sessions throughout the year and several supplemental sessions, including three overnight sessions (may require in-state travel) and two one day sessions (in Atlanta). Past locations for Leadership Academy overnight sessions are The Ritz Carlton Lodge at Reynolds Plantation, Chateau Elan, and Brasstown Valley Resort and Spa in North Georgia.

The Leadership Academy is open to all Georgia female attorneys who have been practicing for 5 years or more. 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 application for the current Leadership Academy is open now until December 8, 2023. CLICK HERE TO APPLY.

For additional information or with any questions, please contact the GAWL Leadership Committee at     



“I applied to the GAWL Leadership Academy in the hopes of finding a way to better balance work, family, and giving back to my community. The Academy gave me the opportunity and tools I needed to focus on what I really want out of my career and what kind of leader I want to be.” 

~Ave Mince-Didier, 2015 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

“The GAWL Leadership Academy will always be near and dear to me. I learned so much and have established lifelong friendships. The retreats were well planned, challenging at times, but fun and enjoyable. We had the pleasure of meeting a number of trailblazing women, including several judges and Patrise Perkins-Hooker, the first African American State Bar president. My most memorable moment was the presentation of Ekene Onu who left us with a quote worth mentioning – “You can’t discover the ocean if you are not willing to lose sight of the shore.” Powerful. The entire program was amazing!”  

~Latrevia Kates Johnson, 2015 Leadership Academy Participant