Jobs, Scholarships and Professional Development

Check out the Wake Forest Scholars Program’s Scholarships for Women resource page for information on scholarships offered for women.

Lead for America info at

From Lead for America:

With a national political climate plagued by gridlock and polarization, it is up to local communities to guide the American people toward a better future. Yet in order for grassroots transformation to occur, the country desperately needs more youth to choose a life of civic service.

A 2018 Human Capital Survey revealed that 84% of millennials consider it their duty to make the world a better place, yet each year millions of college graduates are funneled into a small handful of large cities doing work that often promotes individual self-advancement over contribution to community. Meanwhile, local institutions across the country are desperate for new leadership and ideas: in 2006 only 13% of all professional city, county, and town managers were under 40 years old and only 1% were 30 or younger. Today, 30-40% of local government employees are currently eligible for retirement.

Introducing Lead for America

We believe that a single visionary leader rooted in humility can change a community. Many working together can transform our country.

Lead for America bridges the divide between local governments and aspiring young leaders by recruiting, training and placing talented and diverse college graduates in local government positions nationwide for a paid two-year fellowship. We look to the local because this is where we are raised, shaped, and cared for. We look to government because it creates the tools we can use to care for one another more strongly.

Over the course of the two years, LFA Fellows will gain a new perspective and appreciation for local government, understand the most pressing issues facing our communities, be equipped with tools to enact communal and systemic change, establish relationships with partner universities and organizations, and gain opportunities to engage with a growing alumni network of passionate leaders, who together will continue to serve as transformational public service leaders in communities across the nation.

Lead for America’s inaugural year will place 40 Fellows in communities across North Carolina and 10 Hometown Fellows across the country.

For College Seniors

To receive more information about the Lead for America fellowship and whether it is right for you, fill out our Fellow Registration Form.

To Join the Movement

To learn more about how you can get involved in Lead for America outside of the fellowship, fill out our Supporter Form. If you are interested in applying to be on the LFA Student Advisory Board, fill out our LFA Student Advisory Board Registration Form.


Application deadline extended to Sept. 23, 2018


Don’t miss your chance to attend!

The deadline to apply for the College to Business Leadership Conference and College Fast Track to Finance Conference is Sunday, September 16 — apply before time runs out!

Join us for these free one-day events designed to hone your leadership skills, expand your network, and explore a multitude of career options ahead of you.


College to Business Leadership Conference

New York, NY
Host: Credit SuisseWhether you’re a liberal arts, communications, engineering or science major, you’ll need business skills regardless of the career path you choose. Get a jump-start on your career by strengthening your resumé with us.

Application deadline September 16

College to Business Leadership Conference

Take Your Leadership to the Next Level 
A personal brand pitch workshop by Great on the Job. This session will guide you through a high-impact, hands-on program that will help you synthesize your experiences, whip your personal brand into shape, and craft a compelling personal pitch.

Secrets to Scoring the Perfect Summer Internship
Successful businesswomen and recent grads will provide tips, based on their own experiences, for finding the internship that’s right for you, preparing your resume, interviewing successfully and knowing what to expect once you land that coveted summer internship.

Marketplace Business Simulation
Your team enters a virtual international business setting as the managers of a start-up company. You will have the opportunity to build your company, experiment with business strategies and experience all aspects of business management.

Company & Graduate School Expo
Learn more about the great companies and MBA schools that have sponsored this conference. Be ready to ask questions about the skills required to be successful and to learn about the opportunities that you may have never considered.

Check out the full agenda.


College Fast Track to Finance Conference

Boston, MA
Host: Federal Reserve Bank of BostonExplore cool careers in finance. Corporate Finance and Investment Management to name a couple! Gain practical career advice and meet women financial leaders from top firms who will share how they launched an exciting career in financial services.

Application deadline September 16

College Fast Track to Finance Conference

Perfect Your Pitch
Do you know how to make people love you right off the batin a networking or interviewing context? Whip your personal pitch into shape and get the tools and strategies you need to make positive first impressions and build meaningful relationships.

Investment Management: Portfolio Simulation & Business Finance: Co-Pilot to the Business Simulation
The afternoon will be spent diving into two business simulations. A hands on opportunity to tackle cases you would see in key financial services roles. A corporate finance case will be facilitated by Dow and an investment management portfolio simulation will be facilitated by PIMCO. Work in small teams lead by a professional coach, tackle the case, receive feedback and learn by doing!

Recruiting in Finance Roundtables
Learn tips and strategies on preparing for interviews and internships during our hot topic round tables featuring women in various finance roles. You’ll gain insights on a “day in the life” of an entry-level employee and have your questions answered by role models from several sponsor companies.

Career Networking with Corporate Representatives
Learn more about the great companies that have sponsored this conference. Be ready to ask questions about the skills required to be successful and to learn about the opportunities that you may have never considered.

Check out the full agenda.


Faculty, Grad Students & Post-Docs:

Academic Coaching & Writing offers free webinars to support professional development: publishing dissertation research, writing your first journal article, building an academic brand, getting in sync with your tenure clock, overcoming imposter syndrome. Check them out and sign up today to reserve your space. AcademicCoachingAndWriting.Org

Office of Diversity & Inclusion

As part of the Office of Diversity & Inclusion (ODI), the Women Center’s provides workshops to increase skills and capacity for our students, faculty, and staff to support women and promote gender equity. Here’s a glimpse of offerings from our ODI partner offices: 

Gatekeepers Workshops

In fall 2009, the Office of the Provost began to offer Gatekeepers Workshops in partnership with the Wake Forest Professional Development Center. A “gatekeeper” is any member of the Wake Forest community who represents the University through his or her interaction with students, faculty, staff, and other constituents.

Open to all Wake Forest alumni, faculty, staff, graduate and undergraduate students.  You must register to attend through the Professional Development Center, and attend session 1 to attend session 2.

Session 1: “Enhancing Our Community Through Inclusion”

Session 2: “Cross Cultural Conflict and Dialogue”

Session 3: “Contact Theory and Dialogue”

Session 4: “Unconscious Bias”

Safe Zone Training

The Safe Zone program is an in-depth, interactive presentation designed to educate Wake Forest faculty, staff, and students about the LGBTQ community. Anti-LGBTQ bias and prejudice affects all members of a community, and we all have the opportunity to work against it. Participants learn what it means to be an ally—a person who supports and stands up for the rights of LGBTQ people—as well as how to create a Safe Zone.

Allies who have completed the training program will be given a Safe Zone sticker, identifiable to the entire campus, which may be displayed on the ally’s door to designate it as a safe place for all members of the community.

Register for the program.

Check out current professional development opportunities for WFU faculty and staff at the PDC.