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Growth in Leadership for Women


Growth in Leadership for women (glow)                                                       

ACT-IAC's Growth in Leadership for Women is a four month program that will provide the opportunity for women in government IT to grow their leadership skills, network with a diverse array of peers, share unique experiences, and help one another succeed. GLOW aims to create an environment for women leaders to thrive, enhance effectiveness, and increase impact with a focus on power and collaboration. The program will be composed of a cohort of women across ACT-IAC member companies and agencies. Applications for the Spring 2022 cohort will open mid-October 2021, and the Summer session in mid-February 2022.   


4 Core Interactive Sessions

  • Introduction to Women’s Leadership
    • Why we come together as women
    • Recent research on the value of women’s leadership
    • Critical competencies for women
    • Becoming an embodied leader
    • Establishing the women’s leadership cohort
  • Finding the Leader Within
    • Leading from values
    • Getting beyond self-limiting beliefs
    • Applying emotional intelligence
    • Stepping into confidence
    • Finding your voice
  • Working With Others
    • Establishing and strengthening trust
    • Ensuring effective communications
    • Leveraging collaboration
    • Leading in an agile environment
    • Managing conflict
  • Navigating the Organization
    • Maximizing effective use of power
    • Managing organizational politics for positive impact
    • Strengthening and leveraging your network
    • Roles of coaching, mentoring and sponsorship
    • Managing your career

3 Group Coaching Circles

  • Facilitated small (6-10) group sessions take place in between the core interactive sessions to provide a forum to receive peer coaching on opportunities or challenges the participants are facing as they implement the lessons learned from the sessions.  Coaching circles are based on the premise that much can be learned from the wisdom and experience in the room. 
  • Includes one final large group Session to recap program and plans moving forward

2 Assessments

  • EQ-i: Widely used to measure emotional and social intelligence
  • TKI: Explores conflict-handling behavior including overused and underused conflict style

Applicant Demographics

  • Women working in the Government IT industry (management, technical, acquisition, administration, etc.) with 10-25+ years of experience. 
  • Mid-level to Senior professionals, Program Manager to Director on the industry side, GS-13 to GS-15 on government side
  • Cohort size:  15-20 participants
  • All applicants must be ACT-IAC members in good standing

Program Cost

  • $4495 for Industry
  • $3995 for Government

Program Trainers


Class sizes are limited, and if necessary, there will be a waitlist created for upcoming and future classes.
Multiple applicants from a single member company will be allowed only if the cohort is not fully subscribed.
SPRING SESSION 2022 will OPEN mid-October 2021 and REMAIN OPEN until FULL.  Do not wait!
 Notifications for acceptance into the Spring 2022 Cohort will be provided no later than December 15, 2021.


“I enjoy the bonding with and learning from fellow female leaders and our coaches, understanding similar challenges, and continuing to unlock and discover my leadership potential and goals” – Industry participant

“I enjoy being able to connect with women inside and outside of government who are working in the IT space. It has been great to hear about and learn from their experiences and their approaches to their careers.”
 – Government participant

 “The content being presented is extremely relevant and the opportunity to network with such a wonderful group of women in various stages of their careers has been invaluable as I continue to develop my leadership skills.”
– Industry participant

“The GLOW program allows a diverse group of women leaders to build on professional skills and network to humanize technology in our respective areas.” – Government participant

 “The GLOW Program is helping me to learn more about effective leadership models and characteristics, to discover areas for personal improvement, to understand where my natural blind spots likely are, and also to appreciate the situational nature of some aspects of leadership that ultimately requires adaptability and flexibility.” – Industry participant

“GLOW has been an invaluable experience and has allowed me to learn from my female peers across the IT space. The open forum and gratifying training sessions have helped me grow in my role, recognize areas of
improvement, and is frankly a breath of fresh air in a chaotic world.”
– Government participant

 “The GLOW Program has been a wonderful experience! It has provided a forum to share experiences, learn from other women in similar fields, and expand my network. It has also given me an opportunity to reflect on my
leadership style and provide additional tools to help me grow as a leader.”
– Industry participant

 “I enjoy all the conversations and group discussions in this GLOW program.  The experiences from other women have shown me how to view things from different perspectives, look beyond my horizon, step out of my comfort zone, and not be afraid of failure. – Government participant

 “The well-structured coaching sessions provide me the opportunity to assess my potential and capabilities from multiple dimensions. The constructive conversations with other industry female leaders offer me various and
valuable perspectives for the challenges I face in my career. It is indeed a privilege to join the inaugural class of the GLOW.”
  – Industry participant

“The GLOW program has allowed me the opportunity to connect with a diverse group of women leaders, reflect on lessons learned from past experiences and provide me the tools to tune my leadership skills as I continue to
develop them within my department.”
– Government participant

“Through the GLOW program I have met many outstanding strong women in both industry and government, learned from both the instructors and my fellow classmates, and had the opportunity to reflect on ways to enhance my leadership style and abilities.” – Industry participant

“I am enjoying learning and hearing form other women in the group.  The program is giving me the insight of what I need to grow and flourish as leader.  I highly recommend this course to anyone interested in continuation of growth and learning.”  – Government participant

“The GLOW program has offered a great opportunity to sharpen my leadership skills, tune them for the challenges we face in today's environment, and grow my network of women leaders from government and industry.”
– Industry participant

Events and Forums

Tuesday, August 3, 2021 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Wednesday, August 18, 2021 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Wednesday, October 6, 2021 - 8:00am to 2:00pm


Tuesday, September 14, 2021 - 12:00pm to Wednesday, September 15, 2021 - 5:00pm

Sunday, November 7, 2021 - 7:00am to Tuesday, November 9, 2021 - 5:00pm

Sunday, May 22, 2022 - 8:00am to Tuesday, May 24, 2022 - 5:00pm

Sunday, October 23, 2022 - 12:15pm to Tuesday, October 25, 2022 - 4:00pm

COI Meetings

Tuesday, August 17, 2021 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Tuesday, September 14, 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Thursday, September 16, 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Friday, September 17, 2021 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

Tuesday, September 21, 2021 - 10:00am to 11:30am