Student Cohort Application

NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS for the 2023-2024 WLI Cohort Program, a select circle of future resilient leaders, just for MSU Undergraduate.


What you will take away by being a member

  • Participation in meaningful conversations with experienced and successful women leaders from diverse backgrounds
  • Experience building a professional network
  • Opportunity to be mentored by colleagues, WLI Executive Board members, and Alumnea
  • Involvement with a custom curriculum designed to provide encouragement and practical advice for a leadership journey
  • Exclusive scholarship opportunities


Joining the cohort has empowered me to believe in myself and gain confidence in my purpose. Throughout the different sessions I've learned the vitality of accepting my authentic self and using setbacks as a motivation and opportunities for growth.

Stephanie Segura-Guerrero



To be considered for the Women’s Leadership Institute cohort, a student must:

  • Be a currently enrolled Michigan State University student
  • Be considered in good academic standing
  • Complete the full student application

Commit to the following:

  • Attend keynote events during the fall semester and spring semester
  • Attend virtual cluster conversations and in-person workshops scheduled throughout the year
  • Produce and present of a learning portfolio



How to Apply

Complete the steps below and submit all materials to Amanda Guinot Talbot, PhD at


Step 1. Complete Application Form

Download and fill out the PDF application. Do not leave any fields blank. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.



Step 2. Statement of Interest

Provide a 500 word, typed, double-spaced statement of your interest in the Women’s Leadership Institute. Include your name and MSU email address at the top of your statement. This statement should include the following:

  1. The rationale for wanting to be part of the WLI.

  2. Describe one thing you are interested in learning or one area of growth you would like to see for yourself.


Step 3. Professional headshot

Headshot can be a photo taken by phone.


Step 4. Current Resume/CV

For help with your resume/CV, please visit the MSU Career Services Network at


Important (Please Read)

Students accepted to the Women’s Leadership Institute 2023-2024 cohort will be required to submit a letter of acceptance acknowledging the commitment they are making to the institute. The letter will be submitted to Dr. Guinot Talbot ( and the WLI Executive Board.

Friday, September 8th by 5:00 p.m.