Young Women’s Leadership Retreat

The NeW Young Women’s Leadership Retreat prepares and inspires young women to be effective leaders as they face the cultural and political landscapes of their college campuses. Attendees hear from a variety of speakers and connect with NeW Alumnae, mentors, and peers. The students selected to attend the Retreat will develop skills to help them thrive academically and personally, all while having fun and building friendships with other talented and motivated women in the NeW network.

2017 Young Women's Leadership Retreat

The third annual Young Women’s Leadership Retreat will be held from July 13 to July 16, 2017 at Randolph-Macon College in historic Ashland, Virginia. This application-only leadership program will bring together conservative, leadership-focused college women (incoming and current) from across the country to attend.

Priority registration ends March 1, 2017. Read the official rules here.
Submit Your Application

For more information about the Retreat, please contact Kendall Wolfson, Director of Operations, at [email protected].

The Young Women’s Leadership Retreat offers two tracks: one for rising college freshmen and another for upperclassmen (sophomores through seniors). Both tracks include tailored workshops to meet the distinct challenges each group experiences on campus. The two tracks merge at points during the Retreat for panel discussions, leadership training, and team building events.

Sessions will address issues like equal pay, health care, and conservative activism. Additionally, students will participate in public speaking and debate workshops, and learn to develop their networking and interviewing skills.

2016 Young Women’s Leadership Retreat

Featured Speakers

Karin Agness
Founder and President, NeW
Jackee Gonzalez
Candidate for U.S. Congress
Eliana Johnson
Washington Editor, National Review
Megan Lacy
Counsel, Senator Chuck Grassley
Ashe Schow
Washington Examiner columnist
Katie Smith
Firm Administration and Marketing Assistant, Smith and Strong, PLC
W. Bradford Wilcox
Director, National Marriage Project, University of Virginia
Jonathan Wolfson
Litigation Attorney, McGuireWoods
Kendall Wolfson
Director of Operations, NeW

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“I learned a different perspective than the one that’s all around me. I can now participate effectively in discourse about certain issues because I know both sides.” 

Anuska Corbin, Cornell University

“I learned why I stand where I do politically, which has better prepared me to defend my beliefs on campus.” 

Macy Wilbanks, University of Georgia


“I learned that I’m not alone in my views and I shouldn’t be ashamed of what I believe.” 

Caroline Donlon,  Miami University

“The most important thing I learned was about handling life and jobs after college. This conference encouraged me to network on campus.” 

Sydney North, University of Georgia

“I learned more about being conservative than I’ve ever known. The Retreat makes me want to question things more and learn about politics.” 

Melinda Dixon, Florida State University


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