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Critical to the success of the Broad College of Business in developing global transformational leaders is the advancement of women leaders. Thanks to a game-changing gift from a senior-level alumna, the Broad College has launched the Dashney Women’s Leadership Accelerator to provide select undergraduate students with experiential learning opportunities and coaching, preparing these DWLA Scholars to begin their professional lives with the ability and confidence to make an immediate impact. The DWLA Scholars opportunity is open to students of all genders.



The Accelerator’s long-term goal is to increase the number of Broad College alumnae in senior leadership and C-suite positions. In the short term, our focus is on equipping DWLA Scholars with the tools to navigate the transition from college to the business world prepared and eager to pursue leadership positions.


The Dashney Women’s Leadership Accelerator will propel its scholars on their leadership journey by building professional development skills combined with subject matter knowledge for success in career progression. Scholars will hone their skills through experiential individual and group opportunities.

The first cohort of Dashney Women's Leadership Accelerator with Interim Dean Judith Whipple, Helen Dashney, and Priya Balasubramaniam

What’s in the Accelerator for me?

If selected as a DWLA Scholar, you will benefit from one-on-one mentorship from the Accelerator’s director. Together, you will assess your leadership values, interests, abilities and areas for development, leading to a personal leadership development plan.

Programs led by the scholars, the director and/or guests will be offered in the areas of professional communication, effective negotiation, mentor and sponsor cultivation, balancing competing demands and capitalizing on challenges and setbacks.

The DWLA will serve as a trusted resource for new graduates as they transition into the professional world. These new graduates will then act as  mentors for current DWLA Scholars. As the number of DWLA graduates increases, continued programming based on their interests will be suggested.

What’s expected of DWLA Scholars?

As a DWLA Scholar, you will be expected to participate in the Accelerator’s programming. Unlike student organizations, DWLA  does not hold weekly meetings, but rather periodic workshops, speakers, etc.

As a DWLA Scholar, you will share your learning and experiences with others in the Broad College. In this way the impact of the Accelerator will be expanded. You will also participate in the recruitment and selection of future DWLA Scholars.

Meet DWLA Scholars

What credentials must I have and when can I apply to become a DWLA Scholar?

Applications will be open once each semester to undergraduate students of all genders who meet the following requirements:

  • Admitted to the Broad College
  • Attained junior status (specific graduation dates targeted each semester; applicants must have two full semesters remaining before graduation)
  • Academic success, as shown by having a minimum overall GPA of 3.2
  • College leadership experience in student organizations, student employment, community service, etc.
  • Prior or current enrollment in MGT 225: Women Leadership in Business is a plus, but not required

How does the application process work?

The DWLA uses a three-step application process with passage to each successive step contingent on top performance in the previous stage.

  • Step 1

    Complete application

  • Step 2

    Interview with the DWLA Director

  • Step 3

    Interview with DWLA Scholars

Upcoming Information Sessions

DWLA In The News

Students in the inaugural DWLA cohort gather at the program

New MSU program to champion leadership opportunities for women in business

  • MSU Today
Priya Balasubramanium (MBA ’01), vice president of operations at Apple

Alumna makes game-changing gift to MSU to propel women graduates into the C-suite

  • Broad College of Business News Room
New MSU program champions leadership opportunities for women in business

MSU establishes program to foster women leaders in business

  • MSU Today


Interested in becoming a DWLA Scholar? Learn more about the Accelerator by sending an email to DWLA Director Helen Dashney.

Broad Women in Business

A pile of MSU diplomas at a commencement ceremony.
Gleeson (B.A. Marketing ’87) will share life lessons and inspire graduates at the Breslin Center April 27.
14 Broad Spartan women students who make up the inaugural cohort of Dashney Women's Leadership Accelerator Scholars.
Priya Balasubramaniam has pledged a gift that will empower students through the Dashney Women’s Leadership Accelerator.
Irene Treter speaking at the Broad College of Business.
Broad alumna Irene Treter shares her insights on Dow’s evolution and how she climbed the corporate ladder.

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DWLA Scholars stand together and listen to someone speaking.