Join the 2020 Wheelhouse Women Cohort!

Now, more than ever, the world needs visionary women leaders. The world needs you.

To address inequality and injustice, women around the globe are re-asserting our power to lead across climate and environment. Successful leadership requires skills, confidence, and support. That is what Wheelhouse Institute provides.

As an emerging leader, you have an opportunity to define the future. Leaders are often in undefined fields because they have carved out a unique niche. We understand that leadership is a characteristic not a job, and Wheelhouse is designed to support you as a leader.

Wheelhouse programming focuses on skill-sharing, peer-to-peer mentoring, and network building. Your year as a Wheelhouse Women will help you identify your skills, gain knowledge and connections to expand your leadership success, and provide a long-term network of influential and inspirational women leaders.

The 8-woman 2020 Wheelhouse Women Cohort will be selected based on diversity, ability to engage, desire to share and benefit from unique skills, and passion to create a culture shift towards interdisciplinary leadership. We hope to be able to support a geographically diverse group as well, based on funding availability.

Eligibility Requirements

To join the 2020 Wheelhouse Women Cohort, you must:

  • Identify as a woman

  • Be able to attend all in person gatherings and group meetings from April 2020 to April 2021

  • Be generous with skills and excited to learn and network

  • Be self-motivated and proactive

  • Interested in science, art, communication, justice

  • Excited to foster a change in the culture of women’s leadership

2020 Cohort Activities & Milestone Dates

Wheelhouse Women Cohort participants will meet in Big Sky, Montana, twice during 2020/21. Roughly every other month, the cohort will have an all-group online meeting. One-on-one conversations will take place monthly. As a Wheelhouse Women Cohort member, you will be able to use the cohort as your personal leadership team to evolve projects, individually and collaboratively.

Your commitment to attend all in-person and online meetings is required.
Please do not apply if you cannot make this commitment.


In-person workshop #1: May 14-17, 2020 in Big Sky, Montana
In-person workshop #2: January 7-10, 2021 in Big Sky, Montana
Travel, food, and accommodations may be provided for both in-person workshops, dependent on individual needs and WHI fundraising.

Group online meeting dates:
All group meetings are 2 hours long, with a start time at 4pm PT/5pm MT/6pm CT/7pm ET.
April 6, 2020
June 1, 2020
August 3, 2020
September 21, 2020
November 9, 2020
December 14, 2020
February 1, 2021
March 15, 2021

Additional Required Participation Effort

  • Monthly 1-hour 1-on-1 with another cohort member: June 2020 - March 2021

  • Complete 4 WHI surveys (first in March 2020, last in April 2021)

  • Prepare a skill sharing activity (1 hour length) for both in-person workshops

  • Prepare to workshop at least one project during a monthly online meeting and at each in-person workshop

Application Timeline

Applications available: May 1, 2019
Applications due: October 1, 2019
Cohort selection announced: November 1, 2019

Application Questions

Where is your home base (where you will travel from during the cohort year)?

Leaders are often in undefined fields because they have carved out a unique niche. We understand that leadership is a characteristic not a job. Describe an experience when you felt like a leader. What motivated you to lead in that moment? (250 word max)

Looking to the future, what kind of impact do you think you will create? What excites you about changing/shaping women’s leadership in arts, science, and communication as it relates to climate, environment, and justice? (250 word max)

How will you benefit from connections with women across science, art, and communication? (100 word max)

What unique skills do you use that set you apart even in complex interdisciplinary fields? These might range from cultural background or personality to professional expertise. (50 word max)

Wheelhouse Institute asks cohort members to show up with full energy and enthusiastic engagement throughout the year. How do you plan on prioritizing this commitment of time and energy? (50 word max)

How do you contribute to diverse leadership? What makes you unique? (50 words max)

Briefly describe the top five experiences that you think contribute to your leadership potential.

Work sample - please provide up to 3 pages of writing, art, communication, data visualization, research notes, something that shows us your unique skills. You may also include a link to your personal website.

Do you need support for travel expenses for in-person workshops?
Your need for support does not detract from your application. We take seriously the need to support participants and fundraising focuses on making the cohort program accessible to all.

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