Member Leadership Programs

Leadership Training for AAUW Members

AAUW members are the foundation for everything AAUW does to empower women. And AAUW helps members themselves by offering formal training and opportunities for members to lead at the branch, state, and national levels. AAUW provides members with tools and resources to make them the best leaders they can be, offering everything from in-person workshops to online resources.

Training Tools for AAUW Leaders

Strong, skilled member leaders make AAUW more powerful, locally and globally. That’s why AAUW is building a comprehensive set of tools and trainings that will help member leaders be better advocates in their AAUW roles and beyond.

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Every two years, hundreds of women leaders from across the country gather for the AAUW National Convention. There, members meet up to exchange ideas and take advantage of dozens of workshops on leadership development, research, and the latest topics in women’s issues. See highlights from the 2013 convention and a preview of what’s to come in San Diego in 2015.

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In-person Trainings

Are you interested in having AAUW staff offer a training workshop at your state or branch meeting? Let us know! We offer in-person trainings on the following topics:

  • Recruitment
  • Volunteer management
  • Marketing
  • Designing engaging meetings
  • Running programming



AAUW hosts webinars for members who are interested in leading trainings for states or branches. Sign up for an upcoming webinar today:

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Leader Essentials

AAUW offers an online collection of resources for AAUW members so that you can stay on top of best practices and hone your personal leadership skills. These resources, Leader Essentials (formerly known as the Starter Kit), include everything you need to know to be effective and successful in your leadership role.

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Topical Resources

AAUW’s website is chock-full of resources that can help train leaders and activists. Browse the list or search for your favorite topics to find what you need. Not sure where to start? Here are three resources that are especially relevant right now.

Diversity and Inclusion Tool Kit

Diversity and Inclusion Tool Kit

Issues of equity affect all women, and women in marginalized groups often disproportionately experience the effects of these issues. To succeed in empowering women and girls, we must have diverse voices contributing different perspectives.

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How to Create a Strategic Plan for Your Branch

Developing a strategic plan is one of the key ways you can rejuvenate your branch’s focus and engage your members.

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How to Design an Engaging Planning Meeting

Engaging planning meetings can set your branch or state up for success. Try these tips and tools to lead your group to success.

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How to Use the Relational Recruitment Method

This resource will show you how to get to know a potential recruit so that you can invite her to participate in a way that is meaningful to her and your branch.

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Be Prepared for the Transition

Set next year’s board up for success by using AAUW’s board member transition tools. These how-to guides will help you reflect on the past year and strategically align your branch to have a successful year.

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Your Every Question Answered: Advocacy How-To Guides

Find a complete set of resources to guide you in advocating for women and girls in your statehouse and in Congress.

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Programs in a Box

AAUW’s Programs in a Box offer step-by-step guides for members to launch activities and fundraisers that further AAUW’s mission.