Member Leadership Programs

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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.

Tools for AAUW Leaders

AAUW supports members by offering formal training and opportunities to help volunteers 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.

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Leader Essentials

AAUW resources includes dozens of Leader Essentials, how-to resources that help you build the necessary skills to be an effective leader and advance AAUW’s mission. Leader Essentials include step-by-step processes, tips, and tricks for doing everything from recruiting new members to planning programs and developing future leaders. You can also find the tool kit for your leadership role.

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In-person Trainings

Are you interested in having AAUW staff or a member trainer offer a leadership training at your state or branch meeting? Let us know! We offer in-person trainings on topics including

  • Recruitment
  • Leadership development and succession
  • Marketing
  • Designing effective meetings
  • Running programs
  • Building inclusive branches
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Member Trainers Program

Want to facilitate leadership training for your branch or state? Join the member trainers program and gain access to training materials, resources, and one-on-one support you need to successfully conduct AAUW leadership trainings.



AAUW hosts webinars to help you lead your branch or state. These cover everything from planning equal pay day activities to retaining members to diversifying your branch. Sign up for an upcoming webinar today.

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Every two years, hundreds of leaders from across the country gather for the AAUW National Convention. There, members exchange ideas and take advantage of dozens of workshops on leadership development, research, and the latest topics in women’s issues. Mark your calendar for the 2017 AAUW National Convention, June 14–17 in Washington, D.C.

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Professional Development for AAUW Members

AAUW also supports members in their roles outside of AAUW by offering training and opportunities that will help them in their careers.


Salary Negotiation Workshops

AAUW’s Work Smart salary negotiation workshops are designed to empower women with the skills and confidence to successfully negotiate salary and benefits packages. AAUW members can attend a workshop, become trained salary negotiation facilitators for AAUW Work Smart or AAUW Start Smart, or become ambassadors to help recruit workshop host sites. Branches have the added opportunity of sponsoring workshops in their communities. For more information, e-mail