The Vira I. Heinz Program for Women in Global Leadership

Kimberly Beechan, a Vira I. Heinz Program for Women in Global Leadership participant, standing in the desert in Jordan. She is overlooking a view of the desert, with many camels crossing in front of her and the mountains in the background. Kimberly Beechan, a Vira I. Heinz Program for Women in Global Leadership participant, in the desert in Jordan.

The Vira I. Heinz Program for Women in Global Leadership prepares women for tomorrow's global challenges by offering a unique opportunity for international experiences, leadership development and community service.

The Vira I. Heinz (VIH) Program for Women in Global Leadership prepares women for tomorrow's global challenges by offering a unique opportunity for international experiences, leadership development and community service. Universities and colleges across Pennsylvania participate in the VIH Program. Three young women from each institution are admitted into the program and receive a scholarship of at least $5,000 to put toward the cost of an international experience of their choosing.

The VIH Program has three principal components: the international experience, the community engagement experience and two weekend-long, intensive leadership development retreats. During the spring semester prior to and the fall semester following their international experiences, the awardees meet in Pittsburgh. These trainings provide the awardees with a foundation of skills necessary to maximize cultural learnings while abroad and to engage their leadership skills in their own communities upon their return.

Additional information can be found at http://www.viraheinz.pitt.edu/.

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World View

The Vira I. Heinz Program for Women in Global Leadership is featured in the Summer 2018 issue of the University of Pittsburgh’s Pitt Magazine. The article, “World View,” highlights the separate experiences of four young women in Germany, Tanzania, South Africa and South Korea, and examines the program’s impact on their vision for the world and their future.