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University of Pittsburgh: Vira I. Heinz (VIH) Program for Women in Global Leadership

Magazine article University Business

University of Pittsburgh: Vira I. Heinz (VIH) Program for Women in Global Leadership

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Philanthropist Vira I. Heinz, the first female board member of a multinational corporation and recipient of the Chancellors Medal from the University of Pittsburgh, recognized "the transformational impact of international travel," says Sarah Wagner, director of the women's leadership program at the university that's named after Heinz. To make it possible for women who have never spent time abroad to do so, The Heinz Endowment funds a comprehensive leadership program with two experiential learning components: the international experience and the community engagement experience.

Its mission is to "empower young women with no international experience to make their mark on the world," says Wagner, adding that it's also designed to pave the way for women to be engaged in their local communities.

The year-long leadership program brings together three women from each of 15 Pennsylvania universities, including the University of Pittsburgh, where it is headquartered. The students are also provided training and between $5,000 and $7,500 (based on financial need) toward an immersive summer international experience. Other schools include Arcadia University, Temple, Duquesne, and Washington and Jefferson, among others.

Applicants must be women with a minimum 3. …

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