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Women in Innovation (WiIN): Now Accepting Applications for STEM Leadership Development Program in Africa

Innovation Center April 19th, 2017

Written By: Seema Kumar, Vice President of Innovation, Global Health and Policy Communication at Johnson & Johnson

Scientific innovation has the power to change the world. From developing life-saving breakthroughs to creating new solutions to improve everyday life, there is nothing more important or gratifying, in my mind, than a career in the sciences.

Innovation thrives on fresh thinking and new approaches. That’s why Johnson & Johnson Innovation is proud to present Women in Innovation (WiIN), a leadership development program designed especially for women who have recently graduated from university. WiIN will provide these bright and promising young women the support and tools to help them succeed in a career in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). The program will launch in Africa, where gender inequality in science and innovation careers mirrors gaps found around the world. WiIN extends our commitment in the continent, where we are already supporting young scientists and innovators through partnership with Next Einstein Forum (NEF) and the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS), and other programs. 

WiIN is unique because it reaches young women at a pivotal point in the transition from student to professional. For one incredible week, participants will come together to learn crucial leadership skills, receive career development training and experience invaluable networking opportunities. When they graduate from WiIN, they will be better equipped to navigate barriers and overcome obstacles to successfully pursue and thrive in a STEM career.

We are thrilled to launch the pilot for WiIN in Kigali, Rwanda, a city that is fast becoming an innovation hub and among Africa’s leading countries for gender equality. We are partnering with key institutions in the Rwandan academic community to provide training to 1,000 female university graduates in Kigali, free of charge, this coming June. I’m excited about the large number of women we will reach through this inaugural program and the potential impact this will have on the future of science and innovation in Rwanda and across Africa. Our vision is to extend the WiIN program to more African countries in the coming years and dramatically expand its reach across the continent.

We are looking for passionate, recent graduates in Rwanda who are interested in STEM-related careers. I wish each applicant the best of luck and I hope to see you in Kigali!

WiIN Program Requirements

  • The program is open to female participants who have completed a bachelor or undergraduate university degree by June 2017. 

  • Be a national or current resident of Rwanda.

  • Availability to attend the entire week-long program (Monday – Friday) during one of four sessions between 5 June – 30 June 2017.

  • Be able to arrange own travel/accommodation to Kigali and be able to arrange transport to/from conference venue (central Kigali).

  • Have a positive attitude and desire to pursue a STEM-related career.

How to Apply

To apply for this program, submit your application at jnjwiin.fluidreview.com. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.

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