Original Programming

The Center uses the latest girl-centered research to develop programming that addresses key findings. Here are a few programs that you will only find at Agnes Irwin.

Living Leadership in Lower School

Our Leadership Toolkit© is central to our Lower School curriculum. Developed in partnership with Bryn Mawr College's Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research, the Leadership Toolkit brings abstract ideas about leadership to life for our youngest learners. 

AIS Allied

A cohort-style mentoring program provides an opportunity for Upper School students to explore careers, societal issues, and identity with adult mentors throughout the year. Our "allies," or adult women mentors, share their experiences and help guide students as they prepare to transition to higher learning.


Recognizing that 94% of C-Suite women participated in athletics, we are connecting our leadership programming to the student-athlete experience. Our AthLEADs program prepares student-athletes to lead on and off the field.
Read more about AthLEADs

Women's Leadership Journeys Speaker Series

Research tells us that the development of leadership identity comes in part from hearing about the vicarious experiences of role models who have navigated both challenging and victorious moments. We bring women leaders to campus to share their career journey and pathways to success.​​​​​​

Real Girls. Real Voices. Real Impact.

Our series of workshops for 5th and 6th grade girls focuses on leadership development and identity during the critical Middle School years. These interactive events are attuned to the young middle school girl and are embedded into our Middle School Parliament program. 

Advancing Girls in STEM

This annual think tank and conference brings together educators, leaders of nonprofits, government agencies, corporate executives, and advocates in STEM fields to discuss now to create a new ecosystem that will sustain STEM participation by girls and women. 

Student-Led Programming

The Council for the Advancement of Girls — our student-run organization that serves as a liaison between the Center and our student body — puts their leadership training into practice in our school and in the community.

Leading for Change Conference

This annual conference is designed by girls, for girls. Since 2013, The Council for the Advancement of Girls has created the original programming, initiated the fundraising and promotion, booked prominent speakers, and hosted its Leading for Change conference. Each year's conference, which is free to attend, explores different topics of interest for high schoolers and is open to girls in our surrounding area. More than 30 students work together on each conference, and 60% of our student body participates in the Council for the Advancement of Girls during their four years in Upper School.