About our Leadership Program

VWIL SealVirginia Women’s Institute for Leadership at Mary Baldwin College is the nation’s only all-female cadet corps. Its mission from the beginning has been to provide an unparalleled opportunity for young women to develop the leadership skills, self-discipline, and strength of character they need to succeed as principled and contributing citizens and leaders in their communities and chosen careers.

VWIL’s leadership development program for women has earned a reputation nationally as a premier leadership development program for women and has become a model of success for other programs with similar aims. In the VWIL program you learn the principles of leadership and you develop your own leadership style. The foundation for our leadership preparation is a liberal arts or science education. The heart of leadership development is the training you receive in the Corps of Cadets, in ROTC, and in the governance of your class. Physical training, sports, and the leadership challenge program round out the VWIL experience.


“Full Command” – May 2014 American Legion Article on VWIL042414_VWIL-Cadets
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VWIL Marches in Gubernatorial Parade
Cadets march before the governor in the 2014 VA Gubernatorial Inauguration Parade Read More

Cadets Engage with Top-Ranking Women in  U.S. Armed Forcesparadegubernatorial1
Virginia Women’s Institute for Leadership (VWIL) cadets left a lasting impression on several of the top-ranking women officers in the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard during the Officer Women Leadership Symposium (OWLS), held recently in Arlington. Read More

carroll_congressCadets Spend Summers Honing Leadership Skills
Whether jumping out of airplanes, immersing themselves in language training and cultural experiences, lending their skills on Capitol Hill, or manning the controls of an aircraft carrier, numerous cadets in the Virginia Women’s Institute for Leadership redefined the meaning of summer as college students. Read More