Applications for the 2020-2021 class year are now closed. Applications for the 2021-2022 class year will be available next May.


Application Eligibility

All applicants must be at least 25 years of age. Applicants must be able to demonstrate leadership in their places of work or in the community and have a strong commitment and desire to serve the public good.

Some dates of the program may require participants to miss work or family functions. Class members are required to attend the first and last sessions in full and may miss no more than one of the other class days in aggregate. Class members are expected to arrive on time and to stay until the sessions adjourn. Failure to meet these requirements will jeopardize the class member’s graduation and alumna status. If an applicant has a conflict with one or more program dates below, that applicant is encouraged to apply another year. 

All sessions will be held in downtown Indianapolis, with the exception of the trip to Washington, D.C.

While there is no cost to participate in the program, participants will be responsible for paying for their transportation to and from the program and flying to and from Washington D.C. in April.  Financial aid is available for those who need assistance with transportation costs. All financial aid requests are kept confidential. Hotel rooms will be provided at no cost to class members for sessions that are two days or more. 


2020-2021 Program Dates*


Saturday, August 29 from 10am – 4:30pm

Wednesday, September 23 at 12pm through Thursday, September 24 at 2pm

  • This class session coincides with Hoosier Women Forward’s Annual Luncheon on Thursday, September 24th. There will be evening programing on Wednesday night and all class members will be staying at a hotel in Indianapolis.

Saturday, October 17 from 10am – 4:30pm

Friday, December 11 from 10am – 4:30pm, with optional attendance at the Indiana Democratic Party’s Holiday Party in the evening.



Tuesday, January 26 from 9am – 7pm, including a mandatory networking reception from 5-7pm

Saturday, February 20 from 10am – 4:30pm

Saturday, March 20 from 10am – 4:30pm

Wednesday, April 14 at 5pm through Friday, April 16 at 5pm (Washington, D.C.)

Thursday, May 13 at 5pm through Friday, May 14 at 4:30pm

  • This event date coincides with the Hoosier Women Forward Spring Fundraiser and Graduation on Thursday, May 13. There will be evening programming and all class members will be staying at a hotel in Indianapolis.

*Hoosier Women Forward intends to hold the class next year in person as scheduled.  However, we recognize that the public health pandemic and emergency may alter those plans beyond our control.  We remain committed to providing program content either in person or virtually and at the same high quality that we have always provided based on the technology available and public health emergency recommendations provided by federal, state and local government.