Amplify Lead Information

Thank you for your interest in Amplify! We will open our Amplify Lead application process in October 2022 for the 2023 program. Until then, please review the program details and job description below.

About Amplify

Amplify is an eight-week program that focuses on individual, leadership, and organizational capacity-building to address gender inequity. Participants learn key concepts and apply them at their place of work through personal reflection, small group discussion, and action-learning assignments. The program is for people who work in Advancement at institutions of higher education and experience oppression because of their gender and other identities.

Sessions will be held every Thursday from Noon – 1:30 p.m. EST for eight weeks, starting March 30, 2023, and ending May 18, 2023. 

Amplify Leads

Amplify Leads serve as liaisons, facilitators, and program champions for their home organizations. Leads receive training to recruit participants, facilitate online discussion groups, and support the success of their small group participants.

It has been an amazing experience watching the women in my cohort grow and gain confidence in themselves.  I have created life-long professional friendships, I have learned how to lead and facilitate, and I am thinking about what I want next in my life and career.

Michelle Giovino, Brown University

Amplify Lead Description

Minimum Qualifications

  • Employed in Advancement at a college, university, or nonprofit organization for the duration of the program.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Presentation, facilitation, teaching, or training experience
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Conversant with gender-related topics and issues


  • Recruit and retain 4-6 Amplify group members who represent diverse identities, functional areas, and roles at your organization
  • Serve as point-of-contact for Amplify group members, sharing updates, reminders, and other communications as needed
  • Schedule and facilitate weekly group meetings, including reserving rooms, creating calendar invites, and managing technology
  • Attend the two-day Amplify Lead Retreat in February 2023 (in-person at Boston University* or via Zoom if needed due to COVID-19) and four online trainings that take place every Thursday from noon – 1:30 p.m. EST in March 2023
  • Attend the Amplify Program sessions that take place every Thursday from noon – 1:30 p.m. EST from March 30 – May 18, 2023
  • Attend bimonthly Amplify Lead prep sessions on Wednesdays from 2:00 – 2:45 p.m. EST
  • Troubleshoot issues that may arise with the program or within the group and update/involve Program Managers as needed
  • Ensure Amplify group members complete pre- and post-program evaluations
  • Serve as a positive role model for Amplify and your home organization
  • Demonstrate high levels of interpersonal competence, cross-cultural sensitivity, and excellence

Wondering if we are “enough” is a form of internalized oppression. Yes, you are enough.

Amplify Lead Application

Applications open October 3, 2022, and are due November 11, 2022. Finalists will be interviewed the weeks of December 5-16, 2022, and those who are selected as Amplify Leads will be notified no later than January 6, 2023.

Before you apply:

  • Amplify Leads must participate in every element of the program. See below for the Amplify Lead position description that outlines the Lead responsibilities.
  • There is a $399 registration fee for Amplify Leads. In our commitment to racial justice, the fee is waived for Leads who identify as Black, Indigenous, or People of Color.

The application requires short-essay responses of no more than 250 words each. The essay questions are included below.

1. Share your top three reasons for wanting to participate in the Amplify program.

2. Describe the personal characteristics, dimensions of diversity, and/or life experiences that you would bring to the Amplify program.

3. Explain the ways in which you have demonstrated a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion professionally and/or personally.

4. Feminist theorist Dr. Marilyn Frye uses a birdcage as a metaphor for oppression with the individual wires representing the barriers women and gender diverse people face in the world. She warns against looking microscopically at the individual wires, which on their own may not appear insurmountable. Rather, she encourages us to view them macroscopically, to see how the wires intertwine to create a birdcage, restricting and restraining our lives.

  • What “wires” have you experienced that relate to gender and other forms of oppression?
  • How might Amplify help you to better see and navigate the “birdcage” for yourself and others?

For questions or other inquires, please contact Alexis Kanda-Olmstead, Director of Advancement Talent Management, Dartmouth College.

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