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The BOLD Network is focused on developing courageous leadership among young women within higher education who possess the skills necessary to move discourse forward on some of our most challenging social issues. Rooted within an intergenerational mentoring network of women from all sectors, BOLD Scholars aim to leverage their own identities, strengths, and collective knowledge to positively impact social change and foster inclusive campus environments. The BOLD Network is committed to supporting young women from all backgrounds and especially those who have been significantly underrepresented in higher education in terms of socioeconomic class, race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, citizenship, and ability.


Smith is thrilled to announce our partnership in the BOLD Women’s Leadership Network along with California State University at Fullerton, Middlebury College and Rutgers University-Newark, which serves as the hub for the program and national team. BOLD is an exciting new initiative established by the Pussycat Foundation in the spirit of Helen Gurley Brown as an intergenerational network across four institutions that have demonstrated commitment to collaboration, innovation, diversity and inclusion. BOLD will provide students with scholarships and funding to engage in learning abroad, professional networking, career preparation, leadership summits and project development.


BOLD launched in January 2017 with its inaugural cohort of dynamic, engaged and passionate student leaders. In March we will select our second cohort of 5 rising Juniors.