NLSW Speaker Applications open now!

Do you have a leadership story, advice, or experience to share?

The YWCA Niagara Region invites you to apply to speak at NLSW 2021. This year, your unique leadership story can be the reason a woman in Niagara takes the next step of her leadership journey. Tell us how you found your Courage to Lead in your NLSW 2021 Speaker Application.

Please read all of the information in the application thoroughly before you begin to fill out the form fields. Our NLSW Planning Committee has compiled lots of helpful information to help you write a successful application.

NOTE: Download the application and save any changes to the document to your computer. Applications filled out on a web browser may not save your information.


The Niagara Leadership Summit for Women presents an inclusive environment to encourage and celebrate women leaders in our community and opens the conversation surrounding women’s issues in Niagara. The event is hosted by the YWCA Niagara Region.

Everyone, regardless of gender, should have the courage and confidence to be the leader they are and want to be. Leadership is not about being ‘at the top’—there are leaders all around us who make a difference every day.

This event offers many valuable opportunities for women leaders and allies to connect, share common goals and evaluate common challenges, and network with like-minded community leaders.

We know that with women’s leadership comes lots of hurdles, but we won’t let that stop us in our pursuit to empower others and better our community. “Courage to Lead” is about finding the strength in ourselves to lead by example and do what is right in the face of adversity.

Courage looks different to each and every one of us. This is why we want to hear from YOU about your own unique experience leading with courage. Join us at NLSW 2021 from October 26th-28th to connect with like-minded women and gender-diverse people about finding the everyday courage in their leadership!

What's Happening this Year?

NLSW returns to the virtual stage in 2021!

We are proud to offer NLSW virtually again this year to create a safe and inclusive space for everyone. As Niagara works to re-open and resume in-person activities, we recognize and respect everyone’s varying comfort levels.

NLSW will continue to be an engaging space for attendees to connect with their community. Our virtual platform makes it possible to do all the things you could normally do at the in-person event such as learn and become inspired by our speakers, gain new perspectives, listen to empowering stories, engage in discussion, and chat one-on-one with our speakers, other attendees, and NLSW committee members.

Our three-day event gives you more time than ever to make new connections and gain a new perspective from all the inspiring individuals in our community. We are so excited to give you the opportunity to network with our speakers, attendees, and organizations on your own schedule! You may even find your lifelong mentor.

Community Guidelines

Our virtual event is designed to be a safe and open space for all participants. Please review and follow the guidelines below if you will be participating in our virtual event this year.



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