Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy and Miss Porter's School Global Summit

Welcome to South Africa!

In this interdisciplinary, residential program co-hosted by the Porter’s Center for Global Leadership (PCGL) at Miss Porter’s School (MPS) and the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls (OWLAG), young women will be empowered to become leaders and changemakers.

Applications for 2023 are now closed.

Located outside of Johannesburg, the state-of-the-art OWLAG campus is a secure and private home base to connect and live with girls from around the world.

Summit participants will meet with Oprah Winfrey in small group settings and learn from her during a series of workshops. They will acquire the tools they need to make change in their own communities.

You will engage with local social history, contemporary youth activism, and transformative initiatives based in and around Johannesburg as you explore the importance of women’s leadership on a global scale. You will also use site visits to fuel your inquiry into a variety of topics including the:

  • Impact of climate change.
  • Systems that drive inequality.
  • Efficacy of public health infrastructure.
  • Transformative ideas in digital and virtual technology.

As you learn from community leaders, experts, scholars, and Ms. Winfrey, you will be given the tools and space to organize your own leadership capacity and visions for the future. 

Program Details


July 3-19, 2023


The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls
Henley on Klip, South Africa

Enrollment & Eligibility:

Enrollment is by application and limited to 100 girls, ages 14-18 years old.

Applications are due by March 30, 2023


$4,900 for African residents
$5,900 for international participants

Tuition does not include airfare. Financial aid is not available for this program (but check out ChangeMaker’s Institute!)


International applicants are required to be escorted to Johannesburg on group flights from regional hubs located at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport, and Singapore Changi Airport. The cost of these flights will be billed separately from tuition.

Program Overview

This three-phase program focuses on:

  • Identity & Ethics
  • Social Entrepreneurship & Design Thinking
  • Activism & Leadership

Through these phases, you will:

  • Interpret broad social issues by centering the experiences of girls and women.
  • Navigate decision-making and problem-solving as individuals and in collaboration.
  • Develop an individualized approach to passion-driven global leadership.

A Day in the Life at the Global Summit

About the Global Summit

This program combines personal background, research findings, problem-solving approaches, expert consultation, and a focus on women’s leadership to help young women build an understanding of themselves as catalysts for global change. You will hone the research, networking, and presentation strategies that play to your strengths, working individually and in collaboration with others. By the end of the program, you will develop an action plan including a pitch for change that you can take back to your community. 

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