SSRI Announces Leadership Opportunity in DC for RI Women: 2019 Cherry Blossom

Are you an ambitious young Rhode Island leader between the ages of 19 and 24 (as of April 1, 2019)? Would you like to represent Rhode Island in Washington in spring 2019 at a leadership and networking program sponsored in part by the Embassy of Japan and several internationally oriented corporations?  Would you like to develop valuable professional relationships and new friendships in a program that has produced two alumnae who are now United States Senators?  Would you like to have a 1 in 55 opportunity to win an all expenses paid trip to Japan for an even more extensive international leadership development experience? If so, we encourage you to apply for selection by the State Society of Rhode Island as the 2019 Rhode Island Cherry Blossom Princess!

The Cherry Blossom Princess Program is a week-long program that offers cultural, educational, and professional development opportunities for young women leaders, ages 19 through 24, from across the United States and around the world. The program takes place each year during the National Cherry Blossom Festival© in Washington, DC and is proudly managed by the National Conference of State Societies.

Young women leaders are selected by a State/Territorial Society or International Embassy to be Cherry Blossom Princesses based on their leadership and academic achievements along with their interest in social, civic, community, and world affairs. As Cherry Blossom Princesses, you will represent your respective state, territory or country in both public and private events held each day across the Washington, DC area and engage with top government, business, arts, and media leaders.

Interested candidates should contact SSRI through our email ( to receive an application.  All applications should include a current resume.  Students at Rhode Island colleges and graduate schools, young women entrepreneurs across Rhode Island and Rhode Islander women living in Washington, D.C. who satisfy the eligibility criteria are especially encouraged to apply. 

Please help us spread the word at Brown University, Bryant University, Johnson & Wales, Rhode Island College, RISD, Roger Williams University, Salve Regina and the University of Rhode Island, along with the alumni communities for each.  

More information about the National Council on State Societies Cherry Blossom Princess Program is available here!

Sponsorship Opportunities

Rhode Island based businesses interested in helping us support this leadership opportunity at any level through tax deductible corporate sponsorship should also contact us.  Contributions of any amount are valued and appreciated.