Guidance Materials

Chapter Leader Guide

Running a chapter (or just starting one) can seem like a daunting task. We’re here to help. This document was put together to answer all the basic questions about running an ESW chapter, and a few of the advanced ones as well. It’s a living document and needs updating occasionally, both to fix broken links or out-of-date materials and to add new knowledge on what works best. We hope you find it valuable - and we’d like to know what you think either way.

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Download the full Chapter Leader Guide, updated February 2016

Section List

00 Overview 

Part 1 Chapter Basics

01 Hello World: Chapter Basics

02 Starting a New Chapter

03 Chapter Structure: Executive Leadership and Organization

Part 2: Leadership & Management

04 Forming Teams

05 Leading Teams

06 Managing Teams

Part 3: Design/Educate/Build

07 Projects: Starting and Managing Projects

08 Educate: Workshops * K-12 Outreach 

09 Build: Social Events and General Body Meetings

Part 4: Extras

10 Getting Money

11 Event Planning


Support Materials




Relationships & Fundraising


Old Governance Guides

These guides pre-date the current Leadership Team, but are mostly evergreen and can provide a lot of good information, much of it ESW-specific. 




Old Templates

These templates pre-date our current branding guide, but might still be useful as a starting point. We're working on updating them, and prioritization is based on requests, so if there's something you use frequently, please let our Branding Coordinator, Berlyn, know at In the meantime, feel free to download these items and edit them to fit your chapter's needs and information.

Fax Cover and Letterhead Templates

Finance & Fundraising Templates

Marketing and Promotional Templates

Recognition Templates

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