1. WHAT IS GLOBAL WOMEN’S LEADERSHIP NETWORK?
Global Women's Leadership Network (GWLN) is a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering women as agents of change to make high-impact systemic change in their communities worldwide. We provide transformational leadership development, a global support network and community resources for women leaders around the world. Our mission is to create a new future for humanity by galvanizing women leaders to bring us all to a world built upon social justice and economic sustainability. We envision a world where ALL women and girls realize gender equality: politically, socially and economically. Download our latest brochure to learn more about GWLN.
2. WHY FOCUS ON WOMEN LEADERS?
GWLN has long believed that empowering women is the RIGHT thing to do. It has been internationally recognized that there can be no peace, security, or sustainable economic development without women’s equal participation in all spheres of society. It is the best means of ending poverty, violence and terrorism, environmental degradation and creating a more just, free world. The greatest challenges that face our world today cannot be addressed without recognizing the vital role of women.
Former U.S. Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton points out:
"Women are not victims. Women are agents of change, drivers of progress, makers of peace – if given half a chance."
3. What is the women leaders for the world Program?
Since 2005, GWLN has offered the Women Leaders for the World (WLW) program to prepare and expand the capacity and network of women leaders around the globe. As the flagship program of GWLN, participants engage in a residential leader-led development component and coaching. Then they become lifelong members of a global support network of women leaders. Currently, GWLN graduates work in more than 40 different countries. Learn more about the WLW program.
4. WHAT MAKES OUR PROGRAM UNIQUE?
GWLN provides a residential transformational leadership program, online coaching and membership in a worldwide community of leaders for collaboration and support. We provide our graduates with access to additional professional development, leadership opportunities and resources that expand their capacity for impactful global citizenship. In turn, the alumni community partners with GWLN to build an international network of women leaders who are prepared and committed to transform the future of their organizations, communities and the world.
5. HOW ARE THE GWLN GRADUATES MAKING SYSTEMIC CHANGES IN THEIR COMMUNITIES WORLDWIDE?
The GWLN alumni community works in over 40 countries to improve the lives of women and girls around the world. From building schools for girls in Pakistan to improving maternal health in Africa or providing microloans to mothers to generate sustainable income and rescuing sex trafficking victims in India, every leader is committed to goals that create long-term positive change that effects future generations. Read about some of these projects in our Profiles of Impact.
6. What is the goal of gwln?
GWLN’s community of nearly 200 graduates and coaches work in over 40 countries. Together they have transformed hundreds of thousands of lives around the globe. Moving forward, our goal is to proliferate leadership education such as the Women Leaders for the World program to develop and coach more amazing women. GWLN believes there is a huge opportunity to connect women leaders – to create Regional and Global Alliances – effectively networks of network. These networks will:
* Support women in the attainment of leadership skills and in their role as leaders
* Support women leaders in the world-changing work they do
* Encourage and enable greater collaboration
7. HOW DOES GWLN PLAN TO ACHIEVE THIS GOAL?
We will use the following methods: 1) Transformational leadership education delivered through a variety of programs and distribution channels; 2) Local and regional alliances of women leaders; 3) Collective Impact by helping women leaders learn techniques to connect and work collaboratively; and 4) A global alliance of women’s leadership organizations that provides leadership and content to spark women into agents of change.
8. Where will the regional alliances be located?
GWLN plans to pilot regional alliances in six areas: East Africa, India, New York City, San Francisco Bay Area, Turkey and Washington D.C. In 2013, two Regional Alliances were initiated. GWLN East Africa began with a Founder’s Meeting in Kenya in August. At the end of 2013, GWLN launched the Bay Area Alliance for Women and Girls in San Francisco.
9. How can I learn more about becoming a part of a GWLN regional alliance or creating a GWLN regional alliance in my country?
For questions or more information, please contact Leslie Cross, Interim Executive Director of Global Women’s Leadership Network at email@example.com.
10. How can I volunteer AT GWLN?
GWLN has many volunteer opportunities and is always looking for extraordinary contributors to help with many aspects of running the organization. Please email our Volunteer Manager, Megumi Sakae, at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in any of our open positions.
11. I DON’T HAVE TIME TO VOLUNTEER, BUT I’D LIKE TO GIVE A GIFT TO GWLN. WHERE WILL MY DONATION GO?
A donation of $500 or $1000 will help to sponsor women leaders to attend a leadership development program. Two-thirds of GWLN’s graduates come from high-poverty countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East and require a scholarship to participate. A donation to GWLN can also help us build the infrastructure, networks and resources required to reach and develop more women leaders through our new regional alliances. Please consider giving a donation to GWLN. We thank you for your support.