Women’s World Banking is proud to announce a call for applications for its Leadership and Diversity for Innovation Program, which brings together a senior executive (female or male) and a woman leader or high-potential woman (selected by the senior executive) from up to 20 top-performing institutions committed to financial inclusion from around the world. Over the course of 12 months, these two cohorts join a number of in-person and remote trainings designed to achieve personal transformation and leadership impact at the institutional level. Each team will identify and solve a real-time challenge facing their institution, such as growing the business responsibly, better serving existing clients, reaching new market segments, or creating inclusive workplaces to attract and retain diverse talent. Participants will leave the program with the tools necessary to deliver the strategic business initiative identified at the outset of the program and with a peer network to support them.

To achieve this impact, the program includes two tracks:

  1. Senior executive track: CEO, direct report to CEO or Executive leading a business unit, team or function
  2. Women leader or high-potential women track: women leaders identified as strategic partners already occupying a leadership role within the organization, or those ready to adopt new responsibilities or being groomed for advancement within the organization

Senior executive track

The senior executive track enhances critical management and leadership skills required to sustain institutional performance and provides tangible tools to promote and sustain institutional-level innovation for serving women as internal and external clients.

Senior executives will receive:

  • Executive Forum: April 11-14, 2016, New York, USA
  • Executive Round Table and workshop with women leaders: 4 days, Fall 2016, location TBD
  • Neethling Brain Instrument (NBI™) leadership assessment
  • 4 Remote Coaching sessions with a professional executive coach
  •  Virtual learning opportunities (webinars, conference calls) with global experts in the fields of leadership development and financial services

Women leader or high-potential women track

The women leader or high-potential women track is designed to help participants focus on individual development to best contribute to the organization by honing and using their personal leadership style and skills including visioning, negotiation, managing difficult conversations and strategic relationship-building to achieve impact. The program supports women leaders to take the next step in their career advancement and helps organizations to create a diverse pipeline of future talent.

Women leaders will receive:

  • Women in Leadership and workshop with senior executives: 5 days, Fall 2016, location TBD
  • Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI®) assessment
  • Virtual learning opportunities (webinars, conference calls) with global experts in the fields of leadership development and financial services
  • Career development support from her senior executive


Dates: The Leadership and Diversity for Innovation Program is a year-long program with multiple in-person and remote touch points. Applicants must commit to full participation in all programmatic components over a one-year period. 

Eligibility:  Please note that only Women’s World Banking network members, associates, partners and other top-performing institutions committed to financial inclusion with a focus on the women’s market, are eligible to apply. Proficiency in spoken and written English is essential for participation in the Program. Participating institutions must be interested in or committed to serving the un and underbanked segment with a focus on women.

Program Costs: The 2016 program cost for each institution including tuition, accommodations, breakfast and lunch, and course materials is US$6000. Institutions are also responsible for all travel and incidental expenses incurred (ground transportation, visas, insurance, additional meals, etc.). Limited scholarships may be available.

Once your application has been approved, you will be sent an information package on course registration and content.

Cancellation Policy:  Once your application has been accepted, Women’s World Banking will issue an invoice. Payment is due within 30 days of the invoice date in order to retain your place. Cancellations must be submitted in writing up to 30 days prior to the start of the program to receive a full refund. Cancellations received less than 30 days prior to the start of the Executive Forum will be subject to full payment.


  • This application must be fully completed by the senior executive requesting admission to the program before review by the Admissions Committee. Please answer NA where data is not available.
  • Each participating senior executive is required at a later date to nominate a woman leader or high-potential woman from his or her organization. Please see details below.
  • The Committee will review all applications and will notify applicants of decisions. Once your application has been approved, you will be sent additional information to register for the course.
  • The application should take no more than 30 minutes to complete.

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