Credit Suisse and Women’s World Banking have wrapped up the second phase of a one-year long Leadership and Diversity for Innovation Program last week at Credit Suisse’s Centre of Excellence in Powai, with 25 senior leaders and high-potential staff from financial institutions around the world attending.

This program, part of the Credit Suisse Microfinance Capacity Building Initiative, brings together a team from each of the 13 participating financial institutions: a senior manager or CEO and a high potential woman employee. The team identifies a business challenge related to serving the women’s market on which to focus during the year-long program. The senior executives met in New York in April; both groups came to Mumbai this week for ongoing training. For high-potential women the one-week program combines leadership training and skill building including negotiation, strategic relationship building and visioning. Senior executives hone their skills to better serve the women’s market by driving institutional change using coaching and talent management, scenario planning and gender diversity initiatives.

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