Leadership &

Investing in Women as Leaders

Leadership and Diversity Programs

Our Leadership and Diversity programs support and guide institutions to create inclusive workplaces that attract and retain diverse talent. The programs also strive to develop innovative financial products and services that meet the needs of low-income women.

Leadership and Diversity Program for Regulators

Recognizing the role of financial regulators in driving significant progress in women’s financial inclusion, Women’s World Banking, in partnership with the Alliance for Financial Inclusion (AFI), with funding from Visa Foundation, introduced the brand new Leadership and Diversity Program for Regulators for senior officials from central banks and other regulatory agencies in emerging markets. This program equips participants with technical and strategic expertise to create policy and leadership skills to affect change and build the pipeline of women leaders. Most importantly, senior officials apply these skills in real-time; each participant must identify and develop a policy initiative related to advancing women’s financial inclusion in their home country as part of the program.

2019 Timeline

Program commenced with a series of virtual sessions.

Participants attended a week-long, intensive in-person session at University of Oxford’s Saïd Business School’s campus.

Participants presented their assignment, a presentation on the progress of the policy initiative they have committed to implement (“capstone project”).

Leadership and Diversity for Innovation Program

With support from Credit Suisse Foundation, Women’s World Banking continued to deliver and improve the Leadership and Diversity for Innovation Program (LDIP) in 2019. LDIP is a one-year leadership development program that equips senior executives in emerging markets with the skills to successfully serve low-income women and advance women leaders within their institutions.

The program includes virtual learning and a weeklong in-person workshop in New York taught by Women’s World Banking and the Wharton School of Business of the University of Pennsylvania.

The in-person component of the program took place from September 23-27, 2019 at the Credit Suisse offices in New York. There were 42 participants, representing 24 institutions, from 15 countries and most were from either banks or non-bank financial institutions.


After attending our programs, 89% of executives shifted their perspective on the value of investing in women as leaders. Overall, 86% of women leaders reported positive change in the scope of their responsibilities.

Women in Leadership for Wing in Cambodia

From October 16-19, 2019, Women’s World Banking delivered its third leadership program in Southeast Asia with support from the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). The four-day program delivered at Wing (Cambodia) Limited Specialized Bank consisted of 24 high potential women leaders and aimed to equip them with the tools to develop their leadership vision.

Wins from the Leadership Program


of participants reported having a “completely” or “mostly” clear personal leadership vision after the program.


gained new knowledge as a result of this learning experience.


agreed that the learning experience will contribute to their team or organization’s performance.


reported feeling strongly confident that they can implement their development plan.


reported having a better understanding of the qualities that effective leaders demonstrate.