2024 Leadership and Diversity Program for Regulators
Supporting financial regulators to develop policies that close the gender gap in financial inclusion; building the women’s leadership pipeline in regulatory organizations.
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This multi-week global blended learning program, taught by Women’s World Banking and Faculty from Oxford University’s Saïd Business School, brings together senior officials (male/female/nonbinary) from central banks and other regulatory agencies and high-potential women from their respective institutions. Each participating team (senior official + high potential leader) identifies a real-time institutional policy challenge related to women’s financial inclusion to work on throughout the learning journey.
Beginning in April 2024, participants come together for interactive online classes, team assignments, 1:1 advisory sessions and peer learning. Participants will also connect with peers from across the globe for intensive in-person learning at Oxford University’s Saïd Business School in June 2024. Participants will also receive an optional invitation to the Alliance for Financial Inclusions’ Global Policy Forum to present their capstone, graduate and network with policymakers and regulators from all over the world in September 2024 in El Salvador.
What it is:
This multi-week blended learning program equips senior officials and high-potential leaders from central banks and other regulatory agencies in emerging markets, with the skills to create an enabling environment for women’s financial inclusion and advance gender diverse leaders within their institutions. The program is taught by Women’s World Banking and Oxford University’s Saïd Business School and implemented together with the Alliance for Financial Inclusion.
Participants join a series of interactive, live online sessions, individual and group assignments, peer action learning and expert consultation opportunities with intensive in-person learning the first week in June 2024 at Oxford University’s Saïd Business School. Each senior official identifies a policy that will advance women’s financial inclusion, and selects a high-potential woman leader from their institution who partners with them in designing and implementing their policy. Participants will use Women’s World Banking’s Women-Centered Policy Design Framework and complementary skills taught in the program to design, plan, implement and measure the impact of a policy to close the gender gap in their market. Senior officials also commit to supporting their high-potential woman leader (program partner’s) professional development during and after the program through career mentorship and sponsorship. Senior officials will receive 4 executive coaching sessions.
The program culminates with a capstone presentation and graduation in-person at the Alliance for Financial inclusion’s Global Policy Forum in El Salvador in September. Where participants cannot attend in-person, they will have the option of presenting virtually. The capstone presentation will highlight the participating team’s progress with their gender inclusive policy, their planning and expected impact on the low-income women in their country.
In-person location: Oxford Said Business School Executive Education Campus Oxford, England.
Why it is unique:
For nearly 20 years, Women’s World Banking has trained leaders from more than 80 countries. This is the only program for financial regulators at the intersection of leadership development and women’s financial inclusion. It equips participants with technical and strategic know-how to design gender-inclusive policy, and leadership skills to affect change. With a specific dual-track approach, senior officials gain the tools to sponsor women leaders, modelling an approach for building a pipeline of gender diverse talent within their institutions.
What participants gain:
With expertise from Women’s World Banking, Alliance for Financial Inclusion and Oxford Saïd Business School’s world-class faculty participants will gain:
Leadership Skills: Learn core skills such as change leadership, persuasion, negotiation, emotional intelligence, and unconscious bias.
Women’s Financial Inclusion Knowledge: Understand global challenges and best practices in gender-inclusive policy design and implementation.
A Global Network: Engage in an action learning methodology that leverages peer-to-peer learning and support. Upon successful completion of the program, graduates join our Alumni Network, gaining access to a wealth of experience, expertise and opportunities for further learning and support
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