Counterpart hosted the Global Women in Management (GWIM) cohort for two weeks in September, bringing together 17 accomplished women leaders from 14 countries to be trained in business and leadership skills. The women participated in daily training in Counterpart’s Washington, D.C. office focused on gender and social inclusion, personal leadership and confidence, project design and management, and financial management and sustainability. The program participants are all leaders within their fields and represent a diverse array of industries and experience. GWIM’s highly participatory learning style combined with the diversity of perspectives the group brought to the classroom led to enriching conversations around the topics presented each day.
Over the course of the two-week program, various excursions were taken around D.C. On September 27, the cohort embarked on “A Tour of Her Own,” a women’s history-focused tour of D.C. Additionally, the group spent an afternoon touring the Howard University campus. They were welcomed at the Ralph J. Bunche International Affairs Center before heading to Howard’s Gallery of Art to view the current exhibit on the African American Experience in Art and finished the day listening to a panel with members of the Congressional Black Caucus. The women leaders were also celebrated during the Rise Together Women’s Empowerment Reception, held on September 21 at Counterpart. The reception featured remarks from Jim Jones, director of Global Community Investment Programs and Strategy at ExxonMobil, as well as Camille Richardson of the U.S. Department of Commerce.
The program concluded on September 29 with a graduation ceremony, where each participant was celebrated with a certificate of achievement. On this final day, each participant also shared their takeaways from the trainings and crafted an action plan for how they will implement what they learned within their organizations. While the in-person programming has ended, Counterpart will continue to provide further training modules virtually. The two-week program led to a strong bond between the participants, who can now rely on their network of GWIM colleagues from their own cohort, as well as the much wider GWIM alumni network. View photos from the training and reception below.