The WomenLead Institute
Investing in women as leaders, managers, and decision makers: The WomenLead Institute helps women maximize their leadership potential while promoting gender equality and advancing sustainable community development.
Born from the Centre for Development and Population Activities (CEDPA), the WomenLead Institute (WLI) brings to Counterpart more than 40 years of expertise in strengthening women’s leadership, management, and technical competencies. WLI’s core mission is to enhance women’s confidence, capacity, and agency to fuel greater representation and impact of women in leadership positions across all sectors and institutions, in the United States and in countries around the world.
“The most important thing I learned is that there is nothing to be nervous about or fear! This training provides the skills and tools [needed] to feel confident and empowered, and to know exactly what pieces go into good facilitation and training.”
“[The program was] an important event in my life and for the future of my organization, an investment and a vote of confidence in my potential as a leader.”
“[This workshop] showed me a vision of development where every woman, no matter who she is, can take responsibility for herself and also contribute to her country.”
“I am so impressed with the creativity and detail that went into the facilitation of the workshop. It has given me many ideas on how I conduct workshops at home that cater to all learning styles.”
“The fact that it was women only, working in a similar sector, led to not just a safe space, but the ability to connect with and learn from each other.”
“This program has the perfect balance of providing practical skills [and] tools for improving and scaling up our projects, as well as tips for improving confidence and communication that can be practiced and developed over a lifetime.”
“GWIM was an experience of a lifetime. The training methods and quality of trainers was unmatched. I find myself using tools learned at GWIM on a daily basis and have no doubt that I will carry those with me for life.”
WLI Workshops foster personal and professional growth through highly-participatory and experiential learning methodologies and by creating safe and enabling learning environments for self-reflection, peer-to-peer learning, and skills advancement.
Woman-to-Woman Coaching connects emerging women leaders with coaches for a year of professional development and networking. WLI coaches, themselves alumnae of our programs, support their clients to apply new knowledge and skills, guide them to identify solutions to work-related challenges, and champion their efforts to set and strive for goals.
Small Grants help to address funding obstacles facing local community-based organizations. The small grants program helps alumnae access resources to multiply their program results and develop new and stronger grant management skills.
Networking with and among alumnae and other Counterpart partners is forged and sustained through private online groups, country and regional networks, and newsletters.
Together with our local partners, we are improving health and nutrition, expanding access to education, strengthening climate resiliency, enhancing people’s livelihoods, and ensuring communities are governed more inclusively. In each project, we track our goals, monitor the progress, and evaluate impact.