Workshop Overview

WomenLead in Africa will inspire women’s awareness of their own leadership abilities, both existing and desired; introduce new tools, knowledge, and skills to strengthen organizational and management systems and team effectiveness; and promote greater self-confidence and clarity of career goals and personal aspirations.

Core leadership topics covered in this one-week workshop include: personal and professional leadership, confidence, emotional intelligence, situational leadership, learning styles, managing teams, negotiation skills, public speaking, and ethical leadership. Participants will also expand and strengthen their professional networks in country and regionally.

The workshop provides a dynamic and supportive space for women to learn, share, practice new skills, and receive feedback from peers. The team of experienced and globally recognized trainers creates an encouraging, safe, and participatory learning environment for personal reflection, strategy and skill development, and the exchange of best practices and experiences.

Participant Profile

WomenLead in Africa is for early to mid-career women working in any technical area (e.g. health, education, gender, rights, economic empowerment, etc.) or institutional sector (e.g. civil society, government, private sector, or political body) who meet the following basic criteria:

  • A minimum of five years of professional work experience.
  • Currently engaged in projects or program activities that promote women’s empowerment, gender, and/or social inclusion.
  • Able to clearly articulate their personal and professional leadership goals.
  • Proficient in English (able to participate in discussions and presentations).
  • From one of the following eligible countries: Ghana, Liberia, Kenya, Nigeria, Uganda, South Africa.

Please note: Alumnae of prior CEDPA or Plan USA women’s leadership workshops are not eligible.

Costs and Scholarships

  • Tuition, course materials, lunch, and breaks: $2,570
  • Airfare, airport transfers, and accommodations: $1,660
  • Total cost: $4,230

WLI has launched a fundraising campaign to award partial and full scholarships to qualified candidates from eligible countries. (See Payment and Scholarship portion of application for details.)

Applicants who secure funding for their tuition, accommodations, and/or international airfare will be given priority and may apply for partial scholarships. Applicants are encouraged to seek funding from their organizations as this will allow WLI to increase the number of available scholarships.

Application Process

  • Deadline for applications: Midnight EST, August 31, 2019.
  • Incomplete or late applications will not be considered after this date.
  • Please complete the application by clicking the button below.
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WLI will notify successful applicants by September 30, 2019 by email and provide a letter of invitation that can be used to secure a visa on arrival in Ghana. Unsuccessful applicants will be notified shortly thereafter.

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