A One-Day Forum to Advance Women’s Leadership in the International Development Sector

Interactive plenaries + Skill building workshops + Networking + Book-Signing

Our program is designed to challenge and inspire! Specifically, to:


✔   Develop individual leadership skills for female leaders of all levels within development organizations

✔   Share information about cutting edge research and tools to promote leadership development for all people within organizations

✔   Connect participants with inspiring experts and peers to create a community of  change-makers within the global social impact sector.  

✔  Strengthen our commitment not only to stronger leadership but a greater diversity of our leaders.



Who Should Attend? 


This one-day forum for seasoned and emerging leaders in the international development sector who want to deepen their individual leadership skills and build a culture of inclusive leadership in their organizations. Join participants from non-profits, private sector companies, governments, social enterprises, foundations and grant-making organizations. 



9:00 – 9:30am

Welcome: Susie Mudge, President & CEO, Chemonics International

Women & Leadership: Walking the Tightrope
Fiona Macaulay, Founder & CEO, WILD Network

9:30  – 10:45am  

Key-Note: How Women Rise: Break the 12 Habits Holding You Back from Your Next Raise, Promotion or Job
Speaker: Sally Helgesen, Award-winning researcher and author

10:45 – 11:00am:

 Networking Break  

11:00am – noon

At the Forefront: Women and Leadership in the International Development Sector

  • Louise Fox, Chief Economist, USAID (formerly World Bank)
  • Tessie San Martin, President and CEO, Plan International USA
  • Maha Yassine, Senior Program Coordinator, Human Rights, Vital Voices Global Partnership
  • Moderator: Sonal Shah, Executive Director, Beeck Center for Social Impact + Innovation, Georgetown University (TBC)

Noon – 1:15pm

Round-tables Discussion Lunch  Join a topic of your choosing

“Challenges and Triumphs of Women COPs’ ”  – Nora Brown & Catherine Johnson, DAI

“Developing Your Personal Brand”  – Lisa Leander, Vital Voices

“‘Working Mama: Make being a working mom work for you” – Mimi Darmstadter, Metropolitan Area Working Mother’s Alliance & Francesca Molinaro, Chemonics

Banking” on Women: Fostering Leadership in the Financial Inclusion Space – Xochitl Sanchez, Accion

“Networks and Networking” – Liz Whitehead, 12pointFive

More coming soon! Have an idea for a round table topic you would like to lead? Submit it here.


1:15 – 2:00pm

Developing a Company-Wide Culture of Coaching Across a Global NGO

  • Asheesh Advani, Executive Director, Junior Achievement Worldwide
  • Erin Sawyer, Vice President, Junior Achievement Worldwide
  • Ben Olds, Executive Leadership Coach, Haven Human Asset Venture

2:00 – 2:15pm

Networking Break

2:15 – 3:30pm

Break Out Sessions

Executive Presence: Body, Voice and Content

What Support do Female Social Entrepreneurs to Scale their Impact, and Thrive Personally?

Developing a Company-Wide Culture of Mentorship: What, How and What For?

3:30 – 4:30pm

Plenary Key Note:  Restore Yourself! The Antidote for Professional Exhaustion
In this interactive and fun plenary, Dr. Edy Greenblatt uses tools, knowledge and research from her award winning book Restore Yourself: The Antidote for Professional Exhaustion for how to develop customized, actionable solutions that increase your personal energy and reduce exhaustion. This session offers tools to women leaders to keep themselves, and their colleagues, resilient during periods of uncertainty and rapid change. Better energy management helps everyone accomplish more of what matters to us!

4:30 – 4:55pm


Plenary: This Is What I Heard!
Reflections from “under 30” participants on what resonated with them and insight for where to go from here.

4:55pm – 5:00pm

Fiona Macaulay, WILD CEO & Founder and Event Host


5:00 – 6:30pm

Celebratory Reception! + Book Signing with Key-Note Speaker Sally Helgesen

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