Program Components for 2014-2015
The program consists of the following components:
Leadership Institute in Ghana – During October 2014, participants will come together in Ghana for a week-long intensive leadership institute. The institute includes instruction from NYU and local faculty on critical topics in leadership and management, experiential sessions to facilitate reflection and application of key concepts and opportunities to learn from influential leaders in their field. Potential topics of focus include: Understanding Leadership in Context, Exploring Vision, Values and Purpose, Social Change and Transformative leadership, African Women, Gender & Leadership, Team-Building and Collaboration, Self-Assessments: Personality, Preferences and Work-styles, Public Speaking, and Negotiation and Conflict Management.
At the Ghana Institute in 2014, incoming participants will also meet the outgoing 2013-2014 program cohort, as an opportunity for both groups to learn from each other and network with like-minded women leaders.
Action-Learning Projects – Participants engage in action-learning projects in their home organizations or communities, providing the opportunity for participants to apply concepts learned in the program in service of their organizations and the broader fields in which they work. In preparation for these projects prior to the intensive institute, participants are asked to convene a team at their home organizations to solicit early ideas for a project that would be useful for the organization and/or field. During the intensive institute, participants are given time to work in small groups on designing their action learning projects with the support of a coach. The implementation of the project will then occur over the course of the year with clear deliverables throughout to maintain momentum and ensure progress. The coaching described below offers critical support to participants throughout the implementation phase.
Small Group Coaching – Following the intensive institute, participants work in small groups of three to five with a coach to support participants’ leadership goals and the application of their learning to their home organizations through their action-learning projects and other efforts. The coaching component is delivered in small groups by Ghanaian coaches (who are themselves accomplished Ghanaian women leaders). Each group meets six times over the course of the year. In between meetings, coaches also coordinate individual follow up coaching sessions with each participant. An essential element of the coaching component will be structured opportunities for deep reflection on participants’ leadership skills and goals.
Leadership Institute in New York City – About halfway through the year (Mid-May 2015) participants spend a week at a Leadership Institute at NYU Wagner. The institute focuses on the knowledge, strategy and skills to be successful in work for social change. The institute integrate s leadership theory (workshops) with real-world experience (site visits to social change organizations) to offer participants a robust understanding of the nature and tasks of social change leadership, the contexts in which it is practiced, and the opportunities and challenges leaders face in their respective areas of work.
Individualized Assessment and Feedback – Throughout the program, participants are assisted in completing a self-assessment and collecting structured feedback from colleagues and others in their professional circle about their leadership behaviors, including both areas of strength to build upon and gaps to be addressed through the program. This feedback is analyzed and discussed with each participant to help her make the most of her time in the program.
Closing Summit – In October of 2015, participants reconvene for a two-day Closing Summit. This summit is focused on reviewing the feedback from the second round of the assessment process, sharing the results of the action-learning projects, assessing the impact of the program itself, and preparing individual action plans for continued learning and development post-program.