The GWSLP participants benefit from the following components:
- Leadership Institute in Ghana — At the beginning of the program, participants meet in Ghana for a weeklong intensive leadership learning institute. Instructors from NYU collaborate with local faculty and leadership providers to provide instruction on critical topics in leadership and management. Sessions and workshops offer participants opportunities to learn from influential leaders in their field while encouraging peer-to-peer learning, reflection, critical thinking, and application of key concepts.
- Action-Learning Projects — Throughout the year, participants apply what they learn by developing and implementing action-learning projects in their home organizations or communities. Before the leadership institute, participants are asked to prepare by convening teams at their home organizations and soliciting project ideas for the organization or field. Through the duration of the program, participants continue to work in small groups on designing their action-learning projects with the support of a coach.
- Small Group Coaching — Following the intensive institute, participants work with coaches in small groups. Coaches — accomplished Ghanaian women leaders — support participants’ leadership goals and their efforts to apply their learning in their home organizations. Between meetings, coaches coordinate individual follow-up coaching sessions with each participant. This coaching provides essential opportunities for structured reflection on participants’ leadership skills and goals.
- Leadership Institute in New York City — Halfway through the program, participants attend a weeklong Leadership Institute at NYU Wagner. The institute integrates classroom workshops on leadership theory and leadership skills and site visits to social change organizations, giving participants a chance to understand practices of social change leadership in context and the opportunities and challenges that leaders face in their work.
- Individualized Assessment and Feedback — Throughout the program, participants assess their own progress and receive structured feedback about their leadership. Analysis and feedback from program staff and coaches help participants to make the most of their time in the program.
- Networking Opportunities — GWSLP also facilitates participants with the chance to develop connections with other leaders and GWSLP alumni. Program participants have diverse opportunities to practice networking skills and build a community of practice.