May 2, 2016
GRADUATING THE SECOND COHORT & WELCOMING THE THIRD COHORT OF LEADING WOMEN IN SOCIAL CHANGE
On May 2, 2016, the Ghanaian Women’s Social Leadership Program (GWSLP) held a graduation ceremony for the 2015-2016 cohort. The event acknowledged 15 exceptional graduates—Ghanaian women leaders who, over the past year, have dedicated themselves to advancing their leadership through training and have worked with Ghanaian coaches to develop Action Learning Projects (ALPs) that tackle critical needs in their communities or organizations.
Speakers at the ceremony included Akosua Anidydoho, Director of New York University in Ghana; Alicia Cebada, Program Coordinator for the Mujeres for Africa Foundation, which, along with Banco Santander, collaborate on the program; and Amparo Hofmann-Pinilla, Director of GWSLP at NYU Wagner. Each participant also presented her ALP results and plans to sustain the projects in the future.
Housed at NYU Wagner and launched in 2013, the GWSLP is a one-year, cohort-based leadership development program for women in mid-level positions in Ghanaian civil society organizations. Through the program’s leadership development, individualized coaching, and networking opportunities, participants develop the skills and support needed to lead transformational change in their communities and society at large.
The unique program reflects NYU Wagner’s belief that, as Hofmann-Pinilla explained, "leadership is not a heroic act, but is a collective endeavor which results from the capacity to build direction and commitment working with others towards a common goal."
One of this year’s graduates, Bashiratu Kumal, spoke on behalf of her cohort, highlighting the program’s impact on women's leadership. "The GWSLP has helped us elevate our leadership. Because of GWSLP, we are now bold, proactive, and confident. We are ready to continue working together towards building a better Ghana with decisions made by men and women."
The ceremony also welcomed the third GWSLP cohort—12 Ghanaian women who represent civil organizations advancing human rights, youth leadership development, children rights, accountability and transparency, and women’s and girls’ rights, among other critical issues facing Ghana. In the coming year, the new participants will attend a week-long leadership development training and a one-week leadership institute in NYC. They will also implement Action Learning Projects throughout the year through the support of coaches and accomplished Ghanaian women leaders.
July 25 - August 1, 2015
Second Cohort: Leadership Training institute in New York City
The "Leadership Training Institute in New York" was organized for the second cohort of the Ghanaian Women’s Social Leadership Program from July 25 through August 1, 2015. This training institute was attended by 14 second cohort participants. The training institute provided a comprehensive program with workshop sessions in the morning and site visits in the afternoon, to social change organizations such as The Opportunity Network, Global Kids and Harlem Grown. Visits also included the United Nations, Ellis Island Museum, the High Line and other NYC points of educational interest.
The leadership sessions provided relevant skills to participants to build their leadership and continue tackling the most pressing social issues in their organizations and communities. The institute provided an excellent opportunity for the GWSLP participants to continue strenghtening networks, and coordinating and sharing resources. It created a space for participants to learn from NYU faculty, leadership development practitioners, and from the work advanced by exemplary social change organizations, while enjoying the richness and diversity of New York City. As the participants continue implementing their Action-Learning Projects, they will continue to take full advantage of the opportunity the program offers.
March 16 - March 21, 2015
Second Cohort: Leadership Training institute in Ghana
The Ghanaian Women’s Social Leadership Program conducted the first "Leadership Institute in Ghana" for the second cohort, from March 16 through 21, 2015. This training was facilitated by leadership development experts from NYU Wagner and the University of Ghana, and leadership development practitioners and civil society women-leaders from Ghana.
The training institute included sessions such as: Understanding Leadership in the Ghanaian Context; Gender and Leadership; Management and Leadership; Conflict Resolution; Communications and Public Speaking; Monitoring and Evaluation; and, Tackling Corruption at the local level. The training institute was an opportunity for participants to network and build a community of practice to lead transformational change.
In the months ahead, participants will be working with their respective coaches, advancing their action learning plans and their personal leadership goals.
January 17, 2015
First Cohort : 2015 Graduation ceremony
The "2015 Graduation ceremony" acknowledged the accomplishments of 15 exceptional Ghanaian women leaders who were part of the first cohort of the program. These women developed their leadership skills through coaching and training, and developed meaningful Action-Learning projects, that tackled critical organizational and community needs in Ghana. This event was also an opportunity to welcome the second cohort of 15 Ghanaian women who will benefit from the coaching, networking and leadership development training opportunities offered by the Ghanaian Women's Social Leadership Program.
Click here to explore the Action-Learning plans advanced by the First Cohort participants.