Monday, September 27th was the first day of the Women in Leadership Workshop hosted by Women’s World Banking’s (WWB) Center for Microfinance Leadership. The course, taking place in Bogotá, Colombia, is the 5th annual Women in Leadership Workshop and the first held exclusively for women leaders from Latin America.
The Women in Leadership Workshop, co-designed with Wharton, is targeted at women in mid- and senior-level management at microfinance institutions who seek to build their leadership skills and position themselves for top jobs in their organizations. Participants develop their own road map to leadership and leave with an individualized action plan, as well as peer support, to help them achieve their goals.
26 women leaders from 14 microfinance institutions in 8 countries are participating in the workshop this week in Bogotá. To celebrate the first day of the program, the Center for Microfinance Leadership hosted a dinner to celebrate women’s leadership in Colombia. During the dinner, workshop participants had the opportunity to meet some of the Colombian women leaders who played a fundamental role in founding the WWB network and who continue to serve as beacons of great leadership in the microfinance industry.
In attendance were six renowned microfinance leaders: Clara de Akerman, President, WWB Colombia; Margarita Correa, Executive Vice President, Bancamía; María Mercedes Gómez, President, Bancamía; Leonor Melo, President, Fundación Mundo Mujer, Popayán; Teresa Prada, Executive President, Fundación Mundial de la Mujer, Bucaramanga and; Maria Isabel Pérez, Executive President, Corporación Mundial de la Mujer Colombia.
During the rest of the week, workshop participants will increase their understanding of various models of leadership, gender and culture to better understand their individual styles and competencies, appreciate alternative styles and approaches, and identify the specific behaviors that can help them implement their leadership vision. They will also develop strategies and skills to build and maintain mutually challenging and supportive relationships with other women leaders.
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