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Leadership & Capacity Development

Custom-Designed Training and Coaching

The WomenLead Institute (WLI) offers custom-designed training programs of any duration for clients in the public, NGO, and private sectors on a wide range of topics. Our training is grounded in the principles of adult learning and an appreciative approach to planned change. Our team of expert curricula developers and facilitators work closely with partners and clients to determine training needs, tailor content to meet those needs, and evaluate the training at multiple levels. We design and deliver workshops that are highly participatory, practical, and hands-on. Our team prides itself on creating fun and supportive learning environments that leave participants better prepared and more confident in their abilities.

We have an extensive catalog of widely-tested curricula that can be quickly and easily adapted. Potential topics include, but are not limited to, the following*:

  • Action Planning
  • Advocacy
  • Appreciative Planning and Action (APA)
  • Change Management
  • Coaching and Mentoring
  • Economic Empowerment (i.e., business planning, marketing analysis, and product development)
  • Facilitation Skills
  • Financial Management
  • Gender and Gender Analysis
  • Leadership
  • Management and Supervision
  • Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Negotiation
  • Networking
  • Organizational Capacity Assessments
  • Project Management
  • Public Speaking
  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Strategic Communication
  • Strategic Planning
  • Team Development
  • Training of Trainers (TOT)


*PLEASE NOTE: This is an illustrative list of topics available. WLI will work with you to customize and develop trainings according to your needs. Please contact us at WLI@planusa.org.

Coaching and Mentoring Programs


For more than 10 years, WLI has been training our alumnae to be coaches to other women. WLI offers a unique south-to-south coaching program designed to support our alumnae through the difficulties and challenges that women leaders and managers face in their careers and within their organizations, helping them overcome performance barriers and advance to leadership positions. The process of coaching broadens and deepens relationships with other women leaders, reinforces the application of new knowledge and skills, and guides professional development.

Studies show the influential role female mentors play in a woman’s career. WLI will help organizations design and implement their own coaching and mentoring programs, drawing on our own network of more than more than 100 coaches from 41 countries, or providing tremendous community engagement opportunities for senior women executives within the company or organization. Please contact us at WLI@planusa.org.

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