Since 2005, the ExxonMobil Foundation has invested in the CEDPA Global Women in Management (GWIM) program through its Women’s Economic Opportunity Initiative, a global effort to help equip women in developing countries with education and training, access to key resources, and support structures needed to fulfill their economic potential and help drive economic development in their communities.
The CEDPA GWIM workshops began in 1978 and have graduated thousands of alumni worldwide, forming a global network of trained women leaders transforming lives at local, regional and international levels. This June marks the 60th installment of the workshop, bringing together 28 women leaders from 22 countries in Washington, D.C. to exchange best practices and experiences while building important skills.
What is the CEDPA GWIM program?
The workshop brings together women from diverse cultures and countries to share, examine and adapt best practices worldwide for expanding women’s economic opportunities and meeting the needs of their communities and countries. Workshop themes include:
- Dimensions of Leadership - personal and professional leadership traits, influencing skills, motivation, emotional intelligence, and situational leadership.
- Economic Participation - business planning, product development, financial services, marketing, entrepreneurship/social entrepreneurship, branding, and value chain management.
- Fundraising - donor relations, types of donors, fundraising strategies, proposal management tools and systems, and proposal writing.
- Project Management/Monitoring and Evaluation - project cycle, project management processes and tools, monitoring, and evaluation plans.
- Financial Management - project and institutional budgeting, indirect costs, financial reporting, cash flow analysis, and internal controls.
- Advocacy - advocacy process, the policy cycle, barriers to women’s economic participation, networking, and advocacy strategies.
- Strategic Communications/Public Speaking - strategies to educate, motivate, and mobilize communities, decision makers, institutions, and techniques for interviews and public speaking.
The whole community benefits.
In addition to strengthening individual women leaders and institutions, GWIM has ripple effects throughout the communities where participants work. Many alumni reinvest the skills gained at the workshop by training and providing coaching to colleagues, beneficiaries and staff at their own and other community-based organizations. With enhanced skills and strengthened programs, alumni have improved the lives of hundreds of thousands of people.