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    2024 Women’s Global Leadership Forum

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    Leadership for social impact

    Live Programming in 25 timezones


    Our sector is changing rapidly. Conversations around the traditional balance of power are leading to seminal shifts in how decisions are made, and who gets a say. And assumptions about the way we work have shifted, creating new opportunities for emerging leaders, and requiring new skills from seasoned leaders.

    The WILD, Women’s Global Leadership Forum equips you with the tools and inspiration to fulfill your leadership potential and be a changemaker in your arena. 

    You’ll gain transformative insights to be more effective in the work that you do and to foster a culture of inclusive leadership within your organization and across the industry. 

    Now, more than ever, we have a chance to lead the change – and shape the future of our sector, and our world.

    To stay up to date with 2024 WILD Forum news, click here.

    WILD Forum Tracks

    The Women’s Global Leadership Forum curates along four tracks.

    Track 1:

    Leading Yourself

    Growing as a leader starts with investing in yourself. Discover sessions designed to equip you with the skills, self-awareness and resilience to shape your leadership trajectory.

    Track 2:

    Leading Your Team

    Develop your skills as a manager and learn new ways to support, equip, and empower your team.

    Track 3:

    Leading Organizations

    Refresh your vision and take away actionable insights to grow your organization’s reach and impact as you connect with other executive leaders.

    Track 4:

    Leading Sector Transformation

    Discover the tools to build influence and emerge as a voice for positive change across the development and humanitarian aid sectors.

    2023 Women’s Global Leadership Forum program

    Pre- 2023 WILD Forum skill-building workshops

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    12apr10:00 am11:00 amMasterclass: How to build mentoring relationshipsAliza Licht (USA), Noor Tazka (Syria)10:00 am - 11:00 am(GMT-04:00) View in my time

    19apr10:00 am10:45 amMasterclass: Network audit: Gain clarity and confidenceStephanie LeBlanc-Godfrey (USA)10:00 am - 10:45 am(GMT-04:00) View in my time

    26apr9:00 am10:00 amPanel: DEI challenges & opportunities: Translating DEI programs across multinational organizationsNeneh Diallo (USA), Clifton Kenon (USA), Liz Nagel (USA), Jessica Duque (USA), Jennifer Leisch (USA)9:00 am - 10:00 am(GMT-04:00) View in my time

    27apr9:00 am10:00 amMasterclass: Communicate artfully: Authentic, nuanced, impactfulHilary Blair (USA)9:00 am - 10:00 am(GMT-04:00) View in my time

    2023 Virtual Women in Global Development Leadership Forum

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    Day 1: Wednesday, May 3rd, 6am – 2:30pm ET | 11am – 7:30pm BST

    Healthy Start: "Flow with change: An all-level hatha yoga session"Lamis Daoud (USA)6:00 am - 6:30 am(GMT-04:00) View in my time

    Panel: Accessibility on an international scaleRuth Javati (Papua New Guinea)6:00 am - 6:45 am(GMT-04:00) View in my time

    Workshop: Daily coaching techniquesDina Scippa (USA), Maria Wade (USA), Sophie Makonnen (Canada), Patricia S. Gutierrez (Argentina)7:00 am - 7:45 am(GMT-04:00) View in my time

    Panel: Global voices of women leaders: Harnessing the power of youMalika Laasri (Morocco), Shalini Tripathi (Nepal), Ndeye Koroma (Sierra Leone), Moderator: Aysha House (USA)7:00 am - 7:45 am(GMT-04:00) View in my time

    Panel: Women Deliver’s transformation: Our ongoing journey to become an anti-racist organizationDarcy Allen De Gracia (USA), Zanda Desir (Saint Lucia), Maria Rendo (Argentina), Moderator: Maliha Khan (Pakistan)8:00 am - 8:45 am(GMT-04:00) View in my time

    Welcome! Day 1: KickoffLillian Chege (Kenya), Fiona Macaulay (Canada)9:00 am - 9:10 am(GMT-04:00) View in my time

    Keynote: “In your power: React less, regain control, raise others”Sharon Melnick (USA)9:10 am - 9:30 am(GMT-04:00) View in my time

    Panel: Global development leaders discuss their experience of being in (and out) of their powerTetiana Orlenko (Ukraine), Quanita Pokolo-Hassell (USA), Helen Anyasi (Nigeria), Divina Chingcuanco (Philippines), Moderator: Sharon Melnick (USA)9:30 am - 10:00 am(GMT-04:00) View in my time

    Breakout rooms: What are you taking away about being in your power?Discussion question: What are you taking away about being in your power?10:00 am - 10:15 am(GMT-04:00) View in my time

    Panel: Dynamic network for gender equityLaura Liswood (USA), Shelley Zalis (USA), Asha Castleberry-Hernandez (USA), Moderator: Fiona Macaulay (USA)10:30 am - 11:15 am(GMT-04:00) View in my time

    Masterclass: Selling with noble purpose : How to sell your cause without feeling ickyLisa Mcleod (USA)10:30 am - 11:15 am(GMT-04:00) View in my time

    Panel: Shifting realities, shifting capabilities: Understanding the evolving ecosystem of development and the next generation development professionalEvelyne Dioh Simpa (Senegal), Bama Athreya (USA), Yomna Mustafa (Egypt), Moderator: Tine Knott USA)11:30 am - 12:30 pm(GMT-04:00) View in my time

    Panel: You're 10 years into your career, now what?Rowshan Hannan (UK), Taylor Jack (USA)12:00 pm - 12:30 pm(GMT-04:00) View in my time

    Fireside Chat: Why we set a goal to have 50% of women in leadership positions by 2025 - and how we are going to get thereJonas Prising (USA), Moderator: Jason Ighani (Costa Rica)1:00 pm - 1:15 pm(GMT-04:00) View in my time

    Fireside chat: Sexual harassment: Taking stock post #MeTooKurt Nemes (USA), Sandra Bunch (USA)1:00 pm - 1:30 pm(GMT-04:00) View in my time

    Panel: Allyship in this moment: Hero or anti-hero?W. Brad Johnson (USA), Candido Pastor (Bolivia), Onno Ruhl (Switzerland), Carl Murrell (USA), Moderator: Jason Ighani (Costa Rica)1:15 pm - 2:00 pm(GMT-04:00) View in my time

    Community conversations: Leading in this momentChoose from ~25 concurrent, roundtable discussions 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm(GMT-04:00) View in my time

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    Day 2: Thursday, May 4th, 6am – 2:30pm ET | 11am – 7:30pm BST

    Community conversations: Leading in this momentChoose from ~25 concurrent roundtable discussions 6:00 am - 6:30 am(GMT-04:00) View in my time

    Plenary: Leadership in the context of decolonizing global developmentAissata Fall (Senegal), Sofia Sprechmann Sineiro (Uruguay), Gunjan Veda (India), Chernor Bah (Sierra Leone)6:45 am - 7:45 am(GMT-04:00) View in my time

    Panel: Co-leadership - The future of leadingZoe Greenwood (UK), Roisin Taylor (UK), Tatu Hey (Germany)7:00 am - 7:45 am(GMT-04:00) View in my time

    Panel: Leading from the C-SuiteShanna Marzilli (USA), Melizsa Mugyenyi (Kenya), Sylvia Megret (USA)8:00 am - 8:45 am(GMT-04:00) View in my time

    Keynote: Leading global diversity, equity and inclusion - From performative action to sustainable DEI progressDr. Rohini Anand (USA)9:00 am - 9:30 am(GMT-04:00) View in my time

    Panel: Intersectional leadership: The key to transformative equity, diversity, inclusion and accessibilityAnna Winoto (Indonesia), Dr. Nduka Iwuchukwu (Nigeria), Elizabeth Kellogg (USA), Mona Abdeljawad (Jordan), Moderator: Roslyn Brock (USA)9:30 am - 10:00 am(GMT-04:00) View in my time

    Breakout rooms: Global diversityAnna Winoto (Indonesia), Dr. Nduka Iwuchukwu (Nigeria), Elizabeth Kellogg (USA), Mona Abdeljawad (Jordan), Moderator: Roslyn Brock (USA), 10:00 am - 10:15 am(GMT-04:00) View in my time

    Panel: Donors leading the change – Funding locally-led development in AfricaConnie Shumba (Zimbabwe), Zahra Nensi (Tanzania), Sarah Mukasa (Uganda)10:30 am - 11:15 am(GMT-04:00) View in my time

    Lunch & virtual exhibitor booth open11:00 am - 11:30 am(GMT-04:00) View in my time

    Talks: Leadership FailLabLinca Michaella Tuyisenge (Burundi), Marianna Balampama (Tanzania), Lisa Simeon (USA), Evelyn Castle (Nigeria)11:30 am - 12:30 pm(GMT-04:00) View in my time

    Breakout rooms: Join the Leadership FailLab speaker of your choiceLinca Michaella Tuyisenge (Burundi), Marianna Balampama (Tanzania), Lisa Simeon (USA), Evelyn Castle (Nigeria) 12:30 pm - 1:00 pm(GMT-04:00) View in my time

    Closing plenary speaker: Invitations, not limitations: Embracing your wonderhellLaura Gassner Otting (USA)1:15 pm - 1:40 pm(GMT-04:00) View in my time

    Closing celebration! Networking session1:40 pm - 2:00 pm(GMT-04:00) View in my time

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    Post 2023 WILD Forum Workshop: Wednesday, May 31, 10am – 11:30am ET | 3pm – 4:30pm BST

    31may10:00 am11:30 amWorkshop: Ideas to action - How to take small and consistent steps for personal and professional changeMorag Barrett (USA)10:00 am - 11:30 am(GMT-04:00) View in my time

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    Formats

    Masterclasses

    A subject-matter expert will lead you through a structured process to develop and expand a specific skill. You’ll learn detailed techniques and tools you can immediately apply to your goals in real time. You’ll have the chance to ask questions directly to presenters.

    Inspiring panels

    Big ideas, important trends, illuminating research and behind-the-scenes intel that set the stage for the “what, why, and how” to advance leadership development and opportunities for ALL people.

    Workshops

    Take a deep-dive into pressing topics in the global development sector. Hear from multiple perspectives, and leave with concrete and transferable information, as well as an expanded network.

    Leadership FailLab

    Hear from leaders speak from the heart about their leadership failures and successes in one of our most popular sessions.

    Community conversations

    Participate in roundtables addressing critical questions for your sector and your career.

    Networking sessions

    Connect with your peers from around the globe through structured networking, organized by geography and sector.

    How you’ll learn, share and connect

    The WILD Forum brings you content and speakers that offer concrete and transferable learning in fun, inspiring formats.

    Another advantage? You’ll connect with others in an authentic way – which makes the WILD Forum one of the best networking events of the year.

    Thank you to the global community who shapes our program. More than 75 speakers bring their knowledge, lived experience and research to refine the WILD Forum conversation.

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