Supported by a major grant from UNDP (UN Development Programme), the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) is bringing 18 women from Portuguese-speaking African countries to Brussels for eight days of intensive training.
The program running from 4-13 December 2013 follows a September event in Mozambique where over 100 African women gathered for a Women ' s L eadership Essentials Program, CCL's specially designed training for those who are often overlooked for leadership development.
"Poor leadership seems to be at the core of many challenges faced in Africa," says Sandrine Tunezerwe, CCL EMEA's team leader for the Brussels training. "But if you look closely, you see that many African women are already demonstrating leadership potential at individual, family, or community level. They truly have the power to make Africa a more peaceful and prosperous place through honing leadership skills relevant to daily life."
The Women ' s Leadership Essentials Program emphasizes peer learning, so the 18 women chosen by their national Parliaments will be taught how to use CCL's Training-of-Trainers approach. Once back in Africa, these "apprentices" will become the trainers and pass on the knowledge to other women, creating a cascading effect. CCL also will provide an integrated scaling and sustainability workshop in English and Portuguese to empower participants to create and sustain their own projects back home, plus a briefing on EU Development Funds.
Finally, participants will meet European Union representatives to discuss best practices for women's leadership.
This program reflects CCL's mission to benefit society worldwide. "We believe we can have positive impact through developing leaders at any level," explains David Altman, Executive VP and Managing Director CCL EMEA. "Another example is Leadership for Societal Impact: The Global Fellows Program, recently launched with Manchester Business School. The program delivered on four continents teaches senior executives to enhance economic value by creating sustainable societal impact."