2018 Forum to Advance Women’s Leadership in the International Development Sector


Interactive plenaries + Skill building workshops + Networking + Book-Signing

Our program is designed to challenge and inspire! Expect to:


✔   Develop individual leadership skills for female leaders of all levels within development organizations

✔   Share information about cutting edge research and tools to promote leadership development for all people within organizations

✔   Connect participants with inspiring experts and peers to create a community of  change-makers within the global social impact sector.  

✔  Demonstrate your commitment to stronger leadership and diverse leadership.

Who Should Attend? 


This one-day forum for seasoned and emerging leaders in the international development sector who want to deepen their individual leadership skills and build a culture of inclusive leadership in their organizations. Join participants from non-profits, private sector companies, governments, social enterprises, foundations and grant-making organizations. 


Participating Organizations

Join us to network, share your experience and learn, with this growing list of 225+ participants from 80+ leading organizations from across the international development sector.


  • AAUW

  • Abt Associates

  • Accion



  • ASU

  • Brandmirror

  • CARE

  • Chemonics

  • Citi

  • Counterpart

  • Creative Associates

  • Devex

  • Duke University - Margolis Center for Health Policy

  • Encompass World

  • EY

  • Focal Point Global

  • International Republican Institute

  • Creative Associates

  • Creative Learning

  • DAI

  • Devex

  • Dialogue for Solutions

  • Diversity@Work

  • Equal Measures 2030

  • FHI 360

  • FHI Foundation

  • Fundacion Capital

  • Georgetown University School for Foreign Service

  • Georgetown University McDonough School of Business

  • Global Communities

  • Haven Human Assets

  • Humentum

  • IADB

  • IFC

  • International Purpose

  • International Youth Foundation (IYF)

  • IRI

  • Junior Achievement Worldwide

  • JSI

  • Kinnos

  • Kupenda

  • Localized

  • MCC

  • MEDA

  • Microinsurance Center

  • MSI

  • Nathan Associates

  • OAS

  • Orb International

  • Pact 

  • Plan USA

  • Production Solutions

  • Promundo Global

  • Prince William School County

  • Quantified ventures

  • Resonance Global

  • RTI International

  • Save the Children US

  • The SEEP Network

  • Solar Sister

  • Tetra Tech

  • Twomentor LLC

  • U.S. Department of State



  • USP

  • Vital Voices

  • WANDA: Women Advancing Nutrition, Dietetics and Agriculture

  • The Wilson Center Global Women's Leadership Initiative

  • Womena

  • World Vision

  • Women Advancing Microfinance (WAM)

  • Women Impact Investing Network

  • Women in Global Health

  • The World Bank

  • 12pointfive

2018 Partners


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Media Partners

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8:30 - 9:00


Coffee and Networking


9:00 - 9:15am


Kick-off: Women, Courage and Power  
Fiona Macaulay, Founder & CEO, WILD Network


9:15  - 10:00am  


Key-Note: How Women Rise: Break the 12 Habits Holding You Back from Your Next Raise, Promotion or Job
Speaker: Sally Helgesen, Award-winning researcher and author


10:00 - 10:30am: 


Stretch Break  


10:30 - 11:15am


At the Forefront: Women and Leadership in the International Development Sector

  • Louise Fox, Chief Economist, USAID

  • Tessie San Martin, President and CEO, Plan International USA

  • Maha Yassine, Senior Program Coordinator, Human Rights, Vital Voices Global Partnership

  • Sanola A. Daley, Private Sector Gender Specialist

  • Moderator: Megan Gilgin, Deputy Chief of Staff, UNICEF


11:15 - 11:45am


Developing a Company-Wide Culture of Coaching Across a Global NGO

  • Asheesh Advani, CEO, Junior Achievement Worldwide

  • Erin Sawyer, Vice President, Junior Achievement Worldwide

  • Ben Olds, Executive Leadership Coach, Haven Human Asset Venture


11:45 - 12:05pm


Break - Transition to Roundtables


12:05 - 12:45pm


Peer-Peer Learning Roundtables - Join a topic of your choosing  

  • Challenges and Triumphs of the Women Chief of Party (COP) - Nora Brown & Catherine Johnston, DAI

  • Male Allies and Their Role to Close the "Leaky Pipeline" - Ellen Yount, MSI; Apta Garg, Promundo-US

  • Out of the Shadows: Creating Space for Black Women Leaders to Thrive - Nana Apenem Dagadu, Save the Children; Hassanatu Blake, Focal Point Global; Tambra Raye Stevenson, WANDA; Abigail Bokoye, World Vision

  • Make Being a Working Mom Work For You - Mimi Darmstadter, Metropolitan Area Working Mother’s Alliance & Francesca Molinaro, Chemonics

  • Field Office or Home Office? Navigating Pathways to Leadership - Anna Slother & Terri Kristalsky, Chemonics

  • Banking on Women's Leadership: Fostering Leadership Among Global Partners in the Financial Inclusion Space - Xochitl Sanchez, ACTION, Women Advancing Microfinance (WAM), DC Chapter

  • Networks and Networking - Liz Whitehead, 12pointFive

  • Navigating the Rapids: Women Leaders in Multi-Cultural Environments - Lisa Tarantino, Abt Associates

  • Woman in a Man’s World: the Impact of Social Norms on Career Choice and Potential - Rose Mary Garcia, Creative Associates

  • “She Always Runs a Great Meeting” - Manasi Kapoor, Gartner and Anjali Shahani Moreno, Accion Global Advisory Solutions

  • How to Move the Needle on Gender Equality and Social Inclusion Across Your Organization - Andrea Bertone, FHI360, and Elise Young, FHI 360

  • Developing Your Personal Brand - Lisa Leander, Vital Voices

  • How to Build Feminist Leadership - Keshet Bachan, Diversity@Work and Judithe Registr, Inclusivus

  • Women Leading in Finance: Practical Lessons to Succeed in a Male-Dominated Field - Dipa Sharif, Quantified Ventures and Ranjani Sridharan, Women Impact Investing Network (WIIN)

  • How to Drive Change as an INTRArapreneur: Rosario Londono, Sr. Advisor of Innovation and Impact Investment at CNS Global Advisors


12:45 - 1:30pm




1:30 - 3:15pm 


Choose to attend one of the following sessions

Journeys of Inclusive Leadership: Sector-Wide and Company Level    

  Part I:  View from the Top   

Executive leaders from leading the US Government and leading U.S.-based international development companies share the journeys that their organizations are on to promote inclusive leadership 

  • Susan Fine, Acting Assistant to the Administrator, Bureau for Policy, Planning and Learning, USAID

  • Jean Gilson, Senior Vice President, Global Strategy, DAI

  • Debbie Kennedy, COO, FHI 360

  • Lisa May, Executive Vice President, Human Resources, RTI

  • Sylvia Megret, COO, ACDI VOCA

  • Susi Mudge, President and CEO, Chemonics

Moderator: Fiona Macaulay, Founder & CEO WILD Network

Part II:   What Does it Take to Transform a Sector?   

Lightening talks from three leaders using a combination of data, advocacy and other approaches to change their sectors.

  • “Why Aren’t There More Women Represented in the Highest Levels of Global Health and What Can We Do About It?” Roopa Dhatt, Director, Women Leaders in Global Health Initiative

  • "Working to 50% of all Public Service Leadership Positions Across the Globe by 2050." Gwen Young, Director, Women in Public Service Project, The Wilson Center

  • "5-Point Action Plan Designed to Help Companies Accelerate the Pace of Achieving Gender Parity" Kathleen Luparello, Executive Director, Paradigm for Parity

MC: Sarah Hillware, Senior Consultant, The World Bank

Successful Salary Negotiation for Women       

The wage gap has long-term consequences.  In this workshop you will learn how to confidently and successfully negotiate your salary and benefits packages. You’ll gain confidence in your negotiation style through facilitated discussion and role-playing and learn how to:

  • Identify and articulate your personal value

  • Develop an arsenal of persuasive responses and other strategies

  • Conduct objective market research to benchmark a target salary and benefits

  • And, practice your negotiation!

 Workshop facilitators: Kimberly Churches, CEO; Abigail Lewis, Vice-President;  Claudia Richards, Senior Manager, Branch Relations American Association of University Women (AAUW)  


3:15 - 3:30pm


Transition Break


3:30 - 4:30pm


Interactive Workshops - Join the session of your choosing

  • Sponsorship (vs. mentorship) as a Game-Changer for Women Leaders - Julie Kantor, Founder & CEO, Twomentor

  • Executive Presence and Public Narrative Training: Telling Your Story to Compel Action – Using your voice to mobilize others - Andy Rabens, Special Advisor for Global Youth Issues, U.S. Department of State

  • Building Your Personal Brand: Strategies to Amplify Your Voice and Drive Change - Jen Dalton, Founder, BrandMirror

  • Female Founders of Social Enterprises Set to Scale: What Support is Critical for Greater Impact and to Personally Thrive?

    • Moderator: Alexis Bonnell, Chief, Applied Innovation & Acceleration, USAID Global Development Lab at USAID

    • Ronit Avni, Founder and CEO Localized

    • Katherine Jin, Co-Founder and COO at Kinnos

    • Katherine Lucey, Founder and CEO, Solar Sister

    • Ana Pantelic, Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer, Fundación Capital

    • Jenny Abramson, Founder and Managing Partner of Rethink Impact (invited)


4:30 - 4:45pm  




4:45 - 5:30pm


Interactive Plenary:  Restore Yourself! The Antidote for Professional Exhaustion In this interactive and fun plenary, Dr. Edy Greenblatt uses tools, knowledge and research from her award winning book Restore Yourself: The Antidote for Professional Exhaustion for leaders to keep themselves, and their colleagues, resilient during periods of uncertainty and rapid change. Better energy management helps everyone accomplish more of what matters to us!  


5:30 - 5:45pm


Taking Our Momentum Forward: Individually, Organizationally and as a  Sector


5:45 - 6:45pm


Celebratory Reception + Book Signing with Sally Helgesen



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Keynote Speaker: Sally Helgesen

Sally speaks about how unwritten rules and expectations routinely undermine successful women as they move to the next level in their careers, whether it's a new job, a big promotion, or taking their company to the next level.  She offers concrete advice about what women themselves have the power to change, which is always going to be our own habits and behaviors. Be ready to interact, reflect on your goals and leave this plenary inspired and with new knowledge and tools to take your career to the next level. This event also serves as the Washington DC book launch of: How Women Rise: Break the 12 Habits Holding You Back from Your Next Raise, Promotion or Job.

Event Info

June 6, 2018

Location  Whittmore House, 1526 New Hampshire Avenue, Washington DC, 20036

8:30 - 9:00am: Networking & Coffee

9:00am - 5:45pm: Main Program

5:45 - 6:45pm: Reception and book signing with Sally Helgesen

Become a Partner for the 2019 Forum!

Please be in touch with us to discuss becoming a partner of the 2019 forum and highlight your support of women and diverse leadership.