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Transforming Leadership

IWF’s world-class Leadership Fellows Program accelerates the career path of high-performing women, catalyzing their potential, and elevating their impact within companies worldwide. The program was developed in direct response to the 1991 US Glass Ceiling Report, which identified three key barriers that restrict the potential of women leaders:

  • Inadequate leadership training
  • Limited access to professional networks
  • Lack of mentors

Now in its 30th year, the IWF Leadership Fellows Program is unique among leadership development programs globally. Its scope, rigor, and results make it an unparalleled tool for career development and succession planning.

A Record of Success

30 Year track record

730+ Accelerated careers

56 Countries


To strengthen the next generation of women leaders

A World-Class Curriculum

Customized instruction that includes a 3-day leadership immersion to set the stage for the year; a 4-day program at INSEAD; a weeklong experience at Harvard Business School; virtual masterclasses with IWF thought leaders; and a substantive legacy project that benefits Fellows’ organizations and communities.

A Network of the World’s Most Accomplished Women

Fellows engage with IWF’s global membership at conferences that feature cutting-edge content, topnotch speakers, and small group dinners for a networking and bonding experience that is one-of-a-kind.

Intensive and Bespoke Mentoring

Program participants are matched with IWF members who volunteer to share their wise counsel to help Fellows achieve individual professional development goals.

Enduring Bonds for Life

Fellows become part of a powerful cohort of high-performing peers and alumni who support and enrich the professional and personal lives of participants well beyond the fellowship.

Ready to take your career to the next level?

Learn how to become a Leadership Fellow.

30 years of shaping the next generation of transformational leaders

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Conferences with cutting-edge content, topnotch speakers, and one-of-a-kind bonding experiences

A powerful cohort of high-performing peers who support and enrich each other’s professional and personal lives

3-day Leadership Immersion to set the stage for the year

A world-class curriculum customized to meet the leadership needs of next-generation leaders

Building trust and forming community with other Fellows

A network of the world’s most accomplished women

We believe the potential for women is unlimited and opportunities should be as well.

Leadership Fellows “Pay It Forward”

Dr. Miriam Laker
Global Director of Research, GiveDirectly and a Senior Research Scientist and Epidemiologist, Uganda
Romina Fernandez
CEO, Danone Specialized Nutrition North America (Former CEO, Danone Argentina)

Help Advance Women’s Leadership

Learn more about supporting our Leadership Fellows Program as a corporation, or as an IWF member.