Emerging Leader Women and Girls Sector

Applications have now closed for the 2018 cohort, however we are planning to run a second iteration of the programme in 2019. You can register your interest here.  

Are you leading a team, project, or department in the Women and Girls sector?  Are you keen to build a stronger women's movement, while forging new collaborations and tackling the key issues facing Women and Girls sector organisations?

Our Emerging Leader Women and Girls Sector Programme, developed in collaboration with key sector representatives, is designed to provide an intensive six-month leadership development programme for Emerging Leaders across the Women and Girls sector. The programme's purpose is to facilitate the building of a stronger  women's movement led by a generation of skilled, empowered, and generous social leaders. 

Built around our Social Leaders’ Capabilities Framework, which outlines the attributes, behaviours and skills required to become successful social leaders, the programme is aimed at ambitious and committed leaders, who seek to expand their leadership capabilities and make a real and lasting impact within their sector. With extensive face-to-face learning, including individual coaching, a personalised 360 review and two residentials, the programme focuses on self-development and provides a host of opportunities to forge rewarding networks that can aid solidarity and build a collaborative and empowered women's movement. 

Upon the successful completion of the programme, participants are awarded the Clore Social Fellowship and are encouraged to play an active role in our Leader’s community.  

This programme has been made possible due to the generous support of Comic Relief, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, The Pilgrim Trust, and Rosa, The UK Fund for Women and Girls. Please visit our Support Us page for more information.

Who the programme is for

  • Individuals working within the Women & Girls Sector

  • Individuals working in organisations run by, for and with women and girls

  • Those with 3-6 years experience with the sector, with experience of leading projects or people, including volunteers. This can include experience as a volunteer and does not need to be 3-6 years of consecutive experience.  (For those with 6+ years' experience, see our Senior Leader Programme Women and Girls Sector

  • The organisation must be a social purpose, not for profit organisation. This includes charity, social enterprise and community group

  • Individuals seeking to enhance their leadership capabilities, improving their understanding of their strengths and areas for development

 Programme features

  • 360 degree leadership capability review – providing you with a full overview of your strengths and potential as a leader
  • Individualised leadership development plan to put into immediate action
  • Two x 2.5 day residentials which give the opportunity to build connections across the sector as well as sessions delivered by world class experts focused on self-awareness, growing personal resilience and working more effectively with others.
  • Team challenge based in the context of the social sector and current trends, to develop a tangible solution or resource for the sector and its leaders, whilst also providing a safe place to practice your new leadership capabilities.
  • Individual coaching, engaging in Action Learning Sets and completing a short placement
  • A maximum of 24 participants per cohort
  • Clore Social Fellowship Award upon completion, with opportunity to become part of a close-knit peer community


  • Improved personal effectiveness translating into tangible results for your organisation
  • Increased self-awareness, insight into your strengths and areas for development
  • Increased resilience and a set of tools and models that help you become a more agile leader
  • A deeper understanding of how you work with and through others, and how others perceive your ability as a leader
  • A lasting peer network of social sector leaders who provide support and new perspectives
  • Growth of Social Leaders’ Capabilities and improved personal effectiveness, which translates into tangible results for you and your organisation
  • Tools and techniques to take back to your own organisation to grow other leaders, improving leadership across your organisation.

Programme Fees

Thanks to the generous support of funders including Comic Relief, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, The Pilgrim Trust, and Rosa, The UK Fund for Women and Girls, we are able to offer this programme at a highly subsidised rate. 

The cost of the programme will be £500 per participant for those working in organisations with an annual income of greater than £200,000.

For those with an annual income of under £200,000 a hardship fund has been created to cover participant fees and a contribution towards travel costs. 

Start dates 

The programme will commence in October 2018, with a duration of 6 months and a total time commitment of 20-22 days. This equates to 2.5-3 days a months with the option to undertake much of the programme learning outside working hours.


Applications have now closed for the 2018 cohort, however we are planning to run a second iteration of the programme in 2019. You can register your interest here.  



Contact us
0207 812 3770
5th Floor, Kings Place, 90 York Way
London, N19AG

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