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Santa Clara University-based Global Women's Leadership Network Aims to Convert Women's Business Dreams into Concrete Reality

Buying land for survivors of domestic violence in Uganda. Providing dozens of scholarships and meals for Malawi students. Training hundreds of women to be trekking guides in Nepal.

For the past five years, projects like these around the world have become a reality thanks to a dedicated group called the Global Women’s Leadership Network (GWLN) and its annual Women Leaders for the World (WLW) training and coaching program. The fifth annual program—consisting of a one-week residential program and three-month follow-up coaching—begins December 6–11 at Santa Clara University and in Palo Alto.

The 19 women in this year’s cohort are from Kenya, Uganda, South Africa, Zambia, India, Turkey, the Middle East, and the United States. Their goals are varied: to teach Ugandan women farmers to grow sustainable cash crops; to educate South African teachers to be better tutors of girls; to empower the youth of rural India to drive change. Their stories and biographies are available at

The residential leadership development program is a joint effort between Santa Clara University’s Leavey School of Business and the GWLN. Santa Clara University houses the GWLN, which oversees a coaching team that spends three months after the program helping the participants enact their visions. Read more.

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