Women's World Banking Receives a Grant from Financial Women's Association Microfinance Initiative April 3, 2007 The Financial Women‚Äôs Association (FWA) announced today that a grant of $3,000 will be made by its Microfinance Initiative to Women‚Äôs World Banking for its pioneering program for women leaders. ACCION‚Äôs leadership program with Harvard University is also being recognized with a grant. WWB‚Äôs Women‚Äôs Leadership Development Program is a three-year program designed to yield a cadre of trained and committed women, inspired by the WWB network mission and vision, committed to the WWB principles and ways of working, and ready to take on the reins of leadership and management in microfinance in the next era. The cornerstone of the program is WWB‚Äôs Women in Leadership course, for which the FWA grant was given. The Women in Leadership course was developed in collaboration with the Wharton Center for Leadership and Change Management and launched in 2006. This five day, highly participatory workshop is designed to help participants to think strategically about their impact as women leaders. Participants have an opportunity to analyze their professional contexts as well as their own styles and competencies. The program helps these women develop strategies to increase skills and experiences needed for leadership development. The program targets high potential women leaders in the WWB network, those who have demonstrated the ability to lead people in their organizations and already occupy senior leadership positions in their organization. In announcing this grant, FWA expressed enthusiasm about the leadership program as yet another way for them to fulfill their own mission and tradition of women helping women.