ILSS Emerging Women’s Leadership Program (EWLP)

The Emerging Women’s Leadership Program (EWLP) is an intensive 11-week program designed to support the leadership development journeys of emerging women leaders in the social sector. The Program equips leaders with the necessary knowledge, skills, and tools to advance their leadership journey, and create impact in the sector.

Program Outcomes

The ILSS Emerging Women’s Leadership Program (EWLP) leads to building the following for our participants:

  • Understanding Gender: A deep awareness of various lenses through which gender plays a role in women achieving their maximum potential
  • Capacity Building: Build competencies that are necessary for women to be successful leaders in the social sector
  • Understanding the Self: Increased confidence and conviction to advance one’s career
  • Peer Community Network: Access to a community of people championing their success, including peers and coaches
  • Knowledge, Skills & Attitudes: One’s own knowledge bank on leadership that includes a range of tools, templates and frameworks as well as other resources
  • A Personal Development Plan with how to apply learnings post the program at work and beyond


Module 1: Decoding Gender in the Workplace

This module will examine the social and systemic power structures at play which shape the way women experience, and move through, contemporary Indian society. It will build an understanding of key concepts of gender, sexuality and intersectionality, and unpack dynamics of gender in the workplace, and how it impacts one as a woman in this space

Module 2: Leading Self & Others

Through a deep examination of the self-limiting beliefs which women experience, participants will undergo an introspective journey which brings to fore their own interpretations of personal values, and how to build their leadership style. This module will also focus on delving into the nuances of communication, and the art of storytelling. It will highlight how to grow one’s capabilities on leading the self and others, focused on the nuances as a woman.

Module 3: Leading Movements

The final module will outline how to build leadership for change at an organizational level, and beyond. It will best enable our participants to interact and network with the social sector ecosystem to affect change, including building networking skills, and a strong understanding of how to transform ideas into action.


The curriculum is built to integrate a range of different learning formats and styles, drawing from expert knowledge, to on-ground research and case studies, as well as peer-to-peer learning.

This will include learning from:
- Self including self-assessments and reflection journals
- Peers including small group discussions, practice circles and peer feedback
- Leaders including workshops, coaching, lectures, and panel discussions
- Published knowledge including books, articles, and case studies

Speakers & Faculty

Ecosystem Guides

Who Can Apply

  • Essential to have 7+ years of overall professional experience
  • Strongly preferred to have at least 1 year of experience in the social sector
  • Strongly preferred to be from an organization which has been in existence for at least 3 years
  • Program Dates

    The Program will run in a Blended Format for 11 weeks as follows:

    - An In person component in Delhi-NCR from 4 July 2024
    - Followed by a 10 week online learning component

  • Program Fees

    INR 1,00,000 + GST
    Merit and Need-Based Scholarships are available

  • Applications Due Date

    We are now accepting applications:
    Program Start Date: 4 July 2024
    Scholarship Deadline: 20 May 2024
    Application Deadline: 10 June 2024

    Applications are processed on a rolling basis.

  • Contact Us


    Phone: +91-8527500306

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