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The 5th goal of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.

Why Women

Why Women

One of the specific targets for SDGs’ 5th goal is to ensure women’s full and effective participation and equal opportunities for leadership at all levels of decision-making in political, economic and public life. While there has already been a significant growth of women at senior levels in the corporate sector, there is still a lack of women in leadership and advisory roles in social impact organisations.

Why Boards

Why Boards

Given the SDGs’ focus on leadership, it makes sense to first focus on boardrooms, as they are in the position to set the direction of organisations. Being a board member or advisor to an organisation enables individuals to contribute to the social impact sector whilst leveraging their network, leadership skills and technical knowledge. Additionally, the individuals also implement these learnings in their current roles.

Why this Program

Why this Program

While expanding leadership potential for non-profit organisations, the program looks to provide participants with the necessary perspectives, tools, means of engagement and networking opportunities with social impact organisations that align with their skill sets.

Program Objectives

  • Build a thorough understanding of the social sector

    Build a thorough understanding of the social sector

  • Develop an understanding of self in the context of the social sector

    Develop an understanding of self in the context of the social sector

  • Enable and guide the participant through a rigorous learning journey, shadowing and mentorship

    Deep-dive into Board roles and responsibilities

  • Deep-dive into Board roles and responsibilities

    Explore structures and processes that improve Board governance

  • Explore structures and processes that improve Board governance

    Cohort placements on the advisory boards of social impact organisations

Who is it for?

Women who have:

  • A minimum of 15 years of experience in any professional sector, such as corporate, academic or entrepreneurship, among others.

  • A desire to learn about, serve and influence social impact organisations.

  • An aspiration towards serving in a Board role.

  • Served in leadership positions and/ or led organisations, built businesses/ teams, possess deep expertise in a particular field.

What’s in it for you?

  • Exposure to the needs and challenges of the sector to help you find the areas where you can add most value

  • Advisory Board positions in the sector that align with your profile and interests

  • Mentorship and support during the first year to enable a smooth transition into the board role

  • Organisational preparedness sessions with Founders/ CEOs of social impact organisations to ensure their readiness to induct you as a new board member

  • Sector immersion through the intensive curriculum developed by social impact organisation governance expert, Aarti Madhusudan, and delivered by experienced sector leaders, practitioners and academia

Meet the Founding Cohort

Meet the Founding Cohort

Wondering whether this program suits you? Check out the profiles of our founding cohort.

View Cohort 1 Profiles

Learning Journey

This is a blended program (a mix of virtual + in-person) that comprises three modules. At the end of the program, participants will be matched with social impact organisations that can leverage the specific skills and expertise that they bring to the table. The participants will be provided with mentorship support during their onboarding phase.

Each module offers:

Cross-functional curriculum

Cross-functional curriculum focusing on perspectives, tools and means of engagement on social impact organisation boards

learning

Peer learning and experience-based exercises in the form of case studies, discussions, group work, activities and role play

Interaction with sector leaders

Interaction with sector leaders and experts

Reflection and self-work

Reflection and self-work

Through the modules you will explore the social impact sector and good governance in the context of social impact organisations as described below:

  • Module

    1

    Understanding of the Social Sector and Self in that Context

    This module provides a strong understanding of the sector, its challenges, founders’ journey and strategic imperatives for the organisational leadership. Participants will also be able to reflect on their own motivations and aspirations that will enable them to be more conscious of their alignment to specific domains within the social impact space and how their experience and expertise could be well-suited to those.

  • Module

    2

    Board Roles and Effectiveness

    This module will outline the role of a Board and the responsibilities associated with it both at the Board and the individual member level. It will also provide insights into the various types of Board role engagements aligned to the life stage of organisations.

  • Module

    3

    Governance Mechanisms and Best Practices

    The module will cover aspects like a rotation policy, the work of Board positions and committees, conflict/ duality of interest policies and Board development.

Program Schedule

Curriculum Mode Date
Informal City Meets In-person To be announced
Module 1: Understanding of the Social Sector and Self in that Context Virtual To be announced
Immersion: Spend a day at an organisation and engage with the Founders On-field: In their own city To be announced
Module 2: Board Roles and Effectiveness In-person To be announced
Case Studies Virtual: Group work To be announced
Module 3: Governance Mechanisms and Best Practices Immersive in a rural setting To be announced

Program Fees: INR 60,000 + GST

Potential Placement Organisations

For the Founding Cohort

Wellwishers and Partners

Aakash Sethi

Aakash Sethi

CEO

QUEST Alliance

Aashu Calapa

Aashu Calapa

Director

Social Venture Partners

Amita Chauhan

Amita Chauhan

Chairperson

Social Venture Partners Mumbai

Archana Grodia

Archana Grodia

Author, Entrepreneur, Business Leader

Ex- president FICCI FLO

Ashok Kamath

Ashok Kamath

Chairman

Akshara Foundation

Chetna Sinha

Chetna Sinha

Founder

Mann Deshi Foundation

Gopinath Govindan

Gopinath Govindan

Director - Human Resources

Apraava Energy

Ingrid Srinath

Ingrid Srinath

Director - Centre for Social Impact and Philanthropy (CSIP)

Ashoka University

Kruti Bharucha

Kruti Bharucha

Founder and CEO

Peepul

Narayanan Vaghul

Narayanan Vaghul

Philanthropist

ex-banker professional

Neelima Khetan

Neelima Khetan

CSR & Social Sector Adviser; Partner

Nous Consultants

Poonam Muttreja

Poonam Muttreja

Executive Director

Population Foundation of India

Raj Dharmaraj

Raj Dharmaraj

Head HR Strategic Deals-India & APAC

Cognizant

Ramya Rajagopalan

Ramya Rajagopalan

Sr Vice President - Strategic Partnerships

Piramal Foundation

Reshma Anand

Reshma Anand

CEO

Hindustan Unilever Foundation

Shailja Mehta

Shailja Mehta

Lead 10to19 Adolecsents Collaborative

Dasra

Shivani Mehta

Shivani Mehta

Executive Director

CORO INDIA

Urvashi Butalia

Urvashi Butalia

Publisher

Writer and co-founder of Kali for Women

Vanessa D'souza

Vanessa D'souza

CEO at SNEHA

(Society for Nutrition,
Education and Health Action)

Venkat Krishnan

Venkat Krishnan

Principal Trustee

India Welfare Trust

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Frequently Asked Questions

The primary goal of the Women on Boards program is to provide a platform that enables the transfer of learnings, thoughts and ideas, between the corporate and social impact sectors, while enabling higher diversity on nonprofit boards—diversity both in terms of women's participation and diversity of experience and expertise.

The program will aim to ensure active learning across sessions, via:

  • Case studies
  • Role play
  • Expert-led sessions
  • Exercises, activities and group work
  • Self-reflective work
  • Peer learning
  • Mentorship
  • Sector Immersion

This program is structured to include classroom engagement, one day of on-field immersion with organisations, self-reflective work and a deep dive into case studies. Hence, you would be required to dedicate 60 hours to classroom learning and 20 hours should be set aside for self-reflection.

As a participant, you will receive insights into the Indian social sector. In addition, you will find opportunities to serve on Advisory Boards of social impact organisations. The experience during and after this program will help build your institutional governance experience overall.

No. Attendance for every engagement is mandatory in order to complete the program and receive certification.

No, as a board member you won’t be entitled to any salary or honorarium.

Currently, we aren’t providing any financial assistance. You can reach out to your CSR department and discuss the funding possibilities with them. We are willing to facilitate that discussion and provide any necessary support.

It would depend on the organisation’s needs and the expectations set in the beginning. However, it would be a considerable amount of time for the organisation to benefit from your expertise.

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