WomenLift Health Launches Inaugural India Leadership Journey



Thirty mid-career women will undertake a year-long, fully funded program to expand their power and impact in global health

April 04, 2022

WomenLift Health launched the inaugural India Leadership Journey for midcareer women in health today. Thirty accomplished women from across the sector have been selected for this year-long, fully funded program, which provides midcareer women with the tools – confidence, networks and an understanding of barriers – along with mentorship, coaching and peer support, to successfully use their voice, expertise and leadership skills for health impact.

“It gives me great pleasure to introduce these remarkable women as the Leadership Journey’s first India cohort,” said Dr Shagun Sabarwal, India Program and Global Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Director, WomenLift Health. “I am confident that they will find this to be a collaborative and supportive space, where they can develop a leadership style that is more authentic, inclusive, strategic and impactful.”

The Leadership Journey is a candid, exploratory and results-driven learning experience that provides high-potential leaders with the insights needed to make purposeful choices and expand their individual impact in the field of global health. It builds on maximizing personal leadership power to accelerate influence across networks and drive global change. Following two successful cohorts in the U.S., the tools and frameworks have been contextualized to address the individual, organizational and societal issues faced by women leaders in India. 

The program is highly interactive and designed to have immediate and practical applications to build confidence and strategically navigate workplace and career challenges. Over the course of 12 months, participants will engage in virtual learning touchpoints, virtual group mentoring, one-on-one coaching sessions and a self-directed leadership project. They will be supported throughout by their coaches, mentors, facilitators, peers and eminent figures in the global health sector. 

With more Leadership Journeys taking place in the U.S. and East Africa, alumnae will be part of a lifelong network of allies at local, regional and global levels, which will provide opportunities for cross-learning beyond the duration of the program. The women will continue to provide support to each other and to new cohort members and to advocate for women’s leadership.

“I truly believe that the India Leadership Journey offers a fantastic opportunity for talented Indian women leaders to become the drivers of change rather than recipients of programs or interventions,” said Dr Sabarwal. “India is facing a number of health challenges as we look to recover from the Covid-19 pandemic. To achieve meaningful change, it is imperative that we address the inequalities that continue to hamper our efforts and reimagine leadership by bringing more women to the decision-making table.”


The 2022 Leadership Journey India Cohort

The 2022 Leadership Journey India Cohort was selected via nomination for the first year, but an application process will be open from next year onwards. 

For more information on the 2022 Leadership Journey India cohort, visit: https://www.womenlifthealth.org/southasia/india/2022-cohort/

To learn more about the Leadership Journey, visit: https://www.womenlifthealth.org/southasia/india/about-the-journey/ and https://www.womenlifthealth.org/the-leadership-journey/.

About WomenLift Health

Established in 2019, WomenLift Health works to advance equality in health leadership through a range of actions at the individual, institutional and societal levels. Through our signature Leadership Journey, we invest in the capacity of midcareer women, actively working with them to expand their power and influence in health – across countries, cultures, sectors and disciplines. In addition to investing in the woman leader’s agency for change, our work includes engaging in conversations and partnerships with health institutions to influence the environment in which people live and work. It also includes leveraging societal momentum by fostering a global dialogue about the importance of women’s leadership and amplifying the voices of national and global leaders, including at our annual conference, Women Leaders in Global Health. 

For more information, please visit www.womenlifthealth.com or write to indiajourney@womenlifthealth.org.