What’s Hot in Latin America? Women’s Leadership

Campus Aloysio FariaThe 2016 FDC-Smith Women’s Global Leadership Program takes place from September 11 – 16, 2016 at the Aloysio Faria, Nova Lima campus of Fundação Dom Cabral. This year’s program promises to be yet another great experience for women in Brazil and Latin America. Registration for this program is now open, and as our research shows, the time to invest in women’s leadership in LATAM is now.

Four years ago Smith College Executive Education and Fundação Dom Cabral (FDC), the #1 business school in Latin America for the 11th year in a row, partnered to host the first all-women

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2014 FDC – Smith Women’s Global Leaders Program

leadership development program in Latin America. At the time, the women’s leadership initiative in the Latin American region was stagnant; less than 4 percent of board chairs in Brazil belonged to women. There was a real opportunity to not only address this issue, but to design a solution – the FDC-Smith Global Women’s Leadership Program.

In 2013 we set out to learn more about the state of women’s leadership development in Latin America. We teamed up to meet with and interview women executives from across LATAM and their employers. What did we learn? We found that to women executives who participated in our focus groups it was important to have access to leadership development and advancement opportunities.

The FDC-Smith Women’s Global Leaders Program launched in 2014. Five days of transformational leadership development with a uniquely LATAM fingerprint boosted confidence, developed skills, and connected women across industries. Women executives in Brazil and Latin America were eager to build their leadership acumen and connect with other high-performing female peers for networking, mentoring, and career-sustaining support.

Since the launch of the FDC-Smith Women’s Global Leaders Program in 2014, the importance of women’s leadership development has grown throughout the region. Independent research backs up this trend with hard numbers. In 2010, McKinsey & Company reported that 21 percent of respondents in Latin America said gender diversity was a top priority; in 2013, 37 percent said the same, and of those executives, 80 percent said their CEOs and top-management teams are either fully or very committed to taking action on this issue.

You can register yourself or a woman on your team for the 2016 FDC-Smith Women’s Leadership Program via FDC’s website.

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