CWLI Programs

The Center for Women’s Leadership Initiatives (WLI) develops and manages dynamic, innovative and substantiveprograms to cultivate and support women as leaders and change makers around the world.

Women Enhancing Technology (WeTech)

Women Enhancing Technology (WeTech)

Women Enhancing Technology (WeTech) is a CGI Commitment to Action to help women and girls enter and succeed in technology careers. WeTech will train women and girls, build networks and offer professional opportunities across Africa, India and the United States, developing the skills needed to fuel technological and economic growth. As WeTech Manager, IIE has brought together a powerful array of corporate program partners and aims to expand the consortium and grow its resources.

Higher Education readiness (HER) Program

Higher Education Readiness (HER)

IIE’s Higher Education Readiness HER program provides young women in secondary school from underserved communities with a path to university. A three-year pilot project in Ethiopia, HER provides 100 girls entering the 11th grade with scholarship support combined with innovative leadership and life skills training to help them complete their secondary education and equip them with the tools needed to continue on to university.

TechWomen Mentee Orientation


TechWomen empowers, connects, and supports the next generation of women leaders in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) from Africa and the Middle East by providing them the access and opportunity needed to advance their careers, pursue their dreams, and inspire women and girls in their communities. Through mentorship and exchange, TechWomen strengthens participants’ professional capacity, increases mutual understanding between key networks of professionals, and expands girls’ interest in STEM careers by exposing them to female role models. TechWomen was launched by former Secretary of State Hilary Clinton in 2011.

Elham Ali—EWLP

Ethiopia Women’s Leadership Program (EWLP)

EWLP creates champions of women’s health, education and economic empowerment through leadership development. The nine-month program is integrated into several Ethiopian universities, and enables young women to strengthen their educational outcomes and emerge as the next generation of women leaders. University administrators, gender officers and academic staff are key partners in EWLP,  as they learn to strengthen the systems of support for women students.

WES participants

Women's Enterprise for Sustainability (WES)

Launched in April 2012, this initiative is building the capacity of local Tunisian women’s organizations to deliver needed and effective training to women entrepreneurs. IIE partners with technology companies such as LinkedIn, eBay, and Microsoft. WES provides training in the areas of technology, social media, entrepreneurship, leadership and professional skills. Partner organizations enhance sustainability with enhanced business acumen, new training offerings, and a resultant revenue stream. WES also develops and networks women entrepreneurs with leadership skills that drives their advancement professionally, economically and personally.


African Centers of Excellence for Women’s Leadership Initiative

ACE-Leaders supports four organizations in Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda and Ethiopia to develop centers of excellence in women’s advocacy and leadership training in Sub-Saharan Africa. ACE-Leaders provide a space for sharing experiences and networking to mobilize women for change.

LDM State Fellows

Leadership Development for Mobilizing Reproductive Health Program (LDM)

Leadership Development for Mobilizing Reproductive Health Program works on pressing global health issues such as HIV/AIDS, adolescent reproductive health, gender-based violence, access to quality family planning services and improved maternal health care.

2011 One Young World Summit in Zurich

Chevron International REACH Scholarship Program

The Chevron International REACH Scholarship Program has assisted over 470 women, 58% of total participants, from 51 countries in pursuing post-secondary education.

Past Programs


E-Mediat: Tools, Technology and Training

E-Mediat: Tools, Technology and Training, with funding and support from the U.S. Department of State’s Middle East Partnership Initiative, Microsoft, Craigslist Charitable Fund and Cisco, provide 250 NGOs with new media skills and resources to help advance their missions and expand their support to local communities.

IVLP Participant Volunteerism

International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP)

International Visitor Leadership Program convened 100 women leaders from around the world to highlight key foreign policy issues impacting girls and women worldwide through the Department of State’s 100 Years, 100 Women Initiative, organized to celebrate the100th anniversary of International Women’s Day.

Susan G. Komen for the Cure Brazil Group

Susan G. Komen for the Cure Global Initiative for Breast Cancer Awareness

Susan G. Komen for the Cure Global Initiative for Breast Cancer Awareness awarded nearly 60 community grants to support strong networks as women leaders transform lessons learned into action.

WIT participant at computer

Women in Technology

The WIT program empowers women and expands their participation in the workforce by providing local NGOs, and the women they serve, with cutting-edge training in business planning, professional development, information technology and entrepreneurship. IIE partnered with the State Department, Microsoft and Cisco Systems, to train over 11,000 women in nine countries. Since U.S. government funding ended, thousands of women have graduated owing to the sustainability model at the core of the WIT program.

    Women in the Global Economy

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