Japanese Women's Leadership Initiative (JWLI) Fellows Program

"The Japanese Women's Leadership Initiative embodies what women can accomplish by identifying their strengths and building their visions...inspiring participants through their experiences, so they can transfer the lessons they've learned to others."(Women MBA: Women of Color Magazine, Spring 2008, Charlotte Thomas)"

Each year, beginning in 2007, four Japanese women have been invited to Boston as JWLI Fellows to learn about the U.S. nonprofit sector and to develop their leadership potential. The program includes "hands-on" training with successful Boston-based nonprofit organizations and tutorials in the areas of nonprofit management. During one week of the program, the Fellows participate in the training program, "Strategic Leadership for Women," at the Simmons College School of Management. Each Fellow develops an action plan for implementation upon return to Japan that addresses the goals of their vision and dreams. The JWLI Fellows Program is funded by the Fish Family Foundation.

Read more at the JWLI website.

Japanese Women's Leadership Initiative (JWLI) Forum Program

The United States-Japan Foundation, based in New York City, approved funding for a three year grant to CGO at the Simmons School of Management to create the Japanese Women's Leadership Initiative Forum Program in Japan. The new program was based upon the success of the U.S. based Japanese Women's Leadership Initiative Fellows Program, coupled with the growing interest in nonprofit organizations because of the keen needs of society in Japan, the growth in recognition of the Japanese government of the value or nonprofits organizations, and the interest of more women in Japan to take on leadership roles. The program was designed to provide a three-year series of Forums in Japan as part of the movement to create social change by strengthening the capacity of women to provide leadership and work effectively for change while educating a broader audience about the value of the nonprofit sector and its potential role in addressing social issues.

Read more at the JWLI website.

Carnegie Corporation - African Universities Gender Research Network (AUGERN)

The aim of the AUGERN network is to create and maintain a network of women leaders in African Universities through annual meetings focusing on Gender Mainstreaming Implementers, site interventions, workshops, inter-university support, and regular formal communication with other members of the network.

Our Network partners are:

The AUGERN Program is funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York.

NIH - Promoting and Supporting the Careers of Women of Color in Academic Medicine

Through a multi-year grant from the National Institutes of Health, CGO, as a subcontractor of Harvard Medical School, conducted an interdisciplinary, multi-institutional, mixed-methods study, Factors that Promote and Support the Careers of Women of Color in Academic Medicine, that sought to clarify the characteristics and interrelationships of institutional, individual and sociocultural factors that influence the entry, progression, persistence and advancement of women of color (WOC) (African American, Hispanic, Native American/Alaskan Native, and Asian American) faculty in academic medicine.

The overall research question and hypothesis was addressed through four aims:

  1. To characterize academic medical institutions in terms of institutional structure, mission, promotion and tenure policies and faculty supports, especially for WOC
  2. To characterize individual, institutional and sociocultural factors that influence the entry, progression and persistence of WOC in academic medical careers
  3. To determine the career trajectories, including the performance of WOC in academic medical careers
  4. To elucidate the interplay between individual, institutional, and sociocultural factors as they relate to career outcomes.

National Council for Research on Women (NCRW)

  • Grant for Diversity and Inclusion 
  • Diversifying the Leadership of Women's Research Centers was a two-year Ford Foundation-funded project. CGO used the grant for the implementation of two diversity leadership strategies: the creation and institutionalization of a Steering Committee of women of color and the creation of the New Generation of Scholars Program for young women of color. At present, there are five women of color CGO affiliates, but only one of these women is based at Simmons. The women of color steering committee developed a two-year plan for determining the direction of research, publications, outside speakers and opportunities for affiliate speaking engagements in the areas of gender and diversity at CGO. For the New Scholars Program, three women from the designated groups who are conducting cutting-edge research were selected to receive editorial, publication and dissemination support.

    Oxfam America

    CGO continues to work with Oxfam America on the Oxfam Gender Mainstreaming Learning and Accountability Initiative (GMLAI). CGO completed work on the second grant from Oxfam in 2013, and has begun work on the third grant in 2014, which will entail a follow-up staff capacity survey, training, and hosting an international symposium on intersectionality for Oxfam Affiliates in March 2015.

    The Boston Club

    In 2012, CGO/Simmons served as the research partner for The Boston Club's first Census of Women Directors and Chief Executive Officers of the 150 largest Massachusetts Nonprofit Organizations. Simmons College collected and analyzed the data for the report, which was published in May 2013. It was the first time a census of women directors and CEOs of the largest organizations in the nonprofit sector was compiled. CGO has now begun work on the second census, which will be published in 2015.