JWLI Fellows Program

As Japan recovers from the damage incurred following the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami, the role of the nonprofit sector has become increasingly important as a means of providing services, monitoring government response, and advocating for policies that include human, economic and environmental considerations.

The Japanese Women's Leadership Initiative Fellows Program trains women in the Japanese nonprofit sector to build and lead Japanese NGOs. At this time in Japan's history, strong nonprofit leaders are critically important to Japanese civil society. The JWLI Fellows return to Japan from their time at Simmons prepared to lead Japan's nonprofit sector, as its role in Japanese society continues to grow.

During the intensive four week program, JWLI Fellows spend time as several nonprofit host organizations. These host organizations provide direct exposure to and discussion about management of nonprofit organizations in areas of working with boards of directors, community outreach, fundraising, grant writing, forming nonprofit organizations and developing programs. In addition, Fellows attend classes on nonprofit management offered by the CGO Director.

JWLI Fellows also participate in the one week course Strategic Leadership for Women at Simmons School of Management, where the Fellows learn about their leadership styles and competencies, including understanding and using power, team building and communication. The course provides an emphasis on how gender affects leadership roles and how to work strategically as a leader.

Please see the viewbook for the 2014 Fellows Program here

Please see the 2012 Fellows Program Final Report here.

Please see the 2013 Fellows Program Final Report here.

The 2014 host organizations were: The Center for Women & Enterprise, Asian Task Force Against Domestic Violence, Ellis Memorial, Management Sciences for Health, Women's Lunch Place, and Italian Home for Children. 


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Email: cgo@simmons.edu