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 will 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 a week in each of three nonprofit host organizations. These host organizations provided direct exposure to and discussion about management of nonprofit organizations in areas of working with boards of directors, community outreach, fund raising, grant writing, forming nonprofit organizations and developing programs. In addition, Fellows attended classes on nonprofit management offered by the CGO Director at the Harvard Extension School.
JWLI Fellows also participate in the one week course Strategic Leadership for Women at Simmons School of Management, where the Fellows learned about their leadership styles and competencies, including understanding and using power, team building and communication. The course provided an emphasis on how gender affects leadership roles and how to work strategically as a leader.
Please see the viewbook for the 2012 Fellows Program here.
Please see the 2012 Fellow Program Final Report here.
The 2012 host organizations were: Web of Benefit, Ellis Memorial, and the Asian Task Force against Domestic Violence. Web of Benefit is a nonprofit organization for women affected by and escaping domestic violence, with the "soul" purpose of promoting liberation and personal independence of women in the greater Boston area. Ellis Memorial, Boston's first Settlement House, offers innovative educational and social programs that support the diverse and underserved needs of working parents and families. The Asian Task Force against Domestic Violence operates the only shelter and support services for Asian survivors of domestic violence and their children in New England.
Center for Gender in Organizations - Simmons School of Management
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The JWLI Fellows Program is funded by
The Fish Family Foundation
The JWLI Forum Program is funded by