This workshop highlighted the Transformative Global Leadership Program (TGLP), a joint initiative of the Center for Innovation in Worker Organization (CIWO) at Rutgers University in the United States and Labour Research Service (LRS) in South Africa, exploring transformative practices and experimental approaches to leadership development. TGLP emphasises leadership development with a gender frame as well as network and movement building in worker and economic justice movements. TGLP attends to the many barriers that women and gender oppressed people experience getting into key decision-making roles, often due to race, gender, and other forms of discrimination.
Workshop participants experienced a visual mapping tool called the “Leadership Journey Map.” They also joined a discussion on lessons learned about the use of technology, graphic notation, and metaphor to bridge cultural, language, digital and geographic divides. The workshop centred transformative leadership development designed for those who are most excluded from leadership roles due to gender-based marginalisation. The Leadership Journey Map has been offered both virtually and in-person, completed by more than 150+ women in countries including Nigeria, Sri Lanka, Belgium, Pakistan, South Africa, Philippines, United States, the Dominican Republic, Indonesia, Zimbabwe, and others.