Breakthrough Leaders Programme

Applications for our 2017 intake are now closed. Contact us with any queries.

The Global Women Breakthrough Leaders Programme is focused on developing a leadership mindset that is spacious, has ample room for the ambiguities of the world, for conflicting feelings, and for contradictory ideas. It is recognised as the pre-eminent programme for female executives preparing to be the leaders of tomorrow’s most important organisations.

Entering its seventh year, the programme has refocused to provide a highly bespoke leadership development experience for up to 28 exceptional female leaders. Each leader will experience a journey of discovery, learning and deep development alongside an exceptional peer group and powerful network.

The programme is focused around immersive and experiential four-day intensive residential modules that, together, develop and shape the ‘whole leader’. Between modules, curiosity and ideas are shaped by executive coaches, millennial reverse mentors, Global Women members, Global Women Partner mentors, and diverse and eclectic expert thinkers. 

Breakthrough Leaders leave the programme with a growth mindset, open capability and strategic intent to engage with the biggest challenges and opportunities around our economic and social prosperity.


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Are you ready to become an inevitable leader of the future?



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Philosophy and Intent

The programme has been designed to:
- Awaken self-awareness & initiate leadership
- Be experiential and practical
- Connect participants to a bigger picture
- Grow adaptability, resilience and curiosity
- Develop thinking strategically and influencing dynamically
- Build cross cultural capabilities
- Broaden and grow a diverse network

Breakthrough Leaders Alumni Success Stories
Sina Wendt-Moore

Alumni of the 2011 Cohort of Breakthrough Leaders.

Sina is the CEO at Leadership NZ, Co-President at YWCA Aotearoa NZ and an Advisory Board Member at Appoint Better Boards.  

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Barbara Kuriger

Alumni of the 2012 cohort of Breakthrough Leaders.

Now a Global Women member, Barbara is the current MP for Taranaki-King Country, and a shareholder in two family owned farming businesses. 

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Karen Jones

Alumni of the 2014 cohort of Breakthrough Leaders.

Karen is the Deputy Chief Executive Public Affairs for NZ Police.

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Thoughts from an Alumni

"This is not just about you as a leader in your organisation, it's about you as a leader in your whole life."

- Adithi Pandit, Partner at Deloitte New Zealand
Alumni of Global Women Breakthrough Leaders programme 2015


Applications for our 2017 intake have now closed. Selection will be by formal interview, conducted by a panel of Global Women members and Global Women partner senior executives.


Final call for the Pasifika Scholarship applications close Wed 8 March 2017. Global Women and The Tindall Foundation jointly sponsor four fully paid programme scholarships to build women leaders especially from our Māori & Pacific communities that will transform the current leadership framework and effect greater impact.