International Module in NYC | Columbia Women's Leadership Network

The Columbia Global Centers | Rio de Janeiro is pleased to announce 5 extra paid positions for Module #5 - International Intensive week - of the program Columbia Women’s Leadership Network in Brazil.

We are looking for leadership from both public and private sectors in Brazil and other countries. This module does not offer scholarships and takes place in July on the campus of Columbia University in New York City.  


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The program is designed for female public managers from different areas of government and private sector professionals.


  • Bachelor’s degree;

  • At least 3 years of managerial experience in government, private sector or the third sector;

  • Language proficiency (English).


May 31

July 22 – July 26

Total of five days of classes and site visits in New York City


Monday (July 22)

8h30 – 9h: Breakfast

9h – 9h30: Welcome (Athena Center for Leadership Studies)

9h30 – 12h: Effective Self-Advocacy (Selena Rezvani)

12h - 13h: Lunch Break

13h – 15h30: Finding your entrepreneurial Spirit (Nathalie Molina)

16h – 17h : Guided Campus Tour


Tuesday (July 23)

9h – 9h30: Breakfast

9h30 – 12h: Gender, Politics and Development (Eugina McGill)

12h – 13h: Lunch

14h – 16h: Site Visit (UNDP)


Wednesday (July 24)

9h – 9h30: Breakfast

9h30 – 12h: Public-private partnership for Sustainable Development (Lisa Sachs)

12h – 13h: Lunch

14h – 16h: Site Visit and Talk (City Hall)


Thursday (July 25)

9h – 9h30: Breakfast

9h30 – 12h: Diversity in the workplace

12h – 13h: Lunch

14h – 17h: Site Visit (Metlife)


Friday (July 26)

9h – 9h30: Breakfast

9h30 – 12h: Innovation and Public Problem Solving: Leveraging Technology for the New Brazil (Sarah Holloway)

12h – 13h30: (Keynote: M.Victoria Murillo)

13h30 – 16h: Internal Seminar: Project Discussion

16h – 17h: Closing Ceremony and Diplomas


*There may be minor adjustments on the program schedule

Certificate of Program Completion (Issued by the Columbia Global Centers | Rio de Janeiro)

Tuition: US$6,500


Instructor: Selena Rezvani

Dispelling the myth that good work speaks for itself, learn the importance of self-promotion and seeking visibility. Practice promoting yourself with authority and charisma.

Instructor: Nathalie Molina Nino (CEO of BRAVA Investments and the writer of LEAPFROG, The New Revolution for Women Entrepreneurs (Tarcher Perigee, a Penguin Random House imprint)

Entrepreneurs are people who think out of the box and make their own rules. But where do they begin? Does becoming an entrepreneur require specific expertise, innate skills, gall, or luck? In this workshop you will learn how to harness entrepreneurial spirit—the ability to be flexible, persistent and adaptable to create change in your organization and increase your impact.

Instructor: Vishakha Desai (Senior Advisor for Global Affairs to the President of Columbia University and a Senior Research Scholar for the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University)

To understand the changing conditions of our contemporary world, we require new concepts and categories that pertain to and are derived from global phenomena as they are rapidly evolving. Not only does this challenge require a transnational perspective but it also demands thinking across the established academic disciplines, since issues such as global governance, varieties of democracy, economic inequality, new communication technologies, and diversity of cultures and religions often fall between or across conventional disciplinary borders. This lecture will cover cross-disciplinary and transnational approaches in order to address the challenges and opportunities of the twenty-first-century world.

Instructor: TBC

Leadership can make the difference between success or failure of organization, whether it is in the public, private or social sector. Leadership is also comprised of skills that can be learned and perfected. This workshop will discuss effective leadership techniques, how leaders can improve organizational performance, and cutting-edge techniques for leaders in an era of global competition, including Public-Private Partnerships and Performance Management.

Instructor: Eugenia McGill (Senior Lecturer in the Discipline of International and Public Affairs)

Gender is such an important dimension of all public policy, the promotion of gender equality depends on the commitment of professionals in all fields. Professor Ergas will help participants to develop skills to assess, formulate, and implement policies that promote gender equality.

Instructor: Sarah Holloway (Lecturer in the Discipline of International and Public Affairs; Director, Management Specialization; Director, Global Ed Tech Entrepreneurship Program at the Center for Development Economics & Policy)

TBD – The Innovation Practice – tailored to the public sector - The Innovation Practice is an intimate and curated gathering of senior-level innovation practitioners from corporates and academic thought leaders. This is not your typical sit-down and listen conference: attendees will be active participants throughout with hands-on programming and peer-to-peer learning. In other words, no pitching, no vendors, and no selling – only innovation decision makers sharing, discussing and debating innovation practices.


To apply for the international module you must follow the steps below:

1. Complete the online application form (in English):

2. Send the documents below in a single email to until May 10, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. (BRT):

  • Complete curriculum proving at least 3 years of professional experience;
  • Letter of recommendation (in Portuguese);
  • Cover letter of up to 400 words (in English).

Admission's decision will be announced on May 13.

Tuition: US$6,500

  • Accommodation and flights not included.
  • This amount covers all tuition costs (space, classes, workshops and visits) and breakfast and lunch served in the 05 days of the program.
  • In order to secure a place in the program, admitted students must respect the deadlines indicated in the application and enrollment process. Students with account balances will not be able to attend the program and the amounts paid will not be reimbursed.

1. Applicants based in Brazil: Money Transfer

Payments will be made in Reais. Please, contact the Global Center Rio to check the correct amount and the bank account information before you make any payments (

The payments will be converted to Brazilian Reais using the PTAX exchange Rate (Brazilian Central Bank).

You must send us the deposit receipt.

Admission decision will be announced on May 13.

In order to secure a place in the program, admitted students must pay the initial deposit of US$ 3,500 (1st payment) to the Global Center by May 24th.

The second deposit of US$ 3,000 (2nd payment) must be payed until July 8.

Both payments are non-refundable.

Students who fail to submit any payment by the deadlines forfeit their place in the entering class.

The payments will be converted to Brazilian Reais using the PTAX exchange Rate (Brazilian Central Bank) of the day before the payment. Please, contact the Global Center Rio to check the correct amount and the bank account information before you make any payments (


May 10: Application deadline
If admitted applicants opt not to enroll, then spots will be offered to waitlisted applicants

May 13: Admission Decision Released (admitted applicants)

May 17: Deadline to confirm participation / withdraw

May 24: (1st payment) Deadline to pay initial deposit | Tuition (1st installment) US$3,500 (non-refundable)

May 31: Pre-departure activity in Rio de Janeiro

July 8: (2nd payment) Deadline to pay balance | Tuition (2nd installment) US$3,000 (non-refundable)

July 22: Program begins in New York

For questions and more information:

Laura Nóra | Program Officer (