U.S. – ASEAN Women’s Leadership Academy for YSEALI

The program will bring 33 women leaders from all eleven YSEALI member countries (Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam and Timor-Leste). The workshop will focus on leadership training and capacity-building with an emphasis on promoting economic development in the region.  The program will include mentorship and will emphasize participants’ ties with the larger ASEAN Economic Community.

All travel, lodging, and program activity costs will be covered by the U.S. Mission to ASEAN, in cooperation with Wedu as the implementing partner. 

The Academy aims to: 
  • To build a strong network of young Southeast Asian women leaders who work across national borders to solve common problems and nurture a strong ASEAN identity and community;
  • To empower emerging women leaders and help them advance their careers by providing access to advanced skills training and networking opportunities; and 
  • To build economic capacity among emerging women leaders and contribute towards a people-oriented ASEAN that includes the full participation of women in the economy.  

The in-person Academy  will include:
  • Individualized Leadership Assessment
  • Mentoring Sessions
  • Networking opportunities
  • Training Sessions led by Industry and Sector Leaders and Shapers
  • Discussions of Key Gender and Economic Development Issues within the Region 

Eligibility criteria:
  • A YSEALI Member (Not a member yet? Join here!);
  • A citizen and current resident of YSEALI member countries: Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Timor-Leste;
  • Ages 20 – 30 (at the time of application and workshop);
  • Have at least a tertiary-level education qualification (e.g. Higher National Diploma, Degree or equivalent);
  • Have relevant experience and/or interest in areas of economic empowerment gender equality, women’s empowerment, or other related topics; 
  • Passionate about building communities and have a keen interest in building a network through collaboration and partnership with other Southeast Asian countries;
  • Fluent in written and spoken English;

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