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VV Visionaries Program 2023

The VV Visionaries Program in Partnership with the Estée Lauder Emerging Leaders Fund

Program Overview
Thank you for your interest in the VV Visionaries program, a partnership between Vital Voices Global Partnership and the
Estée Lauder Emerging Leaders Fund, the charitable fund of Estée Lauder, to support the next generation of emerging leaders who are redefining leadership in their everyday lives. The program is investing in trailblazing women by increasing their access to leadership training, mentorship, and the networks that sustain them. For over 25 years, Vital Voices has partnered with thousands of women leaders across 184 countries to deepen their impact, grow their leadership skills, and accelerate change on a global scale. Together with the Estée Lauder Emerging Leaders Fund, we aim to champion women leaders across diverse sectors, industries, and experiences who want to create positive social impact in their communities and beyond. The VV Visionaries program is supporting women visionaries who are shaping the future they wish to see: the perception of what defines a leader, and what it takes to become a leader – in their own way.


How it works
When women advance, the world succeeds. Whether you are an entrepreneur, activist, non-profit leader, or someone with a bold vision for change, you can have a profound impact. We need leaders across every industry and every community who use their power, influence, and passion to make positive change. And we know that women’s leadership will accelerate progress in our communities, offices, and boardrooms.

Fellows selected
 will participate in a 7-week virtual training course built on the foundation of Vital Voices’ proven 5-point leadership model, incorporating lessons in leadership from Estée Lauder executives and leaders from the Vital Voices network. One annual in-person experience will be held for the top 20 participants from the year to provide them with deeper training and investment in their personal leadership journey. Most importantly, the program will foster connection, collaboration, shared learning, and individualized support to support participants' leadership growth. 

Following completion of the program, participants will join the Vital Voices community of over 20,000 changemakers across 184 countries, each of whom are daring to reimagine a more equitable world for all.


Applicant Profile
The VV Visionaries program supports women leaders ages 18 and up from across the globe who are seeking to build the soft skills required for leadership. We encourage applications from those who are:
  • Empowered leaders who are challenging the status quo, defying norms, and disrupting systems.  
  • Committed to making a difference in their community and/or industry, creatively pursuing social impact, elevating the voices of and opportunities for others, and paying it forward.
  • Please read the full eligibility criteria on the next page.


Program Dates
Cohort 1: May 25 - July 6, 2023
Cohort 2: August 10 - September 19, 2023
Cohort 3: October 12 - November 16, 2023


Selection Process
The selection process for all three cohorts will take place from March through July 2023. Selected applicants will be notified 3-4 weeks prior to the start of each cohort.

All applications must be submitted on March 10, 2023 at 10 am ET.