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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 profound impact.

Vital Voices has partnered with the Estée Lauder Emerging Leaders Fund (ELELF), 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 and the networks that sustain them. 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.

Applications are open now!

The Estée Lauder Emerging Leaders Fund mission is to redefine leadership by supporting a new generation of emerging leaders and challenging the gender stereotypes present in current expectations of leadership. We need leaders across every industry and every community who are authentic to who they are and 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. In this program, participants will:

  • Take part in the Vital Voices Leadership Journey, which is a 7- week online training course built on the foundation of Vital Voices’ proven leadership model, incorporating lessons in leadership from Estée Lauder executives and Vital Voices Global Network leaders.
  • Have a chance to be selected for one annual in-person experience with a select group of participants from the year that provides deeper training and investment in their personal leadership journeys.
  • Have the opportunity to share and amplify their voices and stories demonstrating how they are challenging traditional perceptions of leadership.

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.

Following completion of the cohort, 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.

There will be two cohorts in 2022 and applications are open now! All applications are due by at 11:59 PM EST on May 31, 2022. Incomplete applications will not be considered.