We search the world for women leaders with daring vision for change, and partner with her to make that vision a reality.



Vital Voices Global Partnership invests in women leaders who are solving the world’s greatest challenges – from gender-based violence to the climate crisis, economic inequities, and more. We are “venture catalysts,” identifying those with a daring vision for change and partnering with them to make that vision a reality.  We scale and accelerate impact through long term investments to expand skills, connections, capacity and visibility. Over the last 24 years, we have built a network of 18,000 change makers across 182 countries, each of whom are daring to reimagine a more equitable world for all.   


In 1997, Vital Voices was created to make space for women to be heard. Our founders knew then what has now become a universal truth: that women are essential to progress in their communities. Our world cannot move forward without their full participation.

Today, our organization is the product of the women we have worked with, their insights into leadership and our changing world.


Vital Voices’ mission is to identify, invest in and bring visibility to extraordinary women around the world by unleashing their leadership potential to transform lives and accelerate peace and prosperity in their communities.


The Vital Voices Leadership Model is a set of practices learned from the women leaders in our network. In more than 20 years of partnering with women leaders around the world, we have observed five common traits that together constitute a new model of leadership. This style is collaborative and innovative, and even though it is learned from women, its significance extends to all people.

The Five Pillars of the Leadership Model:

  • A DRIVING FORCE: The defining purpose that guides a leader. It motivates them and strengthens their resolve in the face of challenges.
  • STRONG ROOTS IN THE COMMUNITY: Leaders understand the unique needs of the community. They listen to and engage with its members and adapt accordingly.
  • CONNECT ACROSS LINES THAT DIVIDE: By engaging unlikely allies, leaders bring people together to achieve a common mission.
  • BOLD IDEAS, BOLD ACTION: Innovative thinking enables leaders to overcome enduring programs.
  • PAY IT FORWARD: Leaders commit to investing in others. They share their knowledge, experience and influence because they understand that power expands when it is shared.


We invest in leaders because they take the responsibility to improve societies. They strengthen laws, create jobs and defend political freedoms.

Our investment in one leader impacts hundreds and thousands more. We partner with women who demonstrate leadership that unites and inspires people. They exhibit visionary thinking and take risks to innovate. Each leader in our global network believes in mentoring the rising generation and shares her knowledge, experience and influence with others.