Breakthrough Leaders Programme

Applications have now closed for the 2019 Breakthrough Leaders Programme.

Pasifika Scholarship applications for the 2019 Breakthrough Leaders Programme are still open and will close at 4:00pm, Friday 28 September 2018

Two pasifika scholarships available - Apply Now!


The programme prepares exceptional women to lead organisations into a dynamic and prosperous future. 

Click here to meet the women who have graduated from the programme.


Experience a journey of discovery, learning and deep development alongside an exceptional peer group. Develop a leadership mindset that is spacious, has ample room for the ambiguities of the world, for conflicting feelings and contradictory ideas. Develop and accelerate agile and lateral thinking.

The ten-month programme is made up of four immersive and intensive four-day residential courses, complemented by coaching from leading New Zealand business figures.


Who is it for?

About Global Women - AudienceBreakthrough Leaders candidates:

  • Have a significant track record in the private or public, NFP or NGO sector
  • Are a recognised high-potential leader with influence and ethics.
  • Are motivated to move to the next level of leadership and have greater leadership impact in Aotearoa. 
  • Demonstrate a willingness to make active and valuable contributions to the community.
  • Are intellectually curious, empathic and challenging of peers
  • Are backed by an executive sponsor with the intent to accelerate their career progress.
  • Have a maturity and willingness to step outside of their comfort zone and embrace challenging environments. 

A transformative experience for you—and your organisation

A bespoke experience

Focused around four intensive residential modules of four days, participants come together with facilitators, leaders and Global Women members in a network of shared expertise. Stepping outside the “day-to-day” creates a learning environment that’s tailored to suit individual leadership needs.

An exceptional peer group

Limited to 30 exceptional women —a dynamic group, where issues can be discussed freely and individuals can learn from one another.

A global perspective

The programme combines distinctive elements of the New Zealand leadership experience with overseas exposure to give Leaders a truly global perspective.

A focus on the real world

Participants foster, test and accelerate the skills they learn by implementing a commercial imperative unique to their individual organisation and by taking their skills to the wider community. Regular reviews between the participant, programme director and executive sponsors ensures high application of learning and enhanced return on investment for the organisation.

A powerful network

Breakthrough Leaders alumnae become part of one of the most distinguished and powerful networks in the New Zealand leadership sector, continuing to learn from one another well beyond the programme.

Participants also have access the wider Global Women network, made up of some of New Zealand’s most influential leaders and organisations.

A huge number of our 187 alumnae have moved into significant executive positions, started a company or moved into overseas roles. Meet our alumnae.

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Get a full rundown of the 2019 programme, including costs and times.


Breakthrough Leaders Alumnae:

These Are Our Stories

The awe-inspiring graduates of the Breakthrough Leaders Programme 2017 share what made their experience a life-changing one. 

Two Pasifika Scholarships available - Apply now!

Each year Global Women and The Tindall Foundation offer four full programme scholarships to Maori and Pasifika women leaders

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