The Thrive Fellowship supports emerging women leaders with a strong professional foundation, so they can shape the global health sector.
Currently, there is limited career opportunity for women in the global workforce. Compounding this challenge is the limited pipeline of diverse women who are being prepared for the next steps in their careers.
According to the Global Health 50/50 report, privileged older men from elite institutions call the shots in global health. Authors of the report conclude that the current system is “neither fair nor fit-for-purpose.” Batson, Gupta, and Barry also conclude in their article on Women Leaders in Global Health that:
Batson, Gupta, and Barry
Women Leaders in Global Health Report
To remove the barriers that hinder progress in global health, we must cultivate an intentional ecosystem that expands female representation and diversity.
This means creating inclusive work environments where young professionals can thrive.
To improve global health systems and practices, it will take a network of diverse and emerging women leaders who can change the world. They’ll need stronger connections, genuine mentorship, coaching, hard skills, and applied experience.
We’ve created The Thrive Fellowship to support emerging leaders with a strong professional foundation, so they can shape the global health sector.
Our vision is a world where women from under-represented groups have a clear pathway to leadership in global health.
Selected Fellows will work at Databoom in Washington DC. The residential Fellowship will leverage Databoom’s core organizational competencies in global health
Thrive is based on a theoretical framework informed by best practice in leadership development.
We believe that there are three nested pathways by which Thrive will expand female representation and diversity in global health leadership: through the individual, institutions, and society.
We believe in a holistic approach that fosters a number of different learning and leadership styles.
The Thrive Fellowship will include a robust measurement framework. We will leverage Databoom’s expertise in strategic measurement to monitor and evaluate key outcomes at the individual, institutional, and societal level.
We are looking for and welcome donors and partners to invest in women by supporting the Thrive Fellowship over the next five years.
Join us in creating opportunities for women to thrive in global health
Batson, A., Gupta, G. R., & Barry, M. (2021). More Women Must Lead in Global Health: A Focus on Strategies to Empower Women Leaders and Advance Gender Equality. Annals of Global Health.
Frankiewicz, B. (2020, January 30). 5 Ways We Lack Gender Balance in the Workplace. World Economic Forum.
Global Health 50/50, ‘The Global Health 50/50 Report 2020: Power, Privilege and Priorities’, London, UK, 2020.
Greguletz, E., Diehl, M.R., & Kreutzer, K. (2018). Why Women Build Less Effective Networks Than Men: The Role of Structural Exclusion and Personal Hesitation. Human Relations.
Harris, C., & Grant, A. (2023, January 10). Re-Thinking: Finding and Becoming Great Mentors and Sponsors. Apple Podcasts.
Hudson, D., Bellmer Krembs, A., Tauber Marcus, L., Lacey, K., Short, M., & Nicholson, C. (2022). You Should Smile More. The Band of Sisters. City Point Press.
Rajkumar, K., Saint-Jacques, G., Bojinov, I., Brynjolfsson, E., & Y Aral, S. (2022, September 11). A Causal Test of the Strength of Weak Ties. Science.