Letter from the President

We have seen the power of academic research to transform those who listen to what could be heard as the call of the New Humanity.


This call comes from those many young graduate students of international relations – the next generation of leaders – who thirst to go beyond leadership based on traditional hierarchy, and instead, to live leadership to bring about a new time and place in which all are free and equal. In this time and place, all are able to make their best contributions to their communities and nations. Read more >

During this unprecedented period in human history, the world is united in an effort to uproot outmoded patterns of behavior. Real change depends on collaboration between enlightened thinkers and those practitioners who dare to walk in the vanguard.






ACTION-ORIENTED RESEARCH between renowned universities, multilateral institutions, corporations, and non-profit organizations

Decision-making frameworks designed for the FULL PARTICIPATION OF WOMEN

Opportunities for THE NEXT GENERATION OF LEADERS to claim and make real change

A language for creating change that steps beyond business and economics to INCLUDE THE ARTS

A reorientation to power in relationships—COLLABORATION OVER HIERARCHY

Women Forward International is proud to be launched by The Aspen Institute


 Women Forward International (WFI) offers innovative and relevant overseas research opportunities for graduate students. We have been pleased to host WFI at the Aspen Institute as it established itself, and we endorse the high quality of the research and academic and client partners of WFI.  We recommend WFI to partners as an innovative and practical research effort which has shown results in increased experience and skills for participating students, as well as impact for the client sponsors of the research.


~ Elliot Gerson, Executive Vice President of The Aspen Institute    

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