Leadership Circle

Our Leadership Circle is a group of inspiring individuals from a variety of backgrounds, who are equally committed to collectively serving as key partners in Women for Women International’s mission. The Leadership Circle provides a forum for informed, active engagement in our life-changing work.

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Join the leadership circle

The Leadership Circle is the philanthropy group of Women for Women International (WfWI). It is a global network of supporters, whose annual donations provide a stable source of funding to help women survivors of war build better lives for themselves, their families, and communities. 

A sense of community and a unifying desire to make a positive impact on the lives of women survivors of conflict are at the heart of its success and its combined power to change the world, one woman at a time. Leadership Circle members are committed to supporting our charitable mission and global commitment in an impactful way with their donations, time, expertise, and networks. The support of our members is truly life-changing for the women we serve.  

Giving Levels  

We are committed to creating long-term partnerships with Leadership Circle members. Each member will pledge an annual gift for three years. This means that together we will see sustainable impact in the lives of the women in our programmes. Leadership Circle members support with unrestricted funding, enabling us to build and expand our programmes based on the needs of the women we serve. It also allows us to respond flexibly and efficiently wherever the need is greatest.  

There are three levels of commitment that create different degrees of impact.  

 

Leadership Circle Champion - £5,000 

An annual donation of at least £5,000 will allow you to join the Leadership Circle at Champion Level.  

Members commit to donating, or independently fundraising £5,000 a year for our work and to introducing us to their network of individuals who have the interest and potential to commit at this level. Benefits include:  

  • Opportunity to meet with Leadership Chairs once a year to help guide and support the philanthropic mission of the Leadership Circle as it grows, including planning events.  
  • Thought leadership opportunities – invitations to field visits where appropriate (eg. Bosnia March of Peace) and small group webinars with Country Office Directors to discuss the impact of our work and your support for our mission. 
  • Opportunity to connect with a global network of remarkable and like-minded supporters. 
  • Opportunity to network with the Leadership Circle community at one dinner a year, attended by a WfWI Ambassador, in addition to the Leadership Circle lunch and smaller Leadership Circle events. 
  • Priority invitations to WfWI Special Events, including the #SheInspiresMe Lunch and VIP access to the #SheInpiresMe Car Boot Sale.  
  • Invitation to WfWI content-driven webinar series. 
  • Opportunity to invite your network to the LC lunch to introduce them to the work of WfWI  
  • Sponsorship of a sister. 
  • Personalised updates on our work, so you can see the impact of your support. 
  • Inclusion in our Annual Report, if appropriate. 

 

Leadership Circle Advocate - £3,000 

An annual donation of at least £3,000 will allow you to join the Leadership Circle at Advocate Level. 

Members commit to donating, or independently fundraising, £3,000 a year for our work and to introducing us to their network of individuals who have the interest and potential to commit at this level. Benefits include:  

  • Priority invitations to Special Events, including the #SheInspiresMe Lunch and VIP access to the #SheInpiresMe Car Boot Sale. 
  • Invitation to WfWI content-driven webinar series. 
  • Sponsorship of a sister. 
  • Opportunity to connect with a global network of remarkable and like-minded supporters. 
  • Opportunity to network with the Leadership Circle community at one dinner a year, attended by a WfWI Ambassador, in addition to the Leadership Circle lunch and smaller Leadership Circle events. 
  • Opportunity to invite your network to the Leadership Circle lunch to introduce them to the work of WfWI 
  • Personalised updates on our work, so you can see the impact of your support. 
  • Inclusion in our Annual Report, if appropriate. 

 

Leadership Circle Supporter - £1000  

An annual donation of at least £1,000 will allow you to join the Leadership Circle at Supporter Level. 

Members commit to donating, or independently fundraising, £1000 a year for our work and to connect us to their network of individuals who can get involved and support our work through corporate partner, media, or individual giving activity. Benefits include:  

  • Priority invitations to Special Events, including the #SheInspiresMe Lunch and VIP access to the #SheInpiresMe Car Boot Sale. 
  • Invitation to WfWI content-driven webinar series. 
  • Opportunity to connect with a global network of remarkable and like-minded supporters. 
  • Opportunity to network with the Leadership Circle community at one lunch a year, plus smaller LC events. 
  • Opportunity to invite your network to the Leadership Circle lunch to introduce them to the work of WfWI 
  • Regular updates on our work, so you can see the impact of your support. 

 

Please contact our Head of Special Events and Philanthropy, Zoë Elliott, on zelliott@womenforwomen.org to learn more. 

Meet The Team

Read on to meet our team and learn why they believe the work of the Leadership Circle is so important.

Diana Saghi Kawkabani

Leadership Circle Chair

Diana Saghi Kawkabani, a previous Trustee for Women for Women International (UK) and Inaugural Chair of the Geneva Leadership Circle, has been involved in Women for Women International for 10 years, helping to set up the UK office, and serving on Gala committees.

Diana has previously worked for International Planned Parenthood Federation in Beirut, Lebanon but during the civil war in Lebanon, she moved to San Francisco, California, where she worked organising Investment Conferences for Investment and Brokerage Companies. Diana moved to Bahrain in 1983, where she worked for Radio Bahrain as news editor and newsreader.

I have always felt, in these last ten years of my involvement with Women for Women International, that not only do we help the women in our programmes gain skills, confidence and a 'Sisterhood' among themselves. We too, in helping them, become a Sisterhood as well.

Diana Saghi Kawkabani, Leadership Circle Chair

Stephanie Jakubiak

Leadership Circle Vice Chair

Stephanie is a production and business development executive with expertise working at the intersection of advertising, entertainment and technology.

She’s an expert in both finance and content strategy, having started her career in 1997 working in film and television development at Walt Disney Studios in Los Angeles and then moving on to WPP - GroupM, where she was Senior Partner, Finance and Business Development for GroupM Entertainment and worked to successfully build out the business strategy and finance side of the branded content offerings for three of the largest global media buying agencies.

In 2010 she left her position as Senior Vice President of NY based Media Ventures Group to start her own content development and consulting company - Project 14 Media - which currently operates out of London and NYC, with clients including ITV Studios, ABC Studios, EUE Screen Gems, Crux Digital, Unicorn Media, Sohonet - to name a few.

I was first drawn to Women for Women International by the important work that they do in helping women in dire situations all over the world. I have seen the positive outcomes and met some of the women working on-the-ground for the programme and that has had an enormous impact on me.

Stephanie Jakubiak, Leadership Circle Vice Chair
"By the end of this year, I will have achieved something big. I’m thinking of opening my own shop," shares Grace, who graduated from our programme in Rwanda. Photo: Hazel Thompson

Creating connections

"Women for Women International came and took me out of my loneliness."

Annie Maccoby Berglof

LEADERSHIP CIRCLE ADVISOR

Annie Maccoby Berglof joined Women for Women International in 2007, inspired by Zainab Salbi and her work providing on-the-ground support and a voice for women in war and post-war zones. Annie is a regular contributor to the "At Home" interviews for the Weekend Financial Times and is writing "the Bright Side of Melancholy," a detective-hunt for the lost knowledge of moods. She is a graduate of Harvard and a trustee of Harvard House in Stratford-Upon-Avon.

"Women for Women International's mission to support thousands of women caught in conflict has become even more critical, as war continues to lap at the edges of Europe and Women for Women International has added support to Syrian and Yezidi women refugee women to its areas of operation."

We urge you to join our Leadership Circle and discover that in our quest to try and lend a helping hand to Women for Women International and our peers in war-zones around the world, we have also helped ourselves by becoming part of an extraordinary community of London-based women.

Annie Maccoby Berglof, Leadership Circle Advisor
A Women for Women International programme participant in Democratic Republic of Congo. Photo: Ryan Carter

Our Programme

Our year-long programme equips women survivors of war with the skills they need to earn money, regain their confidence and actively participate in their communities.