Your journey with NBWL matters, so we’ve compiled answers to the most frequently asked questions we have received so far to make things easier.

At NBWL, every question, every concern, and every ambition matters. Together, we will carve the pathway to our success.”

Mariama Njie-Ceesay ~ NBWL Programme Manager

Who is NBWL designed for? 

NBWL is specifically tailored for Black women, especially those from the African diaspora. We aim to provide an environment tailored to their unique experiences and challenges.

How can I apply for the NBWL Coaching Programme? 

Navigate to our Programmes section and select NBWL Coaching in the menu. You'll find all the application details there.

I’m pretty busy. What's my time commitment for the NBWL Coaching Programme?

The NBWL Coaching Programme offers participants 5 coaching sessions:

1st session: One-to-one session with the coach (30 minutes).

2nd- 4th sessions: Group coaching together with the coach and nine other women (90 minutes x 3 sessions).

5th session: One-to-one session with the coach (45 minutes).

Future Coaching Opportunities

We will be delivering this programme until July 2025 with group intakes as follows: 

Cohort 3: October 2023 - May 2024 (Apply now)

Cohort 4: October 2024 - May 2025 (Applications will be open in Aug 2024)

I can't join this cohort, when is the next one? 

No worries! Our 2023 cohort for the NBWL Coaching Programme runs from 16th October 2023. We have another intake planned for October 2024. We encourage you to stay updated for future openings by joining our newsletter mailing list (sign-up link is in the footer of this page).

I just missed the application window. Is there a waiting list? 

Absolutely. We do have a waiting list, and we’ll notify individuals on it if any spots open up. Please email [email protected] to be placed on the list.

How will joining Network for Black Women Leaders benefit me? 

NBWL offers you a comprehensive platform, including mentorship, resources, networking events, and a safe and supportive community. It's designed to support Black women at every career stage, offering growth both professionally and personally.

Are there any membership fees or charges for the programmes? 

Most of our resources are accessible without any charges. However, some programmes or events might require a nominal fee, which will be clearly listed.

I’ve been out of work for a while. How can NBWL assist me? 

Regardless of your career stage, NBWL is here for you. Our programmes, especially NBWL Coaching, can help you reconnect with the professional world and offer networking opportunities to reignite your career journey.

I'm not a Black woman, but I'm interested in the programme. How can I be involved? 

While NBWL is curated for Black women, WRC offers various other programmes with similar leadership opportunities. Explore the Feminist Leadership Training Programme.

Do you host one-off events or events near my location? 

Yes, we frequently organise events in different locations. Visit our Training and Events Calendar to stay updated.

I’m keen on becoming a mentor. What’s the process? 

That’s wonderful! Head over to the NBWL homepage under our Programmes section for detailed information on becoming a mentor.

Are there prerequisites for joining as a mentor or participant? 

While professional experience is valued, the cornerstone of NBWL is passion, commitment, and the will to uplift and guide other Black women. Any specific criteria is detailed under each programme.

How long are the coaching sessions? 

Individual sessions with the coach are 30 minutes, while group sessions run for about 90 minutes once a month over the course of the programme.

Are the sessions confidential? 

Absolutely. Ensuring a safe and supportive environment is our priority. All members, including mentors and coaches, adhere to strict confidentiality guidelines.

How can I stay updated with NBWL activities? 

Regular newsletters and updates are sent out to our members. Plus, our website and social media channels are refreshed with the latest opportunities. Sign up to our newsletter in the footer of this page, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn

Didn't find what you were looking for in our FAQs? 

We're here to help. Visit our Contact section to send us an email.