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Overview

Vision 2020 plans to engage scores of Allies in a national Shared Leadership Campaign

Historic in scope and structure, the Campaign will follow the collective impact model for achieving social change 

Vision 2020 is actively raising seed funds and support for an unprecedented national campaign to achieve 50-50 shared leadership among women and men in business and government.

The Shared Leadership Campaign will be historic in scope and structure. It will involve up to 100 Allied Organizations (Allies) and their millions of members across America. It will follow the collective impact model, the only proven method for achieving complex, large-scale social change.

The timing of the Campaign aligns with the countdown to 2020, when Women 100 will celebrate the centennial of the 19th Amendment that gave women the right to vote.

Why we need a Shared Leadership Campaign

Gender equality is the unfinished business of our time. While 50 percent of the population is female, by every measure, women hold five to 25 percent of the senior leadership positions in business and government. As a result, women’s ideas and concerns go mostly unheard at the top levels where decisions are made.

At the current rate of change, gender equality in senior leadership will not be achieved in this century. The Shared Leadership Campaign was born from the desire of women and men to take action that will accelerate change. The Campaign’s name reflects the fact that equal representation in leadership is a political, economic and social issue affecting everyone.

How the Campaign will accelerate positive change

Collective impact is a powerful model for solving social problems that no single organization can solve alone. In broad terms, it involves the cooperation and coordination of multiple Allies in a way that ensures the whole will be greater than the sum of the parts.

Nearly 100 organizations that support gender equality are already official Allies of Vision 2020. Many, if not most of them, will want to take part in the Shared Leadership Campaign.

Using collective impact strategies, Vision 2020 will coordinate focused action by these Allies to achieve annual, measurable progress toward a common agenda. When their millions of members are involved in actions affecting millions more Americans, the pace of change will accelerate.