Regardless of the formal nature of her employment/work, the nominee should be a self-motivated woman who exhibits role-model leadership skills.
Everything being equal, a woman who has had a large impact, or has worked in great depth in local communities, will get priority.
Participants of the CII Foundation Woman Exemplar Program are expected to deepen and scale their ideas and programs for social change. Therefore, only those nominees who are willing to participate in leadership trainings, mentoring and capacity building initiatives, as well as willing to build the Woman Exemplar network may be nominated.
Each year, the program empowers, recognizes, and celebrates 15 women leaders who have relentlessly worked and become role models of change at the grassroots level, especially in the rural geographies or from any challenging/ disadvantaged environments. An award is given to 3 women each year with a citation, a trophy and a cash award of Rupees three lakhs each for the winners.
Building Capacities of the women leaders to increase the scale and impact of their programs through leadership training, coaching and access to an India-wide peer network for the Woman Exemplars and create a new rung of leaders working on health, education and Microenterprise within marginalised communities.
The program seeks to create a national level network of grassroots change agents and inspire and create many more such leaders at the grassroots and induce a bottom up approach of development.