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The GABV Leadership Academy is designed to help leaders in values-based banks advance their leadership skills and capacity in order to help their respective banks address the challenges they face. Over a period of 8 months, participants in the Academy convene for three, in-person modules, and participate in coaching sessions and projects between the modules.

Who Should Participate?

The Leadership Academy is designed for leaders in GABV member banks or non-member banks that aim to expand their values-based banking activities. Participants benefit most from the program when they:

  • Have worked in their bank for at least three years,
  • Lead a team, a department or a project, or are a senior co-worker with a wide range of responsibilities,
  • Are open to new ideas and advancing their personal leadership skills,
  • Are interested in thinking about innovations for values-based banking, and
  • Are committed to advancing the idea and practice of values-based banking.


Total Assets in EUR millions                      Tuition (in US-$)

<2,500                                                                          $9,400

2,501 to > 5,000                                                         $14,600

Non-member banks                                                  $20,400

Tuition does not cover travel expenses and accommodation. The GABV will offer a limited number of scholarships that cover partial or full tuition. Participants need to still cover their travel expenses.

Program Language

The program is conducted in English.


The GABV will offer a limited number of tuition scholarships to participants from GABV member banks. Participants will still need to cover their travel expenses.  For more information, please contact Sonia Reinhardt.

Format: Three modules plus coaching sessions

The program combines three in-person modules with individual and group coaching between the modules. Modules 1 and 2 will be hosted by
a GABV member bank, and module 3 by the MIT Community Innovators Lab and the Presencing Institute in Cambridge, USA.

Throughout the eight months, participants will: Develop and advance their leadership capacity in the context of values-based banking; Learn about and explore a wide variety of valuesbased banking models and financial innovations; Develop personal and cultural skills; Practice innovation techniques and initiate individual change projects; Explore societal challenges and innovative solutions to address them; Each of the three modules has two parts:

Part I is focused on discussions with thought leaders and innovators, and includes learning journeys to places of innovation and clients of values-based banks.

Part II of each module explores concepts and theories on leadership, values-based banking, and innovation, and has a strong focus on personaland  reflective leadership practices as well as on tools and best practices, including state of the art leadership approaches.

Organizational Support and Communication

We recommend that organizations send team or several individuals from one organization. In addition, the Human Development Group of the GABV recommends a close communication between the participants of the program, their team members, colleagues and their direct reports at home about the purpose and the content of the program. The facilitators of the Leadership Academy will support participants’ interaction and communication with their respective organizations by providing guidance and learning materials. The members of the GABV Human Development group will also provide guidance.


To apply to the GABV Leadership Academy, please find attached our brochure with all the required information including the time schedules and program details.

Applications for the 20202 cohort close on December 1, 2019.

The program will launch at the GABV Annual Meeting in February 2020.

If you have any questions or would like to apply, contact

Dr. Katrin Kaeufer or

Sonia Reinhardt


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