Our societies today are confronted with disruptive change.

Climate change, digitalization, mass migration, and economic inequality are some examples. These disruptive changes not only create challenges, they also invite us to innovate and think outside of the box.

Values-based banks use finance as a tool to address these challenges. Leaders in values-based banks need to develop the capacity to work with these disruptions in positive and innovative ways.

To help leaders develop these skills, the Global Alliance for Banking on Values, in collaboration with the Presencing Institute and the MIT Community Innovators Lab, has launched a leadership development program: the GABV Leadership Academy.


The Leadership Academy is built around the Theory U method of leadership development. Theory U proposes that the quality of the results that we create in any kind of social system is a function of the quality of awareness, attention, or consciousness that the participants in the system operate from.

Theory U is both a framework for innovation and a method for leading profound change.

You can learn more about Theory U on the Presencing Institute website.

Who should participate?

The online program is designed for leaders of GABV member banks who wish to co-create a future of values-based banks that consider the well-being of people and the planet. Participants benefit most from the program when they:

  • are leading a team, a department of project, or are a senior co-worker with a wide range of responsibilities,
  • are open to new ideas and wish to advance their leadership skills,
  • are interested in thinking about innovations for values-based banking in times of disruption, and,
  • are committed to advancing the idea and practice of values-based banking.


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

Dr. Katrin Kaeufer or Sonia Reinhardt

Our brochure can be found here.

Registration for the 2021 Leadership Academy is now closed.