Women own only about 32 cents for every dollar of wealth owned by men. In 2022, women’s median weekly earnings were 82.3% that of men. The wage gap is even larger for Black women who are paid 63 cents for every dollar paid to white, non-Hispanic men. What’s more, women spend nearly twice as much time on unpaid care and domestic work as men.

Persistent pay gaps and unequal caregiving responsibilities lead to lower lifetime earnings, limited wealth, and financial insecurity for women, which are even more pronounced for Black and Latina women. These disparities perpetuate cycles of poverty, discrimination, and hinder women’s economic opportunities and wealth-building potential.

The Lean Impact for Scale Training Program helps organizations tackling this issue build their scaling strategies and iteratively develop or refine interventions for scale.

We carefully select participants for each cohort so that our scale experts can spend time with you in 1:1 personalized coaching. Over the course of 10 weeks, you’ll learn in a cohort alongside other ambitious senior leaders, and receive fully-funded support to:

  • Define your scale strategy, identifying viable partners and payers
  • Learn how to de-risk uncertainties by testing with your community, partners and payers
  • Use data driven insights to improve your strategy
  • Develop a roadmap for continuous testing and improvement

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Program Details

Zero cost

Lean Impact for Scale is fully-funded, with no cost for participants.


The programme will take place over Zoom.


2 members of your leadership team commit to 1 day per week


The programme will take place over 10
weeks from January – March 2024


What you’ll leave with

“We were guessing at how to get to impact at scale. The cohort enabled us to test so many ideas we’ve been sitting on for years and to really understand what it will take to get to scale. It’s been absolutely invaluable.”
– Amala Education

By being a part of this cohort, you will be well on your way to long-term financial sustainability. You will gain:

A defined, data-driven scale strategy, and identify viable partners and payers

De-risked uncertainties by testing your approach with your community, partners, and payers

Skills and knowledge to embed in your organisation  for continuous testing and improvement

Who it's for

The program is for US-based organizations meeting the following criteria:

  • Mission: Reducing the gender wage or wealth gap, and unpaid care gap. Centering the intersectionality of institutional racism and gender inequity
  • Life stage: Growing or mature organizations that are ready to reach their next level of scale by building scaling strategies and iteratively developing or refining interventions for scale
  • Size: Sufficient funding to sustain operations for the next 2+ years, annual budget less than 20M
  • Geographic focus: US (regional, state, or national level)
  • Commitment required: Two leadership team members are each able to commit 1 day per week

How you'll learn

Over the course of 10 weeks, you learn through:

  • 5 x 90-min virtual cohort sessions 
  • 5 x 30-min virtual individual coaching calls 
  • Applied activities including building minimum viable products, testing with constituents, and data analysis between each cohort session 

A team member should dedicate at least 1 day per week for experimentation

What to expect

Find out more about the key questions you'll be finding answers for throughout the course, as well as what previous participants' experience looked like

The questions you'll answer:

  • What scale pathways are right for us and how can we avoid wasting resources pursuing the wrong strategy?
  • How can we find sustainable funding beyond grants?
  • Who are our partners at scale, and will they deliver  with quality and at scale?


The Alumni Experience:

  • 100% of participants have successfully formulated a crystal-clear scale strategy hypothesis.
  • 100% have actively executed at least one real-world test alongside partners or funders, with 60% taking the remarkable stride of conducting three or more tests.
  • Over half of the participants rated their likelihood to recommend the program at a perfect 10/10, while every participant scored it at 8 or above.


What is Lean Impact?

As problems in our society become increasingly complex, mission-driven organizations need to become more ambitious, nimble and effective at producing solutions that make a difference at scale.

We developed our Lean practice with Ann Mei Chang, author of ‘Lean Impact: How to Innovate for Radically Greater Social Good’ and Steve Nagai-Ma, one of our sector’s most experienced lean impact practitioners.

Lean Impact is based on three principles:

  • Think Big – set audacious goals and build an engine for growth that will move the needle relative to the size of the problem
  • Start Small – build the agility to run fast experiments and drive feedback loops that will accelerate your pace of learning and reduce waste of time and money
  • Relentlessly Seek Impact, Value, and Scale – identify and track the metrics that matter to increase impact and scale

To find out more, listen to our podcast episode with Ann Mei Chang, or visit this page to find out more about lean innovation support.

Not sure this is for you?

Check our 'Getting Scale Ready'.- a 5-week online course designed to help you build the foundations for scale

The Scaling Impact Toolkit

Check out our open-source tools designed to put the ability to scale up in your hands
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