Nancy Barry

TAGS: Entrepreneur, Leadership, World Affairs

Nancy Barry

Ms. Barry is recognized as a global leader in building enterprise and financial systems that work for the majority. She was President of Women's World Banking from 1990 to August 2006. With Nancy’s leadership, WWB network members dramatically increased outreach of financial services to low income women and households, with over 23 million clients served in 2006. WWB shaped the microfinance industry, mobilizing other key actors to build new paradigms, policies and performance standards, globally and in the major emerging markets of Asia, Latin America and Africa. WWB also mobilized mainstream financial institutions to provide financial services for the majority.

In September 2006, Nancy Barry launched NBA Enterprise Solutions to Poverty. In its first four years, ESP mobilized over 150 leaders of corporations, banks and enterprises in India, China, Colombia, Mexico and Kenya to build inclusive business strategies. The objective is to engage over 50 million low income people as suppliers, distributors and consumers of asset-building products by 2014. ESP’s focus is on agribusiness, decentralized distribution systems, financial products and profitable social services.



  • Innovative and Sustainable Approaches to Making Change

    Based upon Nancy Barry's experience leading Women's World Banking and Enterprise Solutions to Poverty--both networks of private sector leaders building inclusive business and finance--Nancy will talk about how local organizations and networks can become effective leaders of change. Some of the key areas which Nancy will address, using examples from WWB and ESP experience with organizations around the world, include the following:
    Taking the time to build shared vision, core principles, and performance standards

    Finding the ways to lead, by achieving scale and by "franchising" new, successful approaches.

    Leveraging strong results and shared messages to mobilize others for action and to shape the system

    Finding the funders which will back and capitalize high performing organizations which are agents for change.

    Finding ways to measure what we care about--on the performance, outreach, and impact of our organizations, and on how well we have used our collective clout to build broader change.

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