Leadership & Development

 Great work relies on great people and strong networks.

If we want to build a better world, we need to invest in leaders and the infrastructure needed to support the change we want to see.

We believe in supporting and developing the leaders and advocates of tomorrow.

Acumen is changing how the world tackles poverty by investing in companies, leaders, and ideas. Acumen invests patient capital in businesses whose products and services enable the poor to transform their lives. Founded by Jacqueline Novogratz in 2001, Acumen has invested more than $154 million in 167 companies across Africa, Latin America, South Asia, and the United States.

The Center for Intimacy Justice is a nonprofit currently working to change discriminatory ad policies that censor health ads for women and people with vulvas — to allow more health information and expression about women’s sexual health and wellness.

Design and Art Direction, formerly British Design and Art Direction, is a British educational organization created in 1962 to promote excellence in design and advertising.


D&AD’s New Blood Awards programme kick starts the careers of emerging creatives by offering them the chance to tackle briefs set by leading commercial brands and judged by top design executives.  By entering briefs focused menstruation, menopause, sexual pleasure and safe abortion access, The Case for Her has used the competition to challenge students to take on socially stigmatized topics, and in so doing has integrated learning opportunities to de-stigmatize women’s health into the curricula of design colleges around the globe. 

IDEO.org is a nonprofit design studio on a mission to design a more just and inclusive world. IDEO partners with nonprofit organizations, foundations, governments, companies, and communities to design programs, products, and services focused on improving health, economic mobility, and wellbeing.

Tostan empowers communities to develop and achieve their vision for the future and inspires large-scale movements leading to #DignityForAll. Since 1991, Tostan has brought its holistic three year education program to thousands of communities in ten African countries: Burkina Faso, Djibouti, The Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Mauritania, Senegal, Somalia, and Sudan.

“The Case for Her’s partnership in our New Blood Awards has enabled D&AD to secure a place for women’s health on the global creative curriculum. Over the past three years, we’ve briefed advertising and design students and emerging talent in 117 countries with breaking taboos. They’ve tackled issues related to Menstruation, the Pleasure Gap and most recently, Menopause. 

Why do we think this is important? Our industry changes hearts, minds and behaviour for a living. We’re building advocacy amongst an audience that is about to become very influential. They are the immediate next generation of commercial creatives. That is, the folks responsible for creating the brands, images and advertising that our daughters and sons will encounter on the streets and on their screens. Their decisions will directly impact public opinion. So it’s crucial that the subjects raised through our partnerships are delivered in an engaging (and sometimes provocative) way and the education comes from a reliable source. The Case for Her’s investment of time, money, energy and expertise enables all of this.”

Sammi Vaughan, Partnerships Director


“The Case for Her has been catalytic for Center for Intimacy Justice’s work. Wendy and Cristina funded us boldly from our beginnings – based on ideas and research – supporting us to carry out investigation, strategy, legal work, and more to rewrite tech corporate policies in ways that advance sexual health for women and people of diverse genders. Cristina and Wendy are true partners. In addition to offering capital that has been instrumental for CIJ – and taking risks – the full TCFH team shares brilliant insights, from marketing to resource development and other areas.

Because they know systems and the landscape, they also make valuable introductions to build the field – and they advocate and share about our work, including in Europe and with organizations spanning five continents, to reach partners in new geographies. Their passion also makes them a joy to work with. Our first year was completely different because of TCFH’s support. They are game changers and pioneering investors in women’s sexual health – the field is different because of their vision and commitment.”

Jackie Rotman, Founder and CEO

Center for Intimacy Justice