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December 2, 2019 @ 9:00 am - December 6, 2019 @ 5:30 pm


In 2016, Boulder Institute, in partnership with the International Finance Corporation, successfully launched the inaugural Back to Boulder: Enhancing Strategic Relevance in Microfinance (B2B) program.  Since the program’s inception 3 years ago, we have trained 218 C-Suite and other senior management professionals from 56 countries representing 218 financial institutions, including many top tier MFIs.

The 4th edition of the Back to Boulder:  Enhancing Strategic Relevance in Microfinance (B2B) program will include a special track dedicated to digital financial services. The program is designed for C-Suite level executives and board members of financial service providers and will be held from December 2-6, 2019 in Washington, D.C., USA.

The field of financial inclusion currently faces a contradiction in many markets: clients remain unbanked while certain market pockets have become oversaturated and highly challenging. Our new Back to Boulder: Enhancing Strategic Relevance in Microfinance program brings together leaders from within and outside of the microfinance community, as well as international experts in leadership and change management, to provide participants with practical tools, cases and experiences in the areas of:

  • Risk Governance: Developing strategic responses to risk and crisis in order to protect the resiliency of your institution.
  • Enhanced Competitiveness: In these times of increased competition for clients’ wallets that comes from new delivery channels and disruptive innovators, we explore how to attract, keep and deepen relationships with clients.
  • Digital Financial Services:  What questions do directors need to ask as their teams develop and embark on digital strategies? Guided by innovators and specialists, explore both successful and failed cases while learning how to identify key factors.

Through 32 academic hours, participants learn from over 15 renowned experts from within and outside of the microfinance community. Morning and afternoon plenary sessions provide insights into the complex nature of change leadership and explore how to remain pertinent given current market forces.

Back to Boulder is designed to be highly interactive in order to maximize opportunities for the peer-to-peer learning and leverage participants’ own exceptional experiences. It is offered in English and registrations are accepted based on eligibility criteria. You can register here.

This event takes place in Washington, D.C. and is hosted by the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group. For more information regarding the 2019 program schedule, venue and application process please contact us:


December 2, 2019 @ 9:00 am
December 6, 2019 @ 5:30 pm


International Finance Corporation
2121 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20433 United States


Boulder Institute and International Finance Corporation
+1 (315) 760-3091