ENTERING THE NEW CENTURY, Zonta International needs to make bold decisions to ensure that the organization is in the best position to remain a leading global organization for empowering women and girls. The time is right to analyze whether a simplified framework for membership, governance and operations would help Zonta MEET THE CHALLENGES OF CHANGE.”
— Resolution 2: Conducting an overall review of Zonta International. Adopted July 2020.

So, what has happened? … And what are we doing next?


  • Established a Board working group.
  • Engaged an external advisor to facilitate a PESTLE (political, economic, social, technological, legal, and environmental) analysis and provide constructive input into the working group.
  • Created terms of reference and identified four key focus areas for the 2020-2022 Biennium: strategy, governance, membership and advocacy.
  • Distributed a pulse survey to all members in April 2021.
  • Conducted a series of focus groups with governors, club presidents, past international presidents and Headquarters staff in October 2021.
  • Issued an Executive Summary in March 2022 Club Mailing.
  • Published a full report in April 2022.
  • Hosted a webinar for all members on 26 April 2022.
  • Presented a workshop at the Zonta International Convention in Hamburg, Germany on 25 June 2022.
  • Resolution 2 working group is conducting research on the topics of international service projects, fundraising and awards and scholarships.
  • Survey sent to members and key stakeholders in October 2022.
Next Steps
  • Analyze the information gathered from the Resolution 2 working group.
  • ZI Board to receive first level data from member survey at the December board meeting.
  • ZI Board to meet in January 2023, receive a consolidated report of all data sources from the investigative journey (survey, focus groups, membership statistics, program statistics, external trends, financial projections, etc.) and create a draft strategic plan.
  • Distribute member survey results to membership.
  • Distribute strategic plan and supporting materials to Zonta members.

In January 2023, the Zonta International Board will meet to review the recommendations of the working group from the 2020-2022 and 2022-2024 biennia and approve a long-term strategic plan for the organization. The strategic plan will be published and shared with the full Zonta membership sometime in the first quarter of 2023.


Visit https://www.zonta.org/Web/About/Strategic_Plan_Survey.aspx to learn more about the survey and how to translate it into the language of your choice.



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