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.

"Develop a new strategic plan to meet the needs of Zontians while opening new pathways for other gender equality advocates who care about our causes to engage with Zonta. This plan will be developed in year one of the biennium and shared with all members."
— Biennial Goal 5: Position Zonta for the Future


Zonta, Gender Equity, and a Vision for 2030 & Beyond
Zonta International's Strategic Plan Goals and Strategies 2023–2030


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.
  • ZI Board met in January 2023 and received a consolidated report of all data sources from the investigative journey (survey, focus groups, membership statistics, program statistics, external trends, financial projections, etc.) and created a draft strategic plan.
  • Survey results made available to members with informational webinar in February 2023.
  • Report of the information gathered from the Resolution 2 working group made available to members June 2023.
  • Published and informed members of the release of Zonta, Gender Equity, and a Vision for 2023 & Beyond - Zonta International's Strategic Plan Goals and Strategies 2023-2030.
  •  ZI Board further develops the vision and investigates, determines and prioritizes strategies and tactics to take the organization forward.
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