Harvard Women and Power Alumnae Association Providing Support and Encouragement After Cambridge

Sixteen years after Harvard Kennedy School introduced Women and Power: Leadership in a New World, this executive education program is still running strong. Its alumnae group, also formed in 2002, is flourishing as well. 

Women and Power focuses on teaching effective leadership strategies to senior executive women in the public, corporate, and NGO/nonprofit sectors. The program's goal is to help women advance to top positions of influence in public leadership.

The Harvard Women and Power Alumnae Association was formed to keep the spirit of the program alive through annual learning experiences. Alumnae have since taken part in memorable reunions in cities domestically and in far-flung locations such as Egypt and Australia. 

Speaking about the group, Professor Hannah Riley Bowles shares, “The mutual support networks that develop over the week are as integral to the curriculum as the academic learning.  It’s such a privilege for me to watch these relationships blossom during the program, and then expand to encompass the broader Women and Power alumnae community after. That our alumnae continue to support and empower each other long after they leave Cambridge is such a gift, and a rarity even among other Executive Education programs.”

Three Women and Power alumnae recently shared their thoughts on this group, whose next reunion is planned for spring 2019 in Rhode Island. 

"Women and Power is an incredible program, and one whose impact has been amplified exponentially for those of us who have been involved in the reunions," says Sallie Glickman (HKSEE 2006), principal of SJM Consulting. "My life would be much poorer if not for Women and Power and our alumnae network." 

"Women and Power reinforced that you can reinvent yourself at any age, as I have been doing since selling my business two-and-a-half years ago," says Kate Putnam (HKSEE 2007), who consults to growing companies. "I meet fellow alumnae from many walks of life and always learn so much from them. What a gift!" 

"The network of women in this group is amazing," adds Katrica Charley (HKSEE 2008), global supply chain director at Sherwin Williams. "The fact that it encompasses women from around the world, all working towards being at the top of their game in their chosen field, provides such inspiration every time we get together." 

The next Women and Power session will take place April 29 to May 4. Learn more and apply today