Session Date-Application DeadlineProgram Fee$10,200Program Director
Program Fee: The program fee includes tuition, housing, curricular materials and most meals.
Executive Certificate: This program is a core program in the Public Leadership concentration. This program can also be used as a third program for any concentration in the Executive Certificate series.
Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs): This program aligns with one or more Executive Core Qualifications.
The rise of women into society's most powerful leadership roles—across sectors and around the globe—ranks among the most profound social transformations in recent decades.
Women and Power is an intensive, one-week on-campus program designed to accelerate women’s leadership advancement by equipping participants with strategic tools, enhancing core leadership skills, and providing access to a mutually supportive global network of extraordinary peers. The curriculum builds upon the research and executive coaching and education experience of Faculty Co-Chairs Hannah Riley Bowles and Farayi Chipungu, fellow program participants, and other leadership experts.
This program draws on insights from the cutting edge of recent research on women's leadership advancement. Together with your cohort of leaders from diverse professional backgrounds and similar levels of career achievement, you will gain new skills and frameworks for analyzing political and strategic management issues. A person's gender/sex is not a criterion for admission.
During the program, you will be immersed in an inspiring and highly interactive classroom setting that provides the opportunity to discuss strategies for enhancing women's influence and authority in organizational and political contexts, as well as examine today’s most pressing leadership challenges. In-class exercises, case studies, simulations, and small-group discussions create an engaging learning environment. This format gives you and your peers the opportunity to work through real-life challenges while honing your analysis, communications, and negotiations skills. You will return home equipped to apply what you have learned to your current professional situation.
A focal point for sharing in the program are the morning consultation groups. Through this daily discussion, you will gain insight and guidance from your classmates on an array of leadership and management issues. The relationships you make in these groups will continue to be valuable sources of guidance after you return to your organizational role.
The Women and Power curriculum explores the multi-dimensional issues faced by women executives, focusing on:
- New conceptual frameworks for thinking about leadership across public, nonprofit, and corporate sectors
- Challenging political and strategic management issues
- Communication and negotiation skills
- How the political process can be influenced
- The comparison of lessons learned with others from diverse professional backgrounds and similar levels of career achievement
- The latest research on women and leadership
Women and Power is designed for senior executives from public, nonprofit/NGO and corporate organizations. While the program is designed specifically to support women's leadership advancement, admissions criteria are based on applicants' professional experience; leadership potential, especially in the public or civic sectors; and their anticipated contributions to the collective learning experience.
Recommended applicants include:
- Senior level public officials serving at the national, state or local level
- C-level corporate executives, including presidents and vice presidents
- Nonprofit/NGO board members and senior administrators
- Senior posts in national and international civil service
- Senior elected and appointed public officials