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Women and Power: Leadership in a New World

Program Session(s):
April 29, 2018 - May 4, 2018

Application Deadline(s):
February 28, 2018

Program Fee:$8,500

Program fee includes: tuition, housing, curricular materials, and most meals.

Click here to see this program’s Executive Core Qualification (ECQ) alignment.

This program qualifies for an Executive Certificate.

Faculty Chair: Hannah Bowles

Program Director: Erica Lane

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An intense, interactive experience designed to help women advance to top positions of influence in public leadership

The rise of women into society's most powerful leadership roles—across sectors, around the globe—ranks among the most profound social transformations of recent decades.

Women and Power focuses on helping women in senior positions develop effective leadership strategies, with an emphasis on creating successful alliances and enduring partnerships. At its core, the program is an intense, interactive experience designed to help women advance to positions of influence and use them well.

Program participants will engage with Harvard faculty and other dynamic women leaders in the program to explore strategies for enhancing influence and authority in organizational and political contexts. The course uses the Harvard case study method to examine leadership challenges faced by individuals and organizations, and to consider how to apply lessons to present-day professional situations. The course also facilitates sharing lessons from personal experiences to address common challenges. 

Specifically, participants will:

  • Explore new conceptual frameworks for analyzing political and strategic management issues in the public, non-profit, and corporate sectors. 
  • Consider the most recent research on women and leadership and its application in the workplace.
  • Develop skills and strategies for negotiation, coalition-building and influencing political processes.
  • Compare lessons learned with women from diverse professional backgrounds and similar levels of career achievement.

"I expected an engaging, interactive course. I did not anticipate the immediate and ongoing transformational outcome. Cliché maybe, but undeniably life changing. A powerfully designed course exceptionally delivered by a superior team of instructors who were as demonstrably passionate about the pedagogical outcomes as with the holistic student experience. Genius!"

- Wendy Bernard
Managing Partner, The Bernard Law Group
Women and Power participant 2016

What is the value of gender diversity in organizations, politics and society? To learn about the business case for gender equality, watch the Women and Public Policy Program of Harvard Kennedy School's new film, Gender Equality: The Smart Thing To Do. Discover what the evidence tells us from leaders in academia, business, development and politics.


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