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
Specifically, participants will:
- Explore new conceptual frameworks for analyzing political and
strategic management issues in the public, non-profit, and corporate
- 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.
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.
“Women and Power was an extraordinary experience I will never forget.”
-Jane Clare Orie, State Senator, Majority Whip, 40th Senatorial District 2002