Women and Power: Leadership in a New World

Women and Power: Leadership in a New World

Faculty Chair: Hannah Riley Bowles, Associate Professor of Public Policy

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

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.