Women in Leadership: Online Program for Emerging Leaders

This program invites emerging women leaders to attend interactive online sessions designed to foster leadership, professional growth, and gender equity in the workplace.

Organizations thrive and out-perform their competitors when they have greater gender equality and a strong pipeline of diverse talent in which to tap. This unique leadership program is designed to help emerging women leaders achieve their goals. 

The curriculum develops high-potential leaders at multiple levels with the skills to advance their own careers and to promote diversity in the workplace.

This 5-week program will blend pre-work, live instruction, self-driven action items, and group consultation to assist emerging women leaders in the development of their key attributes to become strategic leaders. During each week of live instruction, participants are led by industry professionals on varying leadership topics, creating a robust program.

Note: All program content will be delivered live and will not be recorded.

Program Modules:

  • Your Leadership Story (Live session)
  • Leadership Communication (Live session)
  • Navigating Organizational Politics (Live session)
  • Negotiating for Leadership Success (Live session)
  • Leadership and Peer Coaching (Group session)

Topics Covered

Bringing a Strategic Focus to Your Role:
• Increasing your level of contribution
• Aligning capabilities with strategy
• Developing vision

Communicating as a Woman:
• Gender and its impact on communication
• Body language
• Persuasive methods

Building Productive Relationships:
• Becoming a trusted advisor
• Identifying key players in and outside of your organization
• Building confidence and credibility with those in your network 

Gender and Negotiation:
• Creating impactful outcomes as a female negotiator
• Winning strategies for negotiations
• Achieving organizational support

Who Should Enroll

Women emerging as leaders with 3-7 years of leadership experience. For high-potential women moving into leadership roles, this program provides the tools and unique perspective to be successful within their organizations. They will gain the skills they need to lead, communicate, and negotiate with confidence.

Program Information

Program Dates

Fridays, Feb. 19—March 19
Thursdays, April 29—May 27

Class Times

1:00—3:00 pm ET

Program Fee

2021 Program Fee: $2,150


Online (Zoom)


Pamela Rucker brings more than 25 years of experience helping executives to understand their business drivers, and to develop solutions that increase their bottom line. She has worked in diverse industries, and her expertise and leadership philosophy have been instrumental in providing solutions that add significant value to corporate profitability.

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Jill Abruzese Slye has nearly 30 years of business experience in sales, management, communications, public speaking, career event planning, and employer relations. As a Harvard University Extension School graduate, Jill was elected and inducted into the Phi Beta Chapter of Alpha Sigma Lambda.

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Emily F. Epstein has been helping people influence one another and manage conflict for over two decades. She founded Oakbay Consulting to teach businesses, NGOs, and government agencies more effective negotiation, facilitation, mediation, and communication skills. Epstein works with organizations in a wide range of industries, including technology, marketing, law, financial services, medicine, science, entertainment, hospitality, construction, and design. Her work has brought her throughout Asia, the Middle East, Europe, and the Americas. Epstein is currently a lecturer of law at the University of California Berkeley School of Law, and she has served in the past as associate faculty at Harvard Law School’s Program on Negotiation and as adjunct faculty at the Georgetown University Law Center.

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Julie M. Jungalwala, founder of the Institute for the Future of Learning and an advisor to entrepreneurial students at Harvard’s Innovation Lab, has over 15 years experience as a leadership consultant, trainer, and coach working with a range of for-profit and nonprofit clients across the United States and Europe. As a learning and development consultant at Harvard University, Julie was the recipient of the Harvard Hero award for outstanding contributions to the University. Her recent book, The Human Side of Changing Education, was published by Corwin Press in 2018.

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Areen Shahbari is a social entrepreneur, a business consultant, and a lecturer on entrepreneurship, strategic management, marketing, and effective communication at Harvard University Extension School and Simmons School of Business. She provides consulting services to local and international entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial companies, leads travel courses that focus on women leadership and entrepreneurship, serves on business and entrepreneurship panels, and leads workshops and training on networking, negotiation, entrepreneurship, communicating across cultures, and persuasion. Shahbari has taught in the United States, Chile, Jordan, Palestine, Morocco, Turkey, and Mexico. She is also the Chief Executive Officer of Cactus Int., a company that she founded in 2013 to promote women entrepreneurship in the Middle East and North Africa Region.

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