Brookings Executive Education

Program Series Women's Leadership Network

Women’s Leadership: Strategies for Success

A New Approach to Executive Development for Women

In a world of increasingly horizontal and fluid work arrangements, the traits more common to women—collaborative, group-oriented behavior—are fundamental for executive success. Leveraging these strengths helps to prepare women for leadership positions in today’s professional environment.

The Women’s Leadership Network (WLN) is an extraordinary learning journey. You will form close bonds with women leaders across government, building relationships that will support you throughout your career. The program is comprised of three two-day sessions and a two-day capstone. As a new member of the network, the two-day capstone will give you an opportunity to meet alumnae from all past programs to continue to share and build your community of women leaders across agencies.

The curriculum for the WLN is distinct from other BEE leadership courses: it is designed to support the professional development of women in government, nonprofits, and the private sector. In order to make the most of your experience you also will have the option to take a 360-degree leadership assessment. Based on the 360-degree assessment and feedback, you may want to supplement the WLN experience with Executive Pathways courses that are based on the OPM ECQs. BEE will provide you with a $250 credit per course for up to two Executive Pathways programs taken within a year of completing the WLN program.

2016/17 WLN Program Dates:

  • October 19-20, 2016: Strategies for Success
  • January 10-11, 2017: Leading Thinking and Leveraging Strengths
  • March 21-22, 2017: The Mind of a Leader
  • May 23-24, 2017: The Uniqueness of Women's Leadership

Who Should Attend:

  • Women in or engaged with government. 

Program Tuition: $4,500

Location: Washington, D.C.


On the first day of the capstone session, alumnae of WLN have the opportunity to attend a “special topics” seminar. This day-long program will provide current and previous participants with an opportunity to learn from some of today’s most dynamic and insightful experts on women’s leadership issues. This is a unique opportunity to re-engage with your colleagues across government and expand your network.

  • May 23, 2017: Rising to the Apex

Tuition $950 (Open to WLN Alumnae) 

WLN Alumnae express that the Network is a developmental experience unlike any other: one that transforms leadership in organizations by maximizing the unique traits, skills, and abilities of women.

“(From) working with other leaders within government, learning from others how they handle situations, to being part of a cohort of strong women who are very mindful of their leadership styles – this has been an invaluable and impactful experience that . . . I will carry for the rest of my life.”  - WLN Alumnae

“The most impactful training I’ve taken in this stage of my career; life changing.”  - WLN Alumnae

“This has been such an incredibly empowering experience; I’ve gained so much confidence and feel so fortunate to share this experience with such brilliant women.” - WLN Alumnae

"The Women's Leadership: Strategies for Success course eradicated my ideas about what it takes to be an effective leader and I discovered that I, too, can be a successful leader. Seminar leaders led me to discover my authentic leadership style so I can stop trying to copy someone else’s. The seminar leaders helped me to refine my good qualities and enhance my weak ones." - WLN Alumnae

"This program allowed me to rub shoulders with women in government of diverse backgrounds, professions, specialties and experiences.  I’m still in awe of my classmates.  Knowing that I have a coterie of women of excellence who I can call on for advice is priceless."  - WLN Alumnae