Brookings Executive Education

Program Series Women's Leadership Network

Women’s Leadership: Strategies for Success

Join other women who are on the fast track to senior leadership positions in a program addressing the contributions women leaders bring to 21st-century organizations. Through the Women’s Leadership Network, you will capitalize on distinctive female strengths while avoiding potential pitfalls. During seven days spread over five months, women from diverse organizations will join together as one cohort-based group to learn how to enhance leadership qualities and explore the secrets of senior-level success, all while maintaining authenticity and balance.

Content will cover a variety of issues critical for women’s success in the workplace: leadership communications and presence, influence and negotiation, decisiveness and risk, and alliances and networks. Instruction will be provided by leading experts in women’s leadership and supplemented by insight from senior women executives in government.

At the beginning of the program, you will take a 360° leadership assessment based on the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) in order to assess improvements and other growth opportunities. Each of the modules will address a cluster of the OPM competencies so that you can develop personal action plans based on classroom content and peer coaching.

The next Fall Women’s Leadership Network will convene on the following dates:

  • October 14-15, 2015
  • December 1-2, 2015
  • January 6-7, 2016
  • February 11, 2016

The next Spring Women’s Leadership Network will convene on the following dates:

  • April 13-14, 2016
  • May 24-25, 2016
  • June 22-23, 2016
  • July 20, 2016

Who Should Attend:

  • Women in or engaged with government. 

Tuition: $4,500

Location: Washington, D.C.

Quotes from Women’s Leadership Network Alumna:  

"There were many aspects of the Women's Leadership series that I found helpful:  the facilitated discussion, creative course materials, access to mentors who have navigated the waters before me.  Perhaps the most impactful part of the experience was learning as a team with my colleagues from other parts of the Federal Government.  Networks were expanded and lasting friendships formed.  Many of us continue to call upon each other for advice, guidance, and support. I gained so much that I have sent every other woman on my staff to subsequent sessions.

Our investment in this series is literally "the gift that keeps on giving"!  I wish every woman in government would attend!"

"Women's Strategies exceeded my expectations, as I felt renewed and energized after each session.  Since taking the course, I've specifically applied lessons learned from the Authentic Leader, Communicating for Success, and Resolving and Embracing Difference courses.  In addition to the course material, I met some dynamic women who have motivated me to reach for the stars!"

"The Women’s Leadership course reinvigorated my personal and professional aspirations. The guest speakers inspired me to improve my leadership skills and my efforts to achieve work-life balance. As a result of the course, I am postponing retirement, seeking new challenges and opportunities to learn and reinvigorate my career, and I want to be a better role model and mentor to young women who are embarking on their careers. 

I am grateful to the women in my mentor group as I learned as much from them as I did from the formal class activities! The opportunity to share our personal experiences about juggling career and family responsibilities, stressful situations, and personal and professional leadership goals helped me identify new career and personal aspirations."   

"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.

The guest speakers were extraordinary and I am grateful to have had the opportunity to listen to, learn from and be inspired by them.

This class allowed me to rub shoulder 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.

Now, excuse me.  I must go and change the world."