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Harvard Graduate School of Education

Women in Education Leadership

Oct 5—7
3 days
Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
USD 2650
USD 883 per day

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Educational leadership requires skill, passion, and perseverance, and these already-complex roles often present an additional set of challenges for women leaders.


Women in Education Leadership convenes senior leaders interested in strengthening their leadership skills to advance education initiatives. The program focuses on how female senior leaders can effectively navigate multiple responsibilities and constituencies, and it provides a unique opportunity for growth and renewal among diverse yet like-minded women.

Program Details

This three-day interactive program is designed to facilitate self-reflection and peer networking. Through workshops, lectures, and case discussions, you will learn to think more strategically and employ advanced leadership skills, with a special focus on effective negotiation and communication techniques. You will come away having made lasting connections with other women leaders who are equally committed to leading for change in education.


  • Identify the unique leadership challenges and opportunities facing women in education today
  • Understand when and how gender plays a role in organizational and personal advancement
  • Learn how successful women negotiate for what they need to be effective leaders
  • Gain new strategies for building and leading senior leadership teams
  • Create a lasting network of women leaders across the sector who are affecting change in education

Who should attend

Senior leaders across K-12 and higher education, including:

  • Superintendents, assistant superintendents, chief academic officers, and principals
  • Chief state school officers and state-level leaders
  • CEOs of nonprofit organizations and foundations
  • Program directors, department chairs, and other administrative leaders in higher education


Deborah Jewell-Sherman is the first woman professor of practice at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE). She served as superintendent of the Richmond (VA) Public Schools from 2002 to 2008 and built a reputation as one of the most successful urban district superintendents in the country...

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Oct 5—7
3 days
Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
USD 2650
USD 883 per day

How it works

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