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Transform your department or organization with MIT Professional Education group benefits

The more team members you enroll in your organization, the more benefits you can acquire. Depending on the number of members enrolled in our courses, you could obtain these benefits:

  • Special pricing
  • Focus-based, industry-specific feedback from specialized learning facilitators
  • Collaborative learning experience
  • Overall better performance and outcomes

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Why Enroll in this Course?

Understand the importance of intersectionality

Cultivate your leadership persona

Present with diversity, equity, and inclusion in mind

Support Public Policies that empower women to lead

Women in Leadership provides the curriculum, tools, and techniques to become a catalyst for positive change and equity within your organization. Empower yourself to take bold risks in order to advance yourself, your team, and your organization in the face of adversity.

What will you learn?

Most effective approaches to leadership in the 21st-century

Challenges facing women who seek leadership roles

Tactics to achieve equity in any organization

Certificate Women in Leadership | MIT Professional Education

All the participants who successfully complete their program will receive an MIT Professional Education Certificate of Completion, as well as Continuing Education Units (CEUs)*.

To obtain CEUs, complete the accreditation confirmation, which is available at the end of the course. CEUs are calculated for each course based on the number of learning hours.

*The Continuing Education Unit (CEU) is defined as 10 contact hours of ongoing learning to indicate the amount of time they have devoted to a non-credit/non-degree professional development program.

To understand whether or not these CEUs may be applied toward professional certification, licensing requirements, or other required training or continuing education hours, please consult your training department or licensing authority directly.

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Course Outline

Module 1: Understanding Gender

To begin, we will be introduced to basic gender research concepts such as the difference between sex and gender, discover the role that culture plays in promoting gender differences and stereotypes, and discuss the intersectional perspective and its implications for women in leadership.

Module 2: Understanding Leadership

Next, we will learn how to differentiate among the main models and theories of leadership, be introduced to both historic and contemporary research on gender and leadership, and reflect on the challenges that women leaders face in STEM.

Module 3: Women's Path to Leadership in the 21st Century

Here, we will familiarize ourselves with the most recent research on the perks of female leadership, with an emphasis on gender differences in crisis management, compare and contrast recent trends in female leadership, with a focus on the "Lean In" vs. "Lean Out" debate, and learn how to adapt new models of leadership to your own style.

Module 4: Cultivating Your Leadership Persona

In this module, we will focus on the concept of persona and how this pertains to gender and leadership, including body language, speech, cultural variations in communicative norms, and discuss how to effectively manage social media personas.

Module 5: Public Speaking

In this module, we will learn to differentiate between the so-called feminine and masculine styles of public speaking in order to make informed decisions about your own rhetorical style by practicing delivering dynamic speeches with diversity, equity, and inclusion in mind. Lastly, we will discuss how to effectively deal with sexist audiences, especially in the context of Q&A sessions.

Module 6: Working in Teams

Next, we will discuss the definition of teamwork by comparing the main features of some of the most significant team effectiveness models and how to handle the most frequent challenged faced by both female leaders and team members in the workplace. Lastly, we will discuss how to maximize the benefits of gender diversity for optimal team performance.

Module 7: Troubleshooting in Leadership: Conflict and Negotiation

In this module, learn how to recognize and overcome gender discrimination, both in the form of double binds and sexual harassment. We will examine handling conflict and stress by understanding the role played by gender in the workplace and group dynamics. Lastly, we will improve our negotiation skills while fostering an environment that supports fairer negotiation outcomes for all genders.

Module 8: Transformational Leadership

Here, we will define the concept of transformational leadership, why it is important for female leaders, and the core skills involved in its practic, integrating and selecting insights from previous models, specifically those on persona, verbal, nonverbal, public speaking, and teamwork. Lastly, we will practice creating and delivering a vision of strategic director for your team.

Module 9: The Future of Women in Leadership

In the concluding module, we will revisit gender, diversity, and intersectionality. We will look ahead at the projections for the future regarding women in leadership positions and devise personal action plans.

Lead Instructors


Senior Lecturer and Senior Program Manager at MIT


John E. Burchard Professor of Humanities and Co-chair of the Gender Equity Committee of the School of Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences - MIT | Cordinating Instuctor of this course


School of Engineering


Senior Lecturer, Managerial Communication, MIT School Of Engineering


Associate Professor Of Aeronautics And Astronautics, Co Director At Small Satellite Center, MIT School Of Engineering


Arthur Dehon Little Professor, Department Executive Officer, MIT School Of Engineering

MIT Sloan School of Management


Founder of the MIT Leadership Center at the MIT Sloan School of Management

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