Leadership Development

Greater Boston’s talented workforce isn’t just a driving force of our economy. It’s our competitive advantage.

We help our members invest in that talent through comprehensive leadership development offerings designed to connect and grow strong leaders who lead both inside and out of the office. Our leadership development programs offer a unique blend of classroom and experiential learning that allows participants to:

  • Build meaningful, long-lasting connections
  • Learn from our region's most influential leaders
  • Think critically about key business, policy and civic issues facing Greater Boston

All in for Advancement

Accepting new company participants for 2020! Submit a statement of interest by December 16, 2019.

Most businesses want to create equitable workplaces for women, but far too often, office cultures fall short of being truly inclusive due to both conscious and unconscious behaviors. When female professionals are forced to deal with negative work environments, studies show they are far more likely to depart careers, companies, and industries. And when women leave the workplace, we know it hurts our economy and significantly depletes the talent pool.

To help Boston businesses address workplace issues that may be holding female professionals back, the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce Women’s Network and Babson College are pleased to partner on a new year-long, custom group leadership program designed to support organizations as they shape and shift their culture towards gender equity and inclusivity.

Our Mission

Develop leaders who will have a positive impact on their office cultures by helping them gain a deeper understanding of gender acumen and inclusion, and provide them with the learning tools needed to achieve inclusivity in the Greater Boston business community.

All In for Advancement Program Elements

  • Curated educational sessions on gender acumen, entrepreneurial behavior and design thinking and stewarding culture change in the workplace, taught by Babson College faculty
  • Peer support and networking within and across companies and industries
  • Exposure to exemplary leaders of company culture change efforts
  • Tailored group coaching to reach company identified goals through action learning projects
  • Strategic tools and support to launch a scalable pilot effort to promote women's inclusion, to be presented to internal company leadership at the close of the program.
  • Lead the charge in the larger groundswell of support for women in the workforce in Greater Boston.

Announcing the Inaugural Cohort of 2019 INfluencers

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*In addition to participating in the program, Comcast is the 2019 sponsor for All in for Advancement

Who Should Participate?

We are recruiting companies who are dedicated to supporting culture change from within and have the support of their CEO and senior leadership in championing inclusive cultures. Each company will identify and send three to four staff members to participate. We suggest choosing those participants based on the following criteria. 

  • There should be a mix of genders, functional areas/departments/ disciplines, seniority, racial and ethnic backgrounds, and other dimensions of diversity among the participants. Organizations should think about who does, or can, influence their office culture, formally or informally. 
  • Focus on staff outside of human resources and diversity and inclusion departments. This is not a program meant for HR/D&I professionals as these employees have already been primed as a part of their job description to be aware of many of the points this program will be teaching. Therefore, the All in for Advancement program is targeting employees throughout the organization who can support and reinforce the work of their HR/D&I colleagues. 
  • HR/D&I officials’ input will be sought throughout the program. The program is an opportunity to lead a social innovation project and can be positioned as an opportunity to raise the professional profile of participants. 

Program Commitment:

  • CEO, Boston/MA Office Managing Partner, or local office leadership commits to championing culture to retain and advance women, and, thus, support the organization's participation in the ALL IN for Advancement program.
  • Formal ALL IN sessions run from February 2020 - January 2021.
  • 10 - 15 hours per month required to work on the pilot project within the organization.
  • $15,000 program fee which includes up to four participants.

Interested in joining All in for Advancement?

To be considered for our 2020 cohort, interested companies should request an informational session and submit a statement of interest by November 22. Company participants will be accepted on a rolling basis. Please contact Caitlin Fisher, Director of Leadership Initiatives.

See All in for Advancement 2020 Details PDF (PDF). Apply to the program today!

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