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

Women's Leadership Program

Designed to provide emerging female professionals the opportunity to enhance their leadership skills while building a professional network that will serve them and their organizations throughout their careers. We partner with Simmons University to provide content specifically focused on the female professional.

Boston's Future Leaders

Boston’s Future Leaders activates emerging leaders under the age of 40 by giving them exposure to established public, private, and nonprofit leadership practices, access to our region’s leaders, experiential learning opportunities, and a cross-sector network. Presented in partnership with Harvard Business School and Suffolk University, participants graduate with the skills, experience, and connections they need to lead Boston into the future.

Nominations for our 2020 class is now closed. They will reopen in October for the 2021 cohort.

Certificate Programs

Transformational DEI Certificate Program

Fluency and training in diversity, equity, and inclusion is critical for business success in our increasingly complex and networked worlds, and the urgency has never been more clear.  Offered in partnership with Diversity@Workplace Consulting Group, participants at any level of their organization will be equipped with actionable tools and techniques to bring back to their workplaces. 

The certificate program will include three modules each split into 2 two-hour virtual sessions for a total of six sessions. Each module will build in complexity, starting with foundational understanding, building to DEI strategy for businesses, and concluding with training on the nuanced aspects of DEI including unconscious bias and microaggressions. We encourage more than one person per organization to participate to help increase organizational comfort with and adoption of learnings. Modules can be taken separately, however, to earn a digital certificate, one must complete all three modules (a total of six sessions). We will repeat these modules in the Fall 2020.

Module 1: DEI Foundation

  • Session 1 - Tuesday July 14, 2:00 pm-4:00 pm
  • Session 2 - Friday, July 17, 10:00 am-12:00 pm

Module 2: DEI Strategy

  • Session 1 - Wednesday, July 22, 2:00 pm-4:00 pm
  • Session 2 - Friday, July 24, 10:00 am-12:00 pm

Module 3: DEI Nuance

  • Session 1  - Tuesday, July 28, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • Session 2 - Friday, July 31, 10:00 am-12:00 pm

Empowering Managers Certificate Program - POSTPONED TILL FALL 2020

The jump from individual contributor to leader or manager of direct reports can be challenging and derails many talented, aspiring leaders. In this four–part leadership development series, led by Bentley University, we will address common leadership challenges that often hinder managers, especially first-time managers, as they grow in their roles. You will work to move into a leadership mindset, explore methods to influence employee motivation and address poor performance, learn how to coach employees through development opportunities, and improve your ability to manage up and across organizations. Throughout these sessions, emphasis will be placed on employing practices that foster an inclusive work culture. A digital certificate will be awarded upon completion of three of the four sessions. Sessions include: 

Shaping your Role as a Leader

Optimizing Performance through Others

Coaching for Employee Development

Leveraging Personal Power

For more information on our certificate programs, contact Alyson Weiss, Senior Manager of Leadership Initiatives at aweiss@bostonchamber.com.

All in for Advancement

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 custom group leadership program designed to support organizations as they shape and shift their culture towards gender equity and inclusivity. 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.

Sponsored by

Academic Partners