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

Nominations for our Class of 2021 are now open! Nominations are due August 31.

Though women make up more than 50 percent of the Greater Boston workforce, they are underrepresented in leadership positions. Women’s Leadership Program, presented in partnership with Simmons University, empowers women leaders with the skills and a network they need to excel in their own careers and to create conditions for other women to thrive.  

The Women’s Leadership Program was founded in 2010 to fill a gap in professional women’s-specific leadership development. To date, we’ve graduated nearly 1,000 women from across industries, sectors, and roles.  

“I now know women in every industry. That really helped me take more control at work, become a leader, step up, and while I was doing this program, I was promoted.” – Blair Hollis, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Class of 2016

Expected Outcomes:

  • Toolkit of top in-demand skills and frameworks to bolster women’s leadership in the modern workplace, including:
    • Identify and maximize your leadership and communication style 
    • Collaborate effectively with team members with different leadership and communication styles 
    • Build and maintain a strategic network 
    • Navigate gendered expectations in the workplace 
    • Negotiation tactics 
  • Access to the city’s top women leaders through the Chamber’s Women’s Network 
  • Expanded network consisting of women from a variety of industries, companies, and job functions
  • Individual Action Plan to apply learnings back to organization

Who Should I Nominate? 

  • Women professionals currently employed at a Chamber member company 
  • Candidates who are considered promotable or high performers in organization 
  • Professionals who are committed to expanding their own skill set and the skill set of the other women in their cohort through active participation in the program 
  • Individuals who are intentional and reflective about how this program will advance their professional goals 
  • Diversity is also strongly considered when making selection decisions.

Eligibility & Selection Process

  • Nominate. Submit a nomination July 9 – August 31 for candidates that meet the above criteria. Self-nominations accepted, though employer support is recommended. 
  • Apply. Nominees will be invited to complete an application, which will be due August 31. 
  • DecideA selection committee will notify applicants by September 18.  
  • Commit. Selected applicants will commit to full program attendance and tuition payment of $4000 by September 30. Orientation will be in early October.

The WLP program runs from October through May. To make the program as accessible and inclusive as possible, the majority of content will be offered virtually this year. 

The cost of participation is $4,000, reduced from $5,000 to make the program more accessible during COVID. This tuition covers sessions, course materials, and enrollment at Simmons University. 

See the 2019/2020 WLP Program Schedule (PDF). 

See the list of 2019/2020 WLP participants Cohort A and Cohort B.

For any further inquiries about our Women’s Leadership Program, please contact Alyson Weiss.  

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