Course Description

Public attention around the #MeToo movement, diversity and inclusion programs, and heightened awareness about the lack of women in leadership positions has sparked critical conversations about building gender-inclusive work environments.  Women continue to lag far behind men in leadership positions throughout the United States and globally.  Today, women comprise fewer than a quarter of executive and senior leadership positions. Women represent just 5% of Fortune 500 CEO’s, 21% of corporate board members, and less than a quarter of the United States Congress and state legislatures.[1]

This interactive course will examine the current reality of where women stand in leadership across industries, expose participants to cutting-edge research to illuminate how and why these gaps exist, and give participants a better understanding of practical ways to address these gender gaps.  Through small group activities and interactive instruction, participants will understand how to tackle the barriers to women’s leadership encountered within their organizations, and in society. They will uncover top ten tips for navigating the biggest challenges and develop their own strategies for stronger and effective leadership. Participants will learn from leading experts in women's leadership who have worked as practitioners in the space for over 20 years. 

Participants will better understand current trends around gender diversity in the workplace, improve their gender-awareness, and grow their ability to act on this information. During this one-day course, participants will identify their own blind spots, better diagnose organizational blind spots, and gain practical tools to tap into the full potential of talent in themselves and for their organization.

Designed for:

  • Women leaders who are interested in leveraging cutting-edge research, tools, and tactics to build a more gender-inclusive workplace for themselves and other women.
  • Men who are interested in creating a more gender-inclusive workplace.  
  • Leadership coaches who want to improve their capacity for advancing women leaders and better understand the gender dimensions to leadership.


Course Outline

This one-day course will be highly interactive.  Participants will explore the following topics:

  • Impact of gender biases across industries
  • The state of women’s leadership in the #MeToo era
  • Leveraging the talent of women in the workplace
  • Impact of gender on leadership and decision-making
  • Research on women’s leadership styles and approaches
  • Strategic tools and tactics to advance stronger women leaders  
  • Practical approaches to champion women and build a gender-inclusive culture and organization

The course will include Pre-Reading (articles TBD) to ensure that participants have a basic knowledge of concepts and definitions. The Pre-Reading will also help them begin to think about the course topic and their own experiences related to leadership in the workplace.

About the course facilitators:

Kristin Haffert and Jessica N. Grounds have been active practitioners and researchers on the topic of gender and women’s leadership for the past two decades. They have worked globally on gender dynamics in politics and business, with experience training, coaching and developing programs in more than 100 countries.  Together, they advise companies on gender and leadership with particular expertise on the dynamic challenges facing women leaders rising to the top within corporate, organizational and government entities.  Both course instructors are graduates of Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Grasp and discuss cutting-edge research that shows the bottom line impact of women's leadership and a gender-inclusive workforce
  • Build insight and an understanding of global and US workplace trends to analyze and promote others’ leadership within their team/group/organization/practice
  • Identify instances of gender bias and the impact of different leadership styles
  • Recognize the distinction between internal/organizational barriers and external/societal barriers to increase leadership opportunities
  • Leverage greater awareness about women’s leadership challenges, choices, and skills required both for themselves and for women within their organization
  • Apply practical communication and management strategies to increase opportunities for women to lead


Graduates from the School of Continuing Studies at Georgetown University are eligible for a 10% alumni discount on select ITL courses, workshops, and seminars (certificate programs excluded). Send an email to itlprograms@georgetown.edu to learn about your eligibility.

Early Registration
Participants who register at least 21 days prior to the course start date will receive a 10% tuition discount. Please note that only one tuition discount can be applied at time of registration.

Course Registration
This course is an open enrollment course. No application is required and registration is available by clicking "Add to Cart." Current students must register with their Georgetown NetID and password. New students will be prompted to create an account prior to registration.

Please review the refund policies in our Student Handbook before completing your registration.

[1] Catalyst: http://www.catalyst.org/knowledge/women-sp-500-companies; CAWP: http://www.cawp.rutgers.edu/current-numbers

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