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

Nominations for our 2019-2020 class are now closed. They will re-open in June of 2020 for the 2020-2021 cohort.

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 over 820 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

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 

Eligibility & Selection Process

  • Nominate. Submit a nomination June 1 – July 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 July 31. 
  • DecideA selection committee will accept two distinct cohorts of 65 women each, divided by experience level, and notify applicants by August 30.  
  • Commit. Selected applicants will commit to full program attendance and tuition payment by September 5. 

The WLP program runs from September through June. The cost of participation is $5,000, which includes sessions, course materials, and meals.

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

See the list of 2018/2019 WLP participants (PDF).

Nominations for our 2019-2020 class are now closed. They will re-open in June 2020 for the 2020-2021 cohort. For any further inquiries about our Women’s Leadership Program, please contact Alyson Weiss.  

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