Women in Leadership

Becoming an Agent of Change

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We are at a turning point in human history

Women now are in more positions of leadership than ever before. However, there is still a long journey ahead of us in achieving equity. To accomplish this goal, it is necessary for us all to educate ourselves on gender equity and dive into the fundamentals of leadership. It is time to break the glass ceiling.

Women in Leadership: Becoming an Agent of Change provides the curriculum, tools, and techniques to become a catalyst for positive change and equity within your organization. Empower yourself to take bold risks in order to advance yourself, your team, and your organization in the face of adversity.

24%

of senior leadership positions are held by women globally.

Source: Forbes

2% growth

of women’s senior management roles, from 29% to 31%, was witnessed in 2021.

Source: Grant Thorton

15%

of companies in the top quartile for gender diversity are more likely to outperform competition.

Source: McKinsey & Company

An online course catering to your needs as a leader of change toward equity in your organization, society, and the world

MIT Professional Education’s online course in Women in Leadership: Becoming an Agent of Change cohesively consolidates the skills of a modern leader and the facilitation of achieving equity in your organization.

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The skills you will develop

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To understand what innovative research tells us about the most effective approaches to leadership in the 21st century era

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To acknowledge, understand, and address the challenges facing women who seek leadership roles

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To provide practical strategies and tactics to achieve equity in any organizational context

In addition, you will receive a Certificate of Completion

All participants who successfully complete the program will receive an MIT Professional Education Certificate of Completion.

Students in the MIT Professional Education Digital Plus Women in Leadership: Becoming an Agent of Change program will also receive Continuing Education Units (CEU*).

To obtain CEUs, complete the accreditation confirmation, which is available at the end of the course. CEUs are calculated for each course based on the number of learning hours.

* The Continuing Education Unit (CEU) is defined as 10 contact hours of ongoing learning to indicate the amount of time they have devoted to a non-credit/non-degree professional development program.

To understand whether or not these CEUs may be applied toward professional certification, licensing requirements, or other required training or continuing education hours, please consult your training department or licensing authority directly.

This program is directed to:

  • ASPIRING LEADERS
    who must identify the skills needed for successful leadership and how to put them into practice.
  • MANAGERS
    who want to better comprehend the challenges that women in particular face in organizations and businesses in order to make an equitable difference.
  • CEOS AND C-SUITE EXECUTIVES
    looking to take action to promote equitable merit and growth within their organization.
  • CORPORATE ROLES
    cultivating their leadership approach and persona, public presentations, working within teams, and discovering transformational leadership.

NOT ONLY FOR WOMEN BUT ESPECIALLY FOR WOMEN.
This program explicitly and honestly addresses the challenges that women in particular face in organizations and businesses. Leadership historically has been dominated by men and thus often defined by masculine norms. In the 21st century, these norms are changing, and the value of “androgynous” traits and skills has become increasingly recognized and valued.

Meet the instructors of this course

FOUNDER OF THE MIT LEADERSHIP CENTER AT THE MIT SLOAN SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT

Prof. Deborah L. Ancona

“In a rapidly changing world, people need to know who is leading them — that must be clearly articulated. “

Deborah Ancona is the Seley Distinguished Professor of Management, a Professor of Organization Studies, and the Founder of the MIT Leadership Center at the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Her pioneering research into how successful teams operate has highlighted the critical importance of managing outside, as well as inside, the team’s boundary. This research directly led to the concept of X-Teams as a vehicle for driving innovation within large organizations. Ancona’s work also focuses on the concept of distributed leadership and on the development of research-based tools, practices, and teaching/coaching models that enable organizations to foster creative leadership at every level.

She is the author of the book, X-Teams: How to Build Teams That Lead, Innovate, and Succeed (Harvard Business School Press) and the related article, “In Praise of the Incomplete Leader” (Harvard Business Review). In addition to X-Teams, her studies of team performance have also been published in the Administrative Science Quarterly, the Academy of Management Journal, Organization Science, and the MIT Sloan Management Review. Her previous book, Managing for the Future: Organizational Behavior and Processes (South-Western College Publishing), centers on the skills and processes needed in today’s diverse and changing organization. Ancona has served as a consultant on leadership and innovation to companies such as Bristol-Myers Squibb, Bose, Takeda, Li & Fung, OCP, Accenture, ASA, and has served on the Board of the Penn Graduate School of Education and the working group of the Canadian Council of Academies.

Ancona holds a BA and an MS in psychology from the University of Pennsylvania and a PhD in management from Columbia University

SENIOR LECTURER, MANAGERIAL COMMUNICATION, MIT

Dr. Kara Blackburn

“We strive to prepare students to become principled leaders in the future.”

Kara Blackburn is a Senior Lecturer in Managerial Communication at the MIT Sloan School of Management and an affiliate of MIT Sloan's Leadership Center. Blackburn teaches Communication for Leaders and runs the accompanying Communications Lab for full-time MBA students. Blackburn also teaches Advanced Communication for Leaders, an elective for full-time MBA students and Sloan Fellows. Blackburn co-created and teaches a new elective at MIT Sloan, Leading the Way: Perspectives on Advancing Equity and Inclusion. She also teaches in MIT Sloan’s Executive Education programs. Blackburn was awarded the Jamieson Prize for Excellence in Teaching at MIT Sloan in 2019. She was also a recipient of the 2020 Teaching with Digital Technology Award.

She has mentored teams in the Global Entrepreneurship Lab (G-Lab), and China and India Lab courses, and has been the faculty lead for study tours in South America and Africa. She has traveled on behalf of the MIT faculty to Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Botswana, Namibia, Vietnam, Thailand, and China.

Blackburn holds a PhD from Boston College, an MA from Teachers College, Columbia University, and a BA from Connecticut College.

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF AERONAUTICS AND ASTRONAUTICS, CO-DIRECTOR AT SMALL SATELLITE CENTER, MIT

Prof. Kerri Cahoy

“Try different things. Take on challenges. Just get started”.

Kerri Cahoy is an associate professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics at MIT and leads the MIT Space Telecommunications, Astronomy, and Radiation (STAR) Lab. She develops nanosatellite laser communication systems and weather sensors, such as the Microsized Microwave Atmospheric Satellite (MicroMAS) and the Microwave Radiometer Technology Acceleration (MiRaTA) mission.

Dr. Cahoy previously worked on spacecraft radio systems for space weather and planetary atmospheric sensing, a method called radio occultation. Her doctoral research was on radio occultation studies of the upper atmosphere of Mars using the Mars Global Surveyor spacecraft, and on the MIT Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory lunar mission team at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.
• Supports space telescope missions, such as the Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST)
• Chair, Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI) Committee
• Honored as ‘Committed to Caring’ at MIT

ARTHUR DEHON LITTLE PROFESSOR, DEPARTMENT EXECUTIVE OFFICER, MIT

Prof. Kristala L. Jones Prather

“Treating everyone fairly is not the same as treating everyone the same”.

Kristala Prather is the Theodore T. Miller Career Development Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering at MIT. She obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from MIT in 1994, and a Ph.D. degree from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1999. At Berkeley, she worked on the development of expression vectors for metabolic engineering. Prof. Prather joined the faculty of MIT after 4 years in BioProcess Research and Development at Merck Research Labs (Rahway, NJ), first as a Senior Research Biochemical Engineer and then as a Research Fellow. While at Merck, she worked on projects in the areas of biocatalysis for small molecule transformations, high-yield production of plasmids as DNA vaccines, and mammalian cell line development to produce therapeutic proteins. Prof. Prather’s research interests are centered on the design and assembly of recombinant microorganisms to produce small molecules, with additional efforts in novel bioprocess design approaches. Research combines the traditions of metabolic engineering with the practices of biocatalysis to expand and optimize the biosynthetic capacity of microbial systems. A particular focus is the elucidation of design principles to produce unnatural organic compounds within the framework of the burgeoning field of synthetic biology.
SENIOR LECTURER IN THE DANIEL J. RICCIO GRADUATE ENGINEERING LEADERSHIP PROGRAM AT MIT

Dr. David Niño

“Leaders can have a great impact on how organizations adapt to change. Developing oneself as a capable leader is difficult.”

David Niño is a senior lecturer on the Daniel J. Riccio Graduate Engineering Leadership Program at MIT. Previously, he was a professor in the practice of engineering leadership at Rice University. During this tenure, he led the creation of the first four-year certificate in engineering leadership and was director of Leadership Rice, the university’s leadership development program.

A former professor of management, Dr. Niño has published works on leadership, ethics, corporate culture, and the development of professional management skills. He has conducted research in cutting-edge technology environments and is currently interested in researching how leadership develops among engineers and in engineering organizations. Dr. Niño has taught leadership since 1998 at the undergraduate, master’s, doctoral, and executive/professional levels.

He is currently a founding officer of the Leadership Development Division of the American Society for Engineering Education and advises professionals and executives on leadership and development issues.

He holds a PhD in management from the University of Texas, Austin, where he also studied for his Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Business Administration, and Master of Arts.

JOHN E. BURCHARD PROFESSOR OF HUMANITIES AND CO-CHAIR OF THE GENDER EQUITY COMMITTEE OF THE SCHOOL OF HUMANITIES, ARTS, & SOCIAL SCIENCES, MIT - CORDINATING INSTUCTOR OF THIS COURSE

Prof. Edward Schiappa

“What happens when you’re exposed to a wide variety of people in a certain minority group is that your ideas about that group get more complicated".

Edward Schiappa is an American scholar of communication and rhetoric and was recently appointed to co-chair of the Gender Equity Committee of the School of Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences. He is currently Professor of Comparative Media Studies/Writing at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he holds the John E. Burchard Chair of Humanities; from 2013 to 2019, he also served as the program's Head. He is the author of eight books and numerous articles that have appeared in classics, communication, English/Composition, philosophy, psychology, and law journals.

He conducts research in argumentation, persuasion, media influence, and contemporary rhetorical theory. Schiappa has developed influential lines of research in three areas: classical rhetoric, contemporary rhetorical theory and argumentation, and popular culture. He has published 10 books and his research has appeared in such journals as Philosophy & Rhetoric, Argumentation, Communication Monographs, and Communication Theory. He has served as editor of Argumentation and Advocacy and has received the Douglas W. Ehninger Distinguished Rhetorical Scholar Award in 2000 and the Rhetorical and Communication Theory Distinguished Scholar Award in 2006. He was named a National Communication Association Distinguished Scholar in 2009.

Are you ready to become a catalyst for gender equity in your organization?

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