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.
of senior leadership positions are held by women globally.
of women’s senior management roles, from 29% to 31%, was witnessed in 2021.
Source: Grant Thorton
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.
The skills you will develop
To understand what innovative research tells us about the most effective approaches to leadership in the 21st century era
To acknowledge, understand, and address the challenges facing women who seek leadership roles
To provide practical strategies and tactics to achieve equity in any organizational context
This program is directed to:
- ASPIRING LEADERS
who must identify the skills needed for successful leadership and how to put them into practice.
who want to better comprehend the challenges that women in particular face in organizations and businesses in order to make an equitable difference.
- SENIOR EXECUTIVES AND LEADERS
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.
- LEADERS IN STEM
careers looking to refine and take ownership of their leadership skills in a field where female participation is accelerating.
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 Lead Instructors of this course
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.
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.
MIT School of Engineering
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
MIT School of Science
Prof. Frebel has received numerous honors and awards including the 2010 Annie Jump Cannon Award (American Astronomical Society), a 2013 CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation, and in 2016 she was named one of ScienceNews Magazine's “Ten Scientists to Watch”. She was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in 2018 and to full Professor in 2022.
Prof. Frebel has authored more than 120 papers in various refereed journals, including Nature. She also enjoys communicating science to the public through regular public lectures, magazine articles, interviews as well as her popular science book “Searching for the oldest stars: Ancient Relics from the Early Universe” (Princeton University Press).
- Prof. Frebel's research interests broadly cover observational stellar astrophysics.
- Prof. Frebel is best known for her discoveries and spectroscopic analyses of the oldest, most metal-poor stars in the Milky Way and small dwarf galaxies.
- In 2005, Frebel discovered the star HE 1327-2326, which is the most iron-deficient star, stemming from a time very shortly after the Big Bang.
- MIT Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research:
- Magellan Telescopes Consortium:
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
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.
Discover the experience of our participants
Erika Enciso Sosa
Head of LATAM New Franchise Recruiting
This course helped me to answer very fundamental questions that I tried to answer by myself through observation. It provided me the background of how the things are in the state of business as today. Also, this course made me reflect on different ways of leadership styles and helped me to acknowledge my own voice and the type of leader I want to be. It validates my way of act, but more importantly, it opened the door to be expose to other greater tools to sharpen my desire to become even better. I would like to thank all the professors that facilitated the course. It was very inspiring to see their true interest to support and advance women in leadership to the best of their knowledge and capabilities. Thanks also to our facilitator for her dedication and always be there for me to revise assignments and provide additional comments to enrich the discussions.
Women in Leadership: Becoming an Agent of Change
Digital & Integration Technical Marketing Manager
This a fantastic course beautifully and thoughtfully put together. It was like a therapy session for me to reflect on my strengths but also to make sure I discover my weaknesses and that I’m not alone! It does not matter where you are from and what you do, women still fight gender bias today to get to executive leadership roles. I learned a lot from history to what research and statistics say today. I will for sure reflect and go back to all my assignment to keep coaching myself and to put myself out there without fears or doubts. Thank you.
Women in Leadership: Becoming an Agent of Change
Myrte den Uijl
People Business Partner
I learned a lot about myself and now feel able to share more information about women in leadership topics. I dont feel like an expert, but more an agent of change, which is what I was looking for!
Women in Leadership: Becoming an Agent of Change