Professional Education

Women in Education Leadership

March 5-7, 2015Apply

Tuition: $2,395

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What You Will Learn

Learn how to drive organizational change, enhance your leadership skills and be better positioned for personal and organizational success. 

Program Overview

Established by former HGSE dean Kathleen McCartney, Women in Education Leadership convenes senior leaders interested in strengthening and leveraging their leadership skills to advance education initiatives. The program provides a unique opportunity for personal growth and renewal with like-minded women.

The program focuses on how senior leaders must navigate the multiple responsibilities and constituencies of their roles. Through workshops, lectures and case discussions you will analyze and practice advanced leadership techniques, exploring topics such as negotiation and communication. You will learn to think more strategically and strengthen your leadership capacity. 

The interactive nature of the program is designed to facilitate continual assessment, rich reflection and peer-to-peer networking. You will create lasting connections with other women leaders who are as committed as you are to leading change in education.

Program Objectives

  • Identify the unique leadership challenges and opportunities facing women in education today 
  • Understand when and how gender plays a role in both organizational and personal advancement
  • Learn how successful women negotiate for what they need to be effective leaders
  • Gain new strategies for building and leading senior-leadership teams
  • Raise the visibility of women as senior leaders in education
  • Create a lasting network of women leaders across the sector who are effecting change in education

Who Should Attend

  • Superintendents, assistant superintendents, chief academic officers and principals
  • Chief state school officers and state-level leaders
  • CEOs of nonprofit organizations and foundations
  • Faculty members from schools of education
  • Past participants are encouraged to attend as the program includes substantially new material

Faculty Chair

Deborah Jewell-Sherman is Professor of Practice at HGSE. Jewell-Sherman is a graduate of the School’s Urban Superintendents Program and has built a reputation over the past decade as one of the most successful urban district superintendents in the country. She served as superintendent of the Richmond schools from 2002 to 2008. During her tenure, 95 percent of Richmond's lowest performing schools achieved full accreditation under Virginia's Standards of Learning legislation, and the district as a whole improved from 18 to 91.7 percent. Jewell-Sherman was named Virginia Superintendent of the Year 2009 by the Virginia Association of School Superintendents.

Enrollment Instructions

Women in Education Leadership is an application program. To maximize the learning experience, the program aims to bring together as diverse a group as possible. Applicants are responsible for submitting supplemental materials with their online application. You will be asked to upload a single MS Word or PDF document that includes answers to the following questions.

  1. How would you describe your leadership style?
  2. What are your aspirations as a leader, and how might this program help you accomplish your goals?

Note: your essay is not to exceed 150 words.

Admission decisions will be made within three weeks of receipt of a completed application. 


The comprehensive tuition includes all instructional materials and refreshments. Participants receive a certificate of participation and a letter confirming clock hours of instruction.

Payment or a purchase order is due 30 days after registration. If acceptance into the program falls less than 30 days prior to program start date, payment is due upon acceptance. Participants are responsible for their own travel expenses.


Hotel accommodations are made available to participants at a reduced rate. Detailed program information and accommodation options will be provided to all admitted participants. The Harvard Graduate School of Education is not responsible for non-refundable travel arrangements or other planning expenses incurred. We recommend that you not make lodging and travel arrangements until you are admitted to the program.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations must be submitted via fax or email. Full refunds will be given up to 30 days prior to the start of the program. Due to program demand and pre-program preparations, cancellations received 29–14 days prior to the start of the program are subject to a fee of 10% of the program tuition. Cancellations received within 13 days prior to the start of the program and no-shows are subject to the full program tuition. Please note: cancellation fees are based upon the date the written request is received.

The Harvard Graduate School of Education reserves the right to change faculty or cancel programs at its discretion. In the unlikely event of program changes, the school is not responsible for non-refundable travel arrangements or other planning expenses incurred.

Non-Discrimination Policy

The Harvard Graduate School of Education affirms the right of all individuals to equal treatment in education without regard to age, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, handicap, national origin, or any other factors that are extraneous to effective performance. The Harvard Graduate School of Education will accommodate anyone with disabilities.