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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

More than fifty percent of Greater Boston’s workforce is comprised of talented female professionals. We're focused on tapping into that strength to maximize the power of women leaders for the success of our region through our Women’s Leadership Program (WLP). Presented in partnership with Simmons School of Management, this distinct program provides emerging female professionals the opportunity to enhance their leadership skills and develop professional networks that will serve them throughout their careers. 

Program highlights include:

  • A two-day seminar on women's leadership and a half-day seminar on seminar on negotiations at Simmons School of Management
  • Tailored workshops, roundtables, and forums with Greater Boston leaders
  • Carefully curated networking opportunities designed to connect women with one another and foster professional relationships
  • A special Leadership Forum featuring a nationally renowned expert in leadership

WLP participants will:

  • Learn from top faculty at Simmons School of Management
  • Cultivate personal leadership styles and acquire new leadership skills
  • Develop a long-lasting network of peer mentors across all industries
  • Strengthen their understanding of the Greater Boston business community
  • Engage with prominent senior women leaders in Greater Boston, including members of the Chamber’s vibrant Women’s Network.

Eligibility & Selection Process

  • Each year, the WLP program accepts up to 100 emerging female professionals, who are currently employed by a Chamber member organization. 
  • We accept online nominations from members on a rolling basis starting June 1. Individuals may nominate themselves provided their organization is a Chamber member.  A nomination does not guarantee selection into the cohort. Sign up for email notifications and we'll let you know when nominations are open.
  • Nominees are then invited complete an online application and return it to the Chamber by July 31 for consideration.   

The WLP program runs from September through June. The cost of participation is $4,000, which includes sessions, course materials, and meals.

See the 2017/2018 WLP Program Schedule (PDF). 

See the list of 2017/2018 WLP participants (PDF).

Click here for a printable PDF about the program.


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