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Advancing Gender Equity in and Through Education

Posted by Executive Education for Women on Mar 5, 2020

Although progress has been made in the advancement of women’s equality in education, a wide gap still exists in leadership and gender disparity.

There is no absence of women in the education field, however, research shows that the higher up the academic ladder, the wider the gender gap.  Thankfully, many educational institutions are making strides to address this problem, and in the past decade we have seen more women assume leadership roles. However, females are still in the minority at the top. According to a study by the American Council on Education, only 30 percent of college leaders are female.  Women are better represented in the C-suite than in the presidency, but still make up far less than half of senior academic positions. This inequality influences how students interpret gender roles and fosters inequality. 

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Leadership is not a title

Posted by Executive Education for Women on Feb 18, 2020

Leadership is a personal power that comes from within.

Have you ever equated what you do with who you are? Have you ever had a title you exalted stripped away, leaving you to wonder "who am I?" Have you ever found your worth in a label someone gave you? If you can relate to any of these questions, take five minutes to read our very own Julie Alexander's article up, "Leadership is Not a Title."

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Why executive education programs for women only?

Posted by Executive Education for Women on Feb 15, 2020

Female leadership is needed now, more than ever. 

Dr. Nancy Coleman, Program Director of Wellesley Executive Education, illustrates that although progress has been made in the advancement of women’s equality in the workplace, a wide gap in leadership and gender disparity still exists. According to Catalyst (2019), women hold 51.5% of all management, professional, and related occupations. However, in S&P 500 companies, women are less represented the higher up they go.

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Inspired Leadership Starts from Within

Posted by Executive Education for Women on Dec 3, 2019

How do you cultivate more inspired leaders who act boldly, speak powerfully, and lead holistically? 

Impact. Connection. Courage. As women leaders, we seek them because we know these are some of the most important elements needed to drive engagement, job satisfaction, and results. Yet, in a 24/7 hyper-connected world, it’s often difficult to step outside yourself, pause the ever-growing to-do list, and cultivate behaviors that lead to impact, connection, and courage.

We’ve all heard advice such as ‘bring your whole self to work’ and ‘be fully present in the moment.’ In fact, research shows that practices such as mindfulness can not only increase productivity at work, but also increase creativity and employee engagement. We know leadership behaviors which embody the whole leader can drive better business interactions, problem solving ability, and productivity, all leading to enhanced corporate performance. How do you develop a holistic leader? Where do you start?

During a recent Wellesley College Leadership for Impact program, participants discovered the answer. Our executive education model, designed exclusively for women, shows how leaders can become more effective by tapping into the power that already exists within them. Our new, holistic, three-pronged approach curates a data-driven, practitioner-focused, mindful practice like no other. Participants discover their power by learning about critical leadership skills and behaviors, but also by reflection, mindfulness and connection building.

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COVID-19 UPDATE 9/3/20: Wellesley College's senior administration recently determined our campus will remain closed to the public and to outside guests throughout the fall in order to protect our community of students, faculty, and staff. As a result, all Executive Education programs scheduled for 2020 at Wellesley College have been regrettably cancelled.
We often say Wellesley's Executive Education for Women is an experience and a place that transforms you. We considered alternative methods to deliver the powerful messages our instructors want to share with you; however, the many restrictions brought forth by the pandemic impact how we can effectively create an optimal experience. We hope we may find innovative ways to come together again in 2021. Until then, we wish you health and safety during this extraordinary time.  

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