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The Chronicle’s Women Leading Change Program

April 2024

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The Chronicle’s Women Leading Change Program

This groundbreaking virtual leadership series will provide critical context, creative strategies, and guided exercises for women in leadership roles across academe. Mid-level leaders are invited to join the “Breaking Through Barriers” program to understand the challenges they may face in their role, develop strategies for conflict navigation, and refine their leadership style. The executive-level “Driving Transformation” program will home in on the high-level challenges of women at the helm, leading stakeholders through complex change and strategic planning for the road ahead. Leaders from both groups, and individual registrants, will come together for the “Bridging the Gap” summit to apply their individual contexts more broadly to the systemic challenges women face in higher ed, and to create a path toward intersectional transformation.

Program Packages

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Breaking Through Barriers All-Access Package

Our Breaking Through Barriers All-Access Package is well suited for women who are directors, program chairs, department chairs, associate deans, and other mid-level leaders.

Your All-Access purchase includes:
  • One four-hour interactive workshop intensive
  • One five-hour high-level virtual summit
  • Advancing Women’s Leadership in Higher Education, a Chronicle article collection
  • A physical copy of Melanie Ho’s book, Beyond Leaning In: Gender Equity & What Organizations Are Up Against
  • One-hour capstone networking webinar hosted in the months following the program
$995 with Early-Bird Code WLC24EB
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Driving Transformation All-Access Package


Our Driving Transformation All-Access Package is well suited for women who are deans, associate vice presidents, and other executive-level leaders.


Your All-Access purchase includes:
  • One four-hour interactive workshop intensive
  • One five-hour high-level virtual summit
  • Advancing Women’s Leadership in Higher Education, a Chronicle article collection
  • A physical copy of Melanie Ho’s book, Beyond Leaning In: Gender Equity & What Organizations Are Up Against
  • One-hour capstone networking webinar hosted in the months following the program
$995 with Early-Bird Code WLC24EB
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Bridging the Gap Summit Package


Our Bridging the Gap Summit Package is well suited for women leaders in academe and their allies.



Your Summit purchase includes:
  • One five-hour virtual summit with leaders across academe
  • A physical copy of Melanie Ho’s book, Beyond Leaning In: Gender Equity & What Organizations Are Up Against
  • Advancing Women’s Leadership in Higher Education, a Chronicle article collection
$695

Meet the Program Leaders

Liz McMillen
Executive Editor, Chronicle Intelligence
The Chronicle of Higher Education
Melanie Ho
Higher Education Leadership and Strategy Consultant; Founder
Strategic Imagination
Testimonials
As an aspiring University President I felt this workshop provided me with the tools and resources that will help me be a well rounded leader. The president's panel allowed me to see myself in the role and to hear about the good, bad, and ugly sides (mostly good) of being a female leader.
Carrie Vath, Southern Oregon University
Dr. Ho’s approach is thoughtful, nuanced, and creative. She asks big questions, but manages to do it in a way that is applicable and concrete. I recommend Women Leading Change to everyone, no matter where they may be in their leadership journey.
Inara Scott, Senior Associate Dean, Oregon State University
Women Leading Change helped me understand and process my experiences in new and engaging ways. I routinely use the strategies I learned during this workshop and have recommended them to my colleagues and friends in all industries. The connections I made with material and people continue to serve me and drive my work in ways I could not have imagined.
Sara Sullivan, University of Iowa

Agenda

Workshop
Breaking through Barriers Intensive
Multiple time and date options *
Our Breaking through Barriers All-Access package is well suited for women who are Program Chairs, Department Chairs, Associate Deans, and other mid-level and aspiring leaders.

Join us April 8-11 or April 22-25 for a virtual professional development program for women leaders across academe. This groundbreaking program will not only help women in mid-level leadership roles navigate the challenges of leadership, but think strategically about their ability to transform the systems in which they operate from an intersectional lens.

Program Schedule



This program will be offered in two separate sessions to accommodate the busy schedules of women in leadership roles.

Session 1:
  • Breaking through Barriers Workshop Intensive - April 8, 12 PM - 4:30 PM ET
  • Bridging the Gap Summit - April 11, 12 PM - 6 PM ET
Session 2:
  • Breaking through Barriers Workshop Intensive - April 22, 12 PM - 4:30 PM ET
  • Bridging the Gap Summit - April 25, 12 PM - 6 PM ET
Participants from both sessions will be invited to a networking capstone event in the months following to reconvene with peers, evaluate the progress made towards their commitments from the spring, and to share best practices for the path forward.

Key themes covered in the session:


  • The Goldilocks Dilemma and More: Understanding Pervasive Double Standards
  • Beyond Imposter Syndrome: Leadership Voice and Style in an Evolving Higher Ed Landscape
  • The Power of Perspective: Navigating Conflict as a Leader
  • From Awareness to Action: Blueprinting Your Next 6 Months
Workshop
Driving Transformation Intensive
Multiple time and date options *
Our Driving Transformation All-Access package is well suited for women who are Deans, Executive Directors, Associate Vice Presidents, and other executive-level leaders.

Join us April 9-11 or April 23-25 for a virtual professional development program for women leaders across academe. This groundbreaking program will not only help women in executive-level leadership roles navigate the challenges of operating at the helm, but think strategically about their ability to transform the systems from an intersectional lens.

Program Schedule



This program will be offered in two separate sessions to accommodate the busy schedules of women in leadership roles.

Session 1:
  • Driving Transformation Workshop Intensive - April 9, 12 PM - 4:30 PM ET
  • Bridging the Gap Summit - April 11, 12 PM - 6 PM ET
Session 2:
  • Driving Transformation Workshop Intensive - April 23, 12 PM - 4:30 PM ET
  • Bridging the Gap Summit - April 25, 12 PM - 6 PM ET
Participants from both sessions will be invited to a networking capstone event in the months following to reconvene with peers, evaluate the progress made towards their commitments from the spring, and to share best practices for the path forward.

Key themes covered in the session:


  • The Steep Climb: Demystifying the Challenges that Come with Seniority
  • Thinking Like a President: Strategic Leadership and Executive Presence
  • From Confrontation to Collaboration: Leading Stakeholders through Complex Change
  • From Awareness to Action: Blueprinting Your Next 6 Months
Workshop
Bridging the Gap Summit
Multiple time and date options *
Our Bridging the Gap Summit package is well suited for women leaders in academe and their allies.

Join us April 11 or April 25 for a virtual professional development Summit for women leaders and their allies across academe. This groundbreaking program will not only host discussions around systemic biases and intersectional viewpoints, but will also provide space to strategically address transformation of these systems.

Program Schedule



This Summit will be offered in two separate sessions:
  • Session 1: April 11, 12 PM - 6 PM ET
  • Session 2: April 25, 12 PM - 6 PM ET

Key themes covered in the Summit:


  • Building a More Inclusive Future: Understanding Gender Equity and Intersectionality
  • Psychological Safety in the Face of Systemic Burnout
  • Next Steps for Allyship: Supporting Colleagues Across Gender, Racial, Generational Difference, and More
  • Charting a Course: Developing Your Individual Commitments for Systemic and Cultural Change
Workshop
Capstone Networking Webinar
After participants have had time to work towards their commitments from the initial program, we will invite All-Access registrants to reconvene for a networking session. In this session, participants can reflect on the progress made towards their initial goals, hear about the steps other participants have taken, and collaborate with peers on how to keep their plans moving forward amidst any obstacles they’ve encountered.

Key themes for the webinar:


  • Beyond the Moment: Building a Legacy of Leadership and Success
  • Troubleshooting Obstacles: A Candid, Confidential Space
  • Sustaining Momentum: Applying Learned Experience to Continue with Purpose