Women’s Leadership: Adapting and Advocating in a Remote Environment (Online)

About the Program


Women’s Leadership: Adapting and Advocating in a Remote Environment (Online)

Women’s Leadership: Adapting and Advocating in a Remote Environment (WLAA) is a fully live, virtual program taught by  including women Harvard faculty to empower women in legal professions and professional services organizations to navigate their careers more strategically. Women face distinct challenges and these challenges are amplified by the unprecedented remote environment in which we now work, created by the global COVID-19 pandemic.

Women’s Leadership: Adapting and Advocating in a Remote Environment prepares you to address those challenges by taking a close look at how to apply concepts of self-advocacy, adaptive leadership, leading teams, and negotiation in the current remote working environment. As firms and organizations struggle to define a “new normal”, women should have the tools to influence and shape that decision.

This online program, consisting of 4 program days spread over the course of 2 weeks, shares the rigor and diverse teaching methods of our on-campus programs. During the program you will participate in a mix of live teaching and small-group meetings, explore core leadership topics through engaging case study discussions and practice your learning in interactive workshops. Participants will leave the program with frameworks and strategies for increasing their effectiveness as a leader, influencing and shaping their firm or organization’s strategy, and motivating people and teams.


Women’s Leadership: Adapting and Advocating in a Remote Environment aims to give women lawyers robust tools to increase their visibility as leaders, amplify their team leadership skills, and accelerate their leadership potential within their firm or organization.

The program prepares you to:

  • Identify and practice personal and adaptive leadership strategies to better balance your complex responsibilities as a women leader, weather challenging economic times, and influence the ‘new normal’ as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Develop skills related to self-advocacy in a remote environment including how to identify and articulate your professional needs, strengths, and goals and use your power to influence in a remote working environment
  • Build your team leadership skills by learning to develop and lead your team more effectively, including understanding effective tactics for leadership, providing feedback, and resolving conflict in remote teams
  • Connect with a network of distinguished peers and acquire tools to enhance the value and power of your network

The Learning Model

In this program, faculty will utilize case studies, lectures, hands-on exercises, and small group discussions focused on leadership and effecting change. You will discuss the determinants of sustained success and effective leadership with the faculty and your peers in a variety of virtual settings.

The program’s distinguished faculty focus on providing applicable frameworks and tools necessary to cultivate personal leadership styles and effectively manage and influence teams as a leader within the organization. Curriculum topics will include:

  • Understanding yourself as a leader, including the unique challenges women lawyers face
  • Building and cultivating strategic relationships for success
  • Negotiating for yourself and your teams in a remote environment
  • Managing compensation and review discussions
  • Applying principles of adaptive leadership to guide your decisions to and in a “new normal”
  • Developing your personal strategic plan for impact

About the Format

Women’s Leadership: Adapting and Advocating in a Remote Environment will take place on Harvard’s Zoom platform. 4 days of program sessions and 2 small group coaching sessions will take place over the course of 2 weeks.

The program will include a mix of live online class sessions, small group coaching sessions, breakout group work, and independent study. On the live class days there will be two program sessions per day between 10:00 a.m. ET and 4:00 p.m. ET. Accepted participants should reserve this window on their calendars until we circulate a finalized program schedule. Each session will be between 1-2 hours long, and we will schedule a break of at least 30 minutes between the two daily sessions. Scheduled small group coaching sessions, will be approximately 1 hour long.

In order to earn a certificate of completion, participants are expected to attend every session. As with our on-campus programs, class size will be limited.

Who Should Attend?

Women’s Leadership: Adapting and Advocating in a Remote Environment is designed for equity partners and lawyers in leadership roles within in-house legal departments. Professionals in leadership roles within professional service organizations would also benefit from the program. The seniority level of participants will vary by organization, but it is recommended that applicants manage or oversee other lawyers in their current role.

We recommend participants consider attending the program as part of a pair or small team from their firm or organization. Attending with another provides accountability and opportunity for greater impact when participants return to their organization.

While the program is focused on women (and those who identify as women) executives, the program is open to all executives who meet the admissions criteria.

Visit the Admissions page for information on the process.

Our core faculty are members of Harvard faculty, distinguished academics, educators, researchers, authors, and practitioners in their respective fields. Representing various disciplines, they are close to practice through relationships with law firm leaders and General Counsel and through personal involvement as consultants for top firms around the world.

Program Teaching Team

Hillary Sale – Faculty Chair

Kessely Hong

Farayi Chipungu

Learn more about the Women’s Leadership: Adapting and Advocating in a Remote Environment faculty→


Harvard is authorized to offer distance education under the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA), an agreement that allows institutions of higher education in Massachusetts to offer distance education to students residing in other states that participate in SARA. For information about SARA-related student complaint processes for distance education students, please see https://vpal.harvard.edu/nc-sara.