Contemporary Women's Leadership (CWL) Institute | Courses

"I gained a sense of self-efficacy and tenacity that have profoundly impacted my life."    -Becca | USA

Academic Courses. Experiential Learning. One Program.

The Contemporary Women's Leadership Institute combines fours weeks of intensive, academic study related to leadership, gender, and diversity in the workplace with one week of experiential learning whereby participants meet with businesses, build their resume, and enhance their networking skills. 

Weeks 1-4 | Academic Courses

During the first four weeks, Wellesley College’s full-time faculty members will provide rigorous classroom instruction through women's leadership oriented courses. As a student in the program, you will experience the same quality of instruction  Wellesley College undergraduates receive during the academic year.

Please consult the Registrar Office of your college or university in advance should you wish to transfer credits from this program. 

Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies (WGST 120)
Introduction to the interdisciplinary field of women's and gender studies with an emphasis on an understanding of the "common differences" that both unite and divide women. Beginning with an examination of how womanhood has been represented in myths, ads, and popular culture, the course explores how gender inequalities have been both explained and critiqued. The cultural meaning given to gender as it intersects with race, class, ethnicity, and sexuality will be studied.  Instructor: Elena Creef, Ph.D., Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies.
Exploring Gender Dynamics in Leadership (EXTD 130)
This course will help students develop an understanding of women’s leadership and ways of influencing organizations.  Topics will examine the personal, social, and structural dynamics that affect women as leaders, particularly in terms of how they are viewed, how their contributions are evaluated, and what kinds of opportunities are available to them. Students will begin to uncover and understand the unique challenges, constraints, and opportunities that face women today as they ascend to leadership positions. Key themes include the dynamics of power, authority, and influence, being different, managing multiple roles, and social expectations as they pertain to women.  Instructor: Preeta Bannerjee, Ph.D. 

Week 5 | Experiential Week

You will discover different types of leadership styles as you begin to craft your own through discussion-based seminars, engaging keynote speakers, and hands-on learning.

Past opportunities have included:

  • Marketing & Media Leadership/Entrepreneurship Panel 
  • Networking & Innovation Seminar @ Wellesley College's 9-hole Golf Course
  • Leadership Assessments
  • Reflective Journaling
  • Alumnae Panel of Women in Finance Making a Difference in the World
  • Service Learning Workshop
  • Volunteer time
  • Mentoring/Coaching with the President/CEO of a leading Boston Non-Profit Company
  • TV & Radio Personality Keynote: Nice Girls can Win!
  • Exploration: Forging Your Future