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GSBGEN 370: Power of You: Women in Leadership

All leaders face a host of challenges, but female leaders encounter an additional set of obstacles and considerations¿institutional, economic, cultural¿that their male counterparts most likely never will. These issues are often exacerbated for women from underrepresented groups. GG370 Power of You: Women and Leadership will prepare students to successfully identify and respond to these challenges, and, ideally, transform them into opportunities for growth and advancement. The course will establish a leadership paradigm that inspires and equips students to create a leadership legacy through empowering others, particularly those who traditionally have not had access to opportunities, networks and/or mentorship. In class and in written weekly reflections, students will deeply explore issues including, but not limited to: the likeability paradox; sexism in the workplace; diversity, inclusivity, and opportunity; intersectional identities; managing voice and reputation; leadership styles; mentorship and sponsorship; and creating social value. Students will create a legacy leadership action plan that will define/refine professional purpose, intentions and dreams/objectives; actions and tactics necessary to achieve student¿s aspirations; risks or barriers that may impede student success; specific indicators of progress towards student¿s goals; and the social change students will work to create. In class, at brown bag lunches, at instructor-hosted on-campus lunches and dinners, and at small lunches and dinners (at the instructor¿s home), students will engage directly with industry leaders including Arianna Huffington (Thrive Global), Meg Whitman (Quibi), Dr. Priscilla Chan (Chan Zuckerberg Initiative), Mary Barra and Alicia Boler-Davis (General Motors), Judy Smith (Smith & Company), Sam Altman (Y-Combinator) and Reid Hoffman (Greylock Ventures and LinkedIn), among others.
Units: 3 | Grading: GSB Letter Graded
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