Understand the role female leaders can play as agents of change – in organisations, communities, and society – in addressing systemic inequality.
Society is undergoing seismic shifts, yet women still face barriers to achieving equality. Many of the structural hurdles they face have been heightened by global crises and the resulting economic fallout. These factors only emphasise the need to increase the capability and confidence of women to contribute to building more inclusive, sustainable organisations and societies.
The Women Leading Change: Shaping Our Future online short course from the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) explores the personal and professional capabilities required to be a purpose-driven leader. Over eight weeks, you’ll expand your understanding of the challenges women face and the levers of change that can help to create more equal and just societies. Through tutor-led learning and peer support, you’ll enhance your ability to influence and drive transformational, systems-level change.
Learn from women leading change globally, in many sectors and disciplines, hear from leading practitioners and academics, and expand your network with the support of like-minded women from around the world. You’ll gain insight into creating psychologically safe environments, and develop tools to foster innovation and collaborations that drive transformational change. On completion of this course, you’ll walk away with a practical road map to drive positive change in your sphere of influence.
Is this course for you?
The course is for anyone ready to lead change in organisations and society through systemic transformation. It will benefit current and aspiring leaders in the public, private, and non-profit sectors, providing fresh perspectives and a forward-thinking mindset. It’s for those looking to gain practical techniques and strategies to further accelerate change through their work within and beyond. It offers a safe space for reflection, reconnection, and time to identify, challenge, and overcome self-limiting beliefs and habits. If you want to be a part of a diverse community of students and contributors as they learn, inspire, and grow, this course is for you.
This course is certified by the United Kingdom CPD Certification Service and may be applicable to individuals who are members of, or are associated with, UK-based professional bodies. The course has an estimated 80 hours of learning.
Note: should students wish to claim CPD activity, the onus is upon them. The University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership and GetSmarter accept no responsibility, and cannot be held responsible, for the claiming or validation of hours or points.
What will set you apart
On completion of this course, you’ll walk away with:
In-depth knowledge of the systemic challenges women face and the ability to lead change with confidence, resilience, and transformational leadership skills.
An authentic leadership style and voice to create your personal narrative, and the principles and skills to communicate with influence.
The tools to create purpose-led, psychologically safe environments, build strong relationships and nurture teams for long-term effectiveness.
An extended network and community of like-minded women, and a leadership action plan to lead sustainable transformational change in your sphere of influence.
Learn to lead organisations and society towards a more sustainable, inclusive, and equitable future as you work through the weekly modules of this online short course.
Orientation moduleWelcome to your Online Campus
Module 1Shaping the future we want
Module 2Being an agent of change
Module 3Building confidence and catalysing impact
Module 4Leading flourishing and effective teams
Module 5Cultivating purpose-led organisations
Module 6Collaborating for positive impact
Module 7Creating your leadership action plan for transformational change
Module 8Expanding the community leading change
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You can pay your course fees before the course starts, or you may opt for a split payment plan on courses that are nine weeks and shorter. For courses 10 weeks and longer, there is a three-part payment plan available.
Manage your time
GetSmarter's learning model is designed to help you, as a working professional, improve your skills without compromising on work and family responsibilities. The course work is broken up into weekly, manageable bite-sized modules, with incremental deadlines, designed to help you pace yourself over the duration of the course and allow you the legroom to work when it suits you best.
At the beginning of each module, you'll be presented with the course content and assignments necessary for completion. You also have access to your Success Adviser who will help you manage your time, and support you with any administrative or technical queries you might have.
Seek employer assistance
By improving your skills and industry knowledge, you'll have an influence on the success of your organization. Why wouldn't you ask your boss to help you fund your studies if it's going to have an impact on the way you do business?
Of our past students, 37 per cent have received financial assistance from their employers. You can ask for help, too.
If you are a Learning & Development (L&D) manager, or involved in training and upskilling for an organization, you can request information regarding our corporate offering on our GetSmarter for business page.
How to change your start date
As part of our commitment to your professional development, GetSmarter offers you a two-week period to change your course start date or request your money back if you’re not fully satisfied.
To qualify for a deferral of your course start date, or to cancel your enrollment and receive a refund of your course fee, your request would need to reach our Success Advisers before the release of Module 2.
Discover the Online Campus
The Online Campus will be your virtual classroom for the duration of your course. Through its easy-to-use interface, you'll have access to a diverse variety of course content formats including interactive videos, module notes, practice quizzes, presentations, assignment briefs, and additional web resources.
On the Online Campus, you'll also be able to ask questions and interact with your fellow students and teaching team through the discussion forums.
About the certificate
Develop a leadership action plan to achieve transformational change and earn an official certificate of completion from the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership.
Assessment is continuous and based on a series of practical assignments completed online. In order to be issued with a certificate, you’ll need to meet the requirements outlined in the course handbook. The handbook will be made available to you as soon as you begin the course.
Your certificate will be issued in your legal name and sent to you upon successful completion of the course, as per the stipulated requirements.