Women Leaders on the Rise Leadership Program Addresses Research Showing Women Get Stuck at Bottom of Career Ladder


Leslie Grossman

Men outnumber women nearly 2 to 1 in reaching the first rung of the corporate ladder according to research in the fifth annual Women in the Workplace study by McKinsey & Co and Lean In. The study also states that women are not held back by either lack of ambition, or a desire to start a family, but by the fact that most employers are not cultivating female managers early in their careers at the same rate as men.

To address this problem, the Women Leaders on the Rise leadership program is being launched in July at The George Washington University’s Center for Excellence in Public Leadership. The program will train young women in the workplace with leadership skills, as well as tools to address the obstacles they face while trying to climb the first rung of the corporate management ladder.

The Women Leaders on the Rise program will focus on practice areas that are most necessary for moving into management including (1) creating a vision for one’s career, (2) building influential relationships and networks, (3) effective communication skills, (4) executive presence, (5) cultivating a growth mindset, (6) building confidence, and (7) becoming resilient.



Program participants meet for two days from 9 am to 5 pm (ET) on July 21st and  22nd on Zoom.  The program includes live discussions, break-outs and networking, facilitated by GWU-CEPL Senior Fellow and Faculty Director Leslie Grossman, who is also author of the book “Link Out” (Wiley).  Participants have the option to implement their learning alongside their peers in an interactive Mastermind Group facilitated by Grossman, which meets 90 minutes monthly for 6 months following the completion of the program.

For more information or to register for Women Leaders on the Rise visit the website – https://cepl.cps.gwu.edu/women-leaders-rise 

or contact Leslie Grossman at lesliegrossman@gwu.edu or Kateryna Pyatybratova at pkate@gwu.edu.