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Leadership, Empowerment & Development (LEAD) Program


Professor Iris Krasnow
Program Director

Leadership, Empowerment, and Development

American University's Leadership, Empowerment And Development Program provides women with the impetus and skills to help guide them through significant transitions in their personal and professional lives. These courses are offered through AU's School of Professional and Extended Studies both in Washington, D.C. and in Annapolis, Maryland, where we have launched AU on the Bay.

Read "The ticket to longevity," a blog post by LEAD Professor Iris Krasnow

Founded on the idea that substantial change offers opportunities for personal growth, LEAD helps a woman navigate the inevitable and important changes that arise in family structures, with the growing independence of children, a return to the workplace and/or a desire to shift careers.The holistic, multi-disciplinary curriculum in the four-course LEAD program addresses gender-based needs and experiences in both professional and personal development from one's thirties through midlife, retirement and beyond. Courses can be taken individually for those students that cannot enroll in the full-load program at this time.

The program courses enable self-reflection, intellectual challenge, peer-to-peer knowledge sharing, and development of concrete skills. LEAD is designed to help women advance as leaders and prepares them to accomplish short- and long-term personal and professional goals. Upon completing the program, participants will have increased self-awareness and self-confidence; strengthened professional and business skills, and developed practical approaches to ownership/leadership that they can draw upon and apply at every point of life's transitions. To earn certification of completion in the Leadership, Empowerment and Development program, students must complete these four LEAD courses, which can be taken individually both in Washington, D.C. and in Annapolis:

 Adult learners in the LEAD will have access to the intellectual resources and networks available at American University, an internationally recognized university in the nation's capital.

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