Charting your Course

Charting your Course will take place on Monday - Wednesday, June 1 – 3, 2015, at Harvard Business School. Registration is now open, or you can email with questions.

About the Program

Women like you—women with high-powered degrees and professional expertise—graduated from business school with great expectations and extraordinary options. Do you know what is next for your career?

Whether you desire to reenergize your career or reenter the workforce, a clearly defined vision and well-articulated career strategy are imperative. Charting your Course will equip you with the skills, strategies, and tools you need to revitalize your career development efforts and achieve both personal and professional growth.

Charting your Course uses case studies, individual introspection, team exercises, and lectures to help attendees develop a strategic plan for creatively exploring and defining new career directions. The program has enabled hundreds of women to rediscover their core interests and capabilities, build a long-term plan for professional development, and realize their personal visions of success. 

Program costs are as follows:
  • $600 per person
  • $500 per person for Harvard Business School alumnae and alumni spouses and partners
  • $475 per person for Harvard Business School alumni club and association members

Sample Agenda

Participant Criteria

This program is for you if you are considering, or are currently:

  • Transitioning in your career
  • Increasing career commitment (i.e. from a part-time arrangement)
  • Reducing your career commitment to raise a family, pursue personal interests, or achieve greater work-life balance

Participants will come from diverse industries and positions. They may not have followed a linear career path. They may also be considering a variety of next-step career options: in traditional, full-time employment; nontraditional, part-time, or flex-time employment (including positions in the non-profit sector); or entrepreneurial ventures.

Expert Coaching on Career Options

Explore and experience this unique program—led by Tim Butler, Senior Fellow; Director of MBA Career Development Programs—includes cases, discussions, and group exercises that focus on you, your dreams, and the choices you can make to achieve them. Participants create their own plans for the integration of personal and professional success—defined in their own terms. Charting Your Course is a program that is certain to raise new issues and open new doors.

Three Days of Exploring, Learning, and Networking

Program activities held during this three day program are intended to provide maximum opportunity for exploration of career options, as well as skill and relationship building.

There are a number of challenges currently facing women who have chosen to leave the workforce to raise children or care for other family members. Some of the issues raised in this program include how best to:

  • Identify a new professional agenda (either "for profit" or "non-profit").
  • Build a network of other professionals facing similar challenges.
  • Develop criteria for new types of working relationships.

Comments from Previous Charting your Course Participants

"Charting your Course was just the catalyst I needed to think about my career transition—from identifying those skills I wanted to engage to expanding my network. I have now successfully entered into a position that I would not have originally identified, however is a perfect fit."

"Very energizing and inspiring. It was a great opportunity to remove myself from work and home obligations to think about me and my goals/aspirations."

"I found the presenters and the participants incredibly knowledgeable and supportive. I learned a lot!"

"This program met my expectations and more; I learned a great deal from the presentations and gained an unexpected amount of ideas from the participants."

"CYC provided me a substantive start in determining what I want to do next with lots of good tactical suggestions I can implement."

"A great way to figure out how to stay fresh and challenged and position myself for work in the future while I am home with young kids."

Registration & Questions

Register now or contact Molly DeCastro in Career and Professional Development at:

Telephone: 617.384.8729

Fees, faculty, course content, and dates are subject to change.

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