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Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership


Course start dates

  • 8 March 2023
  • 21 June 2023

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.




Online, tutor-assisted


8 weeks online, 7-10 hours per week




About the course

The Women Leading Change: Shaping Our Future online short course from the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) aims to inspire and equip women to lead society and their organisations towards a more just and equitable future. 

Over eight weeks, you’ll examine the processes and levers of change through three lenses: society, organisations, teams and your own personal context. Enhance your ability to influence and drive system-wide change while embracing your authentic leadership voice. You’ll expand your network through dedicated interactive spaces and conversations with peers. You'll learn from a diverse range of expert practitioners and academics and be guided by tutors each week to apply what learning within your own context.

Gain valuable and relevant skills, and 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 the principles 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.

CPD certified

CPD logoThis 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 60 hours of learning.

Note: should you wish to claim CPD activity, the onus is upon you. CISL and GetSmarter accept no responsibility, and cannot be held responsible, for the claiming or validation of hours or points.


Learn to lead in a changing world

Join over 4,000 students globally who have already benefited from the opportunity to:

  • Gain verifiable and relevant competencies and earn invaluable recognition from a top-tier university, entirely online and in your own time.  
  • Enjoy a personalised, people-mediated online learning experience that consistently achieves over 90 per cent course certification rate.
  • Experience a flexible but structured approach to online education as you plan your learning around your life to meet weekly milestones.


Explore effective strategies as you work through the weekly modules of this online short course

Module 1: Shaping the future we want

Module 2: Being an agent of change

Module 3: Building confidence and catalysing impact

Module 4: Leading flourishing and effective teams

Module 5: Cultivating purpose-led organisations

Module 6: Collaborating for positive impact

Module 7: Creating your leadership action plan for transformational change

Module 8: Expanding the community leading change


Delivered in Collaboration with GetSmarter

The University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) is collaborating with digital education provider GetSmarter, a brand of 2U, Inc., to provide an interactive and supported online learning experience. 


Find out more about Women Leading Change: Shaping Our Future


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CISL’s online courses are delivered in collaboration with digital education provider GetSmarter, a brand of 2U, Inc. These links will take you to the Get Smarter website.