Each time a woman stands up for herself, without knowing it, possibly without claiming it, she stands up for all women.Maya Angelou
Who Leads Matters
We know the numbers
Women are paid less. They are underrepresented at the leadership level. And women with multiple marginalized identities – women of color, transgender women – fare even worse.
We know what needs to happen
Our educational, business, and political institutions must change. Systemic issues like the wage gap, biased hiring processes, and sexual harassment can only be solved at this level.
We know who will lead the change
Amplify contends that while gender oppression is everyone’s problem, those best equipped to solve it are women. Women who are leading from every seat, including the top. Women with diverse identities and experiences. Women like you.
A New Solution
Building capacity for change must start at the individual level but it cannot end there. Amplify continues the process at women’s places of work through leadership and organization development that includes allies and partners.
A hidden force that undermines women is internalized oppression. This plays out as the oft-cited Imposter Syndrome as well as the conflict women experience around their identities and life choices. Amplify will provide tools to recognize and change our perceptions of ourselves and other women.
Research indicates that although women are talented leaders, their confidence lags significantly behind that of men. Traditional leadership is a highly-gendered concept. Amplify will help women redefine leadership in gender-expansive ways so that it works for, not against, their identities.
Too often, women’s programs occur in isolation without the critical support of other women and allies. Amplify creates a shared learning experience for women within their places of work. By developing community with other members and allies, Amplify provides the resources women need to sustain their own growth and that of their organizations.
Reframing is to look at something in a new way. Through Amplify, you will learn to rewrite old stories and update traditional beliefs that no longer serve you.
Navigating is to go around or avoid obstacles. Amplify will teach you ways to recognize double standards and gender roles that hold women back at work and at home.
Advocating is to create change for yourself and others. Your Amplify cohort is a community of shared advocacy that advances women and other marginalized groups.
CASE Presentation: “From Me to We: Advancing Women in the Profession”
Meet the founders of Amplify and learn more about the program.
“Amplification” is the act of one woman repeating – or amplifying – the idea of another woman by restating it and giving her credit. The term was coined by female White House staffers in the Obama administration who used it to combat gender dynamics that occurred during male-dominated staff meetings.
As Washington Post reporter Julie Eilperin states in, “White House women want to be in the room where it happens,” amplification forced men to recognize women’s ideas through their shared advocacy and mutual support. The practice of amplification serves as the inspiration for Amplify.
Amplify is an eight-week program that focuses on individual, leadership, and organizational capacity-building to address gender inequity in the Advancement profession. Women learn key concepts and apply them at their place of work through personal reflection, small group discussion, and action-learning assignments.
The program is for women who work in Advancement at institutions of higher education, although other industries will be included by invitation. A small group of diverse women will be selected to serve as Amplify Leads. They will receive training to recruit Advancement participants at their institution, facilitate online discussion groups, and support the success of their small group participants.
Sessions will be held every Thursday from Noon – 1:30 p.m. for eight weeks, starting March 31, 2022, and ending May 19, 2022.
Amplify Lead Responsibilities
- Attend the Amplify Lead Retreat at Boston University and online training sessions
- Recruit 4-6 women to join their Amplify small group
- Attend the weekly presentation and facilitate small group discussions
- Share the program with senior leaders
- Lead ongoing assessment activities
- Participate in alumnae reunions
Amplify Participant Responsibilities
- Attend weekly online presentations and small group discussions
- Share the program with supervisors
- Complete online assessments
- Participate in alumnae reunions
The Amplify Lead application period will begin October 1, 2021
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2022 Program Details
- Utilize personal values and community-based strengths to create change for self and others
- Practice the skills of reframing, navigating, and advocating to manage self-doubt and other forms of internalized oppression
- Redefine dominant mind models about leaders and leadership to be inclusive of diverse identities
- Implement strategies to gain perspective, manage stress, and cultivate resilience
- Identify and analyze organizational opportunities for inclusion and growth
- Create community for personal, leadership, and organizational development
Amplify Retreat (Leads Only)
Amplify Leads will be invited to attend a training retreat where they will review the program content and learn group facilitation skills. The retreat will take place February 17-18, 2022, at Boston University.
Zoom Presentation and Small Group Discussion
Amplify Leads will recruit a small group of women in their Advancement organization as participants. Leads and their participants will convene for 8 weeks to watch online presentations and participate in small group discussions
A unique feature of Amplify is the option to invite senior leaders to learn about the program. While not required, this element accelerates capacity-building efforts that support sustained, long-term change.
Amplify Leads and Participants will complete pre- and post-program evaluation to track individual development, provide feedback about specific sessions, and assess program outcomes.
Alumnae Debrief and Reunions
Amplify Leads and Participants will be invited to a reunion to reconnect, process the program experience, and continue their learning and development.
Amplify is a professional development opportunity. Costs should be covered by the women’s institution. Payment may be made via credit card or you may request an invoice.
Every effort has been made to keep costs to a minimum. Limited scholarships are available for women whose institutions cannot cover registration fees.
- $399 for those selected to be Amplify Leads. The fee is waived for women who identify as Black, Indigenous, or People of Color.
- $99 for each small group member. (Paid at conclusion of program.)