The immersive program facilitates participant collaboration both in and outside of the classroom with more than 165 industry peers from over 40 countries, making connections that extend beyond the campus walls.

This kind of bonding is imperative for women, particularly because—as Harvard Business Review research shows—a big reason women trail behind their male counterparts in leadership is the lack of a strong network.

“For women, I think it is incredibly important to take a chance, to step outside your comfort zone for a while,” said Julie Dill, Spectra Energy Chief Communications Officer, of AMP.

Adds Ann MacGregor, CEO of Macston, LLC: “It’s a never-ending support system that you don’t have in other situations. So, it’s well worth the time to take that step.”

To see female CEOs rise above five percent concerted work needs to be done. A program that offers greater access to education for executives, leadership training, and, in particular, encourages the formation of a global network of peers can assist in leveling the playing field for women in business.

This article was produced by Harvard Business School and not by the Quartz editorial staff.

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