Fletcher LEADS: Leadership, Equality, and Diversity

We are proud to support Fletcher LEADS: Leadership, Equality, and Diversity. The goal of this program is to enhance and refine Fletcher women and individuals of other genders’ competence, confidence, and leadership to fulfill their potential in the world, make a positive impact, build careers of significance, feel empowered as individuals, and balance their work endeavors and passions with their families and other responsibilities.

Fletcher LEADS seeks to contribute to gender equality and inclusive leadership at Fletcher and beyond. Fletcher LEADS programming is open to all members of the Fletcher community, of any gender identity.

Fletcher LEADS is co-directed by Professor Dyan Mazurana and PhD student Danielle Demers.

Students and facilitator Evelyn Murphy yell “I want my million dollars!” — the estimated amount they will lose as MA level professionals due to the gender wage gap in the US.

Featured Workshops

These workshops are reoccurring and open to all within the Fletcher community.

Recent Events


Digital inequality: A Discussion on Technology, Race and Politics in America
30 September 2020
Co-sponsors: Hitachi Center, Africana Club

Out in the Field
18 November 2020
Co-Sponsor: Pride at Fletcher

The Politics of Appearance
9 December 2020
Co-sponsor: Fletcher Conference on Gender and International Affairs (CGIA)

“Unsettled: Seeking Refuge in America” film screening
12 February 2021
Co-sponsors: Pride at Fletcher, The Leir Institute, Refugees in Towns (RIT), Fletcher Latin America Group (FLAG), Fletcher Africana Club

Women, Religion and Peacebuilding
11 March 2021
Co-sponsor: Fletcher Religion, Law, and Diplomacy Initiative (RLD)



  • Ambassador (ret.) Prudence Bushnell discussed why women, and the men who support them, are uniquely placed to use innovative ways of addressing human security challenges and transnational threats. She shared examples of S.M.A.R.T. choices – Strategic. Moral. Achievable. Reliable. Transformative. – that have changed the world for the better in the past.

Empowering Future Leaders Workshop

  • The 2019 Conference on Gender and International Affairs and Fletcher LEADS were excited to host the Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus during the Empowering Future Leaders workshop. By hearing from an accomplished panel of local political leaders, workshop participants will learn skills such as how to craft a message, build a strong network, fundraise, leverage social media and address opposition.