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​WashU at Brookings: World Class Executive Education

Understanding how government works is smart business.

For more than 60 years, Brookings Institution has provided public and private sector leaders with practical and relevant education in support of their professional and personal goals.

WashU at Brookings is a partnership between two world-renowned organizations: the Brookings Institution and Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis. Instrumental to both, St. Louis businessman Robert S. Brookings (1850–1932) founded the D.C.-based think tank and led Washington University’s governing board for 33 years.

We are committed to being the premier provider of executive education for those engaged in and with government. Our programs in leadership, governmental policy and process, and critical global issues are designed to develop the skills and behaviors necessary for leading 21st-century organizations.

Our courses are appropriate for leaders at all levels of government – federal, state, and local – as well as officials from other countries. Leadership courses provide substantial value for those in the nonprofit sector, and the policy programs are valuable for corporate audiences.

Women’s Leadership Program

Share knowledge and experiences with high-performing women from a diverse group of government agencies. You’ll learn how to lead change from positions of formal and informal authority, acquire skills to negotiate successfully in any workplace situation and enhance your ability to communicate with authenticity and impact. There is no GS-level requirement to participate in this program. Tuition for 2024 is $6,500. Read more and register

2024 WashU at Brookings Women’s Leadership course dates:

  • January 16-18, 2024 - Organizational Savvy and Resonant Leadership (in-person)
  • March 6-7, 2024 - Resilience in Leadership (live virtual)
  • April 2-4, 2024 – Negotiation and Executive Presence (in-person)

Upcoming Courses

Accountability for Results

Washington, DC, United States

Leading High-Performance Teams

Washington, DC, United States

Inside the Judiciary


Ethics in Action: Leading with Integrity

Washington, DC, United States

Inside Congress (In-Person)

Washington, DC, United States

Developing Others: Leader as Coach (DC)

Washington, DC, United States

Strategic Thinking: Driving Long-Term Success (DC)

Washington, DC, United States

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For more information, visit the WashU at Brookings website. To register, email or call 1-800-925-5730.

About the Brookings Institution

The Brookings Institution, founded in 1916, is a nonprofit public policy organization based in Washington, D.C. Its mission is to conduct high-quality, independent research and, based on that research, provide innovative, practical recommendations that advance three broad goals: strengthen American democracy; foster the economic and social welfare, security and opportunity for all Americans; secure a more open, safe, prosperous and cooperative international system.