Negotiation and Leadership Frequently Asked Questions

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What is Negotiation and Leadership?

Negotiation and Leadership is a three-day executive education program that examines core decision-making challenges, analyzes complex negotiation scenarios, and provides a range of competitive and cooperative negotiation strategies. In short, it prepares you to achieve better outcomes at the bargaining table, every single time.

Who should attend this program?

Negotiation and Leadership attracts a diverse, global audience from both the private and public sectors. Participants represent a wide range of titles and industries. This program is appropriate for, although not limited to, individuals with titles such as Chief Executive Officer, Vice President, Board Chair, Executive Director, Director of Operations, Department Manager, Assistant Director, Associate Vice President, and Supervisor.

When is Negotiation and Leadership being held this year?

You can attend Negotiation and Leadership on the following dates:

Upcoming Program Date

September 23-25, 2019
October 21-23, 2019
December 2-4, 2019

Augmenting our programs are in-depth, one-day sessions that address tough negotiation problems. Upcoming sessions are

September 26, 2019: Sidetracked
October 24, 2019: Difficult Conversations
December 5, 2019: The Art of Saying No

How do I register for Negotiation and Leadership?

There are two simple ways to register:

Online registration: Follow this link to register online for our 2019 programs.

By Phone: Call us at 1-800-391-8629 (in the U.S.) or +1-301-528-2676 (for international callers) between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET, any business day.

How much does Negotiation and Leadership cost?

The 2019 pricing is as follows:
One day: $1,997
Three days: $3,997
Four days: $4,997 — save $997

Are there any discounts available?

When more than one person registers from the same organization (for the same dates), each registrant receives a $500 discount. We are unable to provide any grants, financial aid, or special rates for nonprofit organizations.

What is your payment policy?

Tuition must be paid upon registration except in cases where a wire transfer or purchase order is required. When paying with a wire or purchase order, tuition must be paid within 30 days of registration. If the registration occurs within 30 days of the course, payment is due upon receipt of invoice. Please note: enrollment is not guaranteed until payment has been received.

What is the cancellation policy?

Cancellations received in writing at least 21 business days prior to the start date of the course, will be eligible for a full refund less a $200 administrative fee, issued in the original form of payment (check or credit card). Cancellation requests received within 21 business days prior to the start of the course are subject to full payment of the program fee. In the unlikely event that PON cancels the event, PON is not responsible for any airfare, hotel or other cost or losses incurred by registrants.

Please submit your cancellation request in writing to PON:
Fax: + 1-240-599-7679

Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School,
Pound Hall 5th Floor,
1563 Massachusetts Avenue,
Cambridge, MA 02138

What is the transfer policy?

If a participant notifies PON in writing more than 10 business days prior to the start of a course, a full credit for the amount paid may be transferred, one time, to a future PON course within 12 calendar months of the original course date. After the one-year period, all tuition fees will be forfeited. Transferees will be required to pay fee increases, should any take place. After one transfer is granted, any subsequent transfers will be charged a transfer fee of $500, in addition to any penalties for late notification.

Late Transfer Penalty – Due to program demand and the high volume of pre-program preparation, requests for transfers received between one to ten business days of the program start date will incur a fee of $500. For programs beginning on Monday, the deadline for transfer requests is 5:00 p.m. EST the Thursday prior. For programs beginning on Thursday, the deadline is Tuesday at 5:00 p.m. EST. Notifications received after these deadlines will be considered cancellations, and are subject to full payment.

What is the substitution policy?

Registrants may transfer a registration to another person within the same organization. All requests must be received in writing no later than one business day prior to the start date of the course.

Where is Negotiation and Leadership held?

During the academic year, Negotiation and Leadership is held at The Charles Hotel in Cambridge, Massachusetts — next door to the Harvard Kennedy School and just steps away from the University’s storied Yard.

Where should I stay when attending Negotiation and Leadership?

Participants are invited to book a room in the PON group block at The Charles Hotel.  An independent luxury hotel, The Charles Hotel overlooks the Charles River in Cambridge’s Harvard Square. The 2019 PON group rate is $375 (plus tax). To reserve your room by phone, call 1-800-882-1818 (in the U.S.) or +1-617-864-1200 (outside the U.S.). To receive the group discount, you must call during the following booking hours: Monday – Friday, 8 AM – 7 PM and Saturday, 9 AM – 4 PM EST. When you call, please notify the reservations agent that you are attending a course with the Program on Negotiation, and give them the group code listed below. All rooms must be reserved no later than the dates listed below, to receive the group discount.

September Group Code: PONSEPT2019
September Group Rate Reservation Deadline: August 30, 2019
October Group Code: PONOCT2019
October Group Rate Reservation Deadline: September 29, 2019
December Group Code: PONDEC2019
December Group Rate Reservation Deadline: Nov 12, 2019

What is the closest airport?

The closest airport is Logan International Airport (BOS)

Is there a dress code for the program?

Business casual dress is the expected attire for all program functions, classes, and receptions. Please note that the room in which our program is held is air conditioned and kept at a cool temperature.

Are meals included?

Yes, a continental breakfast, plated lunch, and snacks are included each day of the program. In addition, a reception is held on Monday evening, for attendees at the Negotiation and Leadership program.

Will we receive a certificate?

Yes, a certificate of completion is provided for the three-day Negotiation and Leadership course and the one-day in-depth seminar.

Is Negotiation and Leadership accredited?

This is a professional skills program; it is not accredited, and no course credit or continuing education credits are offered.

Prior to attending, is there any preparation required for Negotiation and Leadership?

There is no preparation required, and no materials will be sent in advance.

What materials will I receive at the course? How much reading will there be?

You will receive a binder with articles and printed slides upon check-in at the event. During the course of the program you will be given additional handouts, including case studies and exercises to read. You will be asked to prepare for and participate in paired or group negotiations or exercises during the course of the program.

What level of English is required?

English proficiency (spoken and written) is required for this course. You must be able to read and discuss complex cases in English, and to engage in negotiation exercises in English with a counter-part. A TOEFFL score of 100 (internet based) or higher is recommended.

How can I continue my learning after the class?

As a participant in Negotiation and Leadership, you will receive a complimentary one year subscription to our Negotiation Briefings newsletter. We also invite you to join our LinkedIn group, and to find us on Facebook and Twitter. You can also find out about local events and upcoming courses by signing up to receive emails at our website.

I have additional questions about Negotiation and Leadership. How can I contact you?

Contact the PON staff by calling 1-800-391-8629 in the U.S., or +1-301-528-2676 from outside the U.S. You can also reach us via FAX at +1-240-599-7679 or by email at