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Strategic Leadership for Women Certificate Program

Join our flagship certificate program to cultivate the essential skills women need to arrive and thrive in your organization.

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The Essentials for Women Leaders

Informed by the latest research and current workforce trends, this innovative program is designed for mid-senior level managers, women advancing to more senior positions, and high-potential women managers.


Our Results-Driven Curriculum

Come to understand your personal leadership style and identify ways to strengthen your practices.

Understand how strategic mentoring and intentional networking can impact your career and the careers of others in your organization.

Receive personal coaching on specific leadership issues, challenges, and career aspirations.

Develop career strategies, including an action plan that allows you to create the conditions for your own success.

Program cost: $4,600

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Included in the Program

This certificate program is delivered in a dynamic virtual format, featuring highly interactive live sessions along with coaching, peer group work, and exercises done at your own pace between sessions. You’ll benefit from a 360 assessment, executive coaching, action planning, and lots of opportunities to network and learn from your cohort.

The program includes the following modules:

Activating Your Best Self

How would others describe you when you’re at your best? Learn the answer, and clarify and refine a positive view of yourself, based on feedback from colleagues, friends and family.

Returning to Your Best Self

In this action oriented and reflective session, you will learn strategies for returning to your Best Self to close the gap between intent and impact. You will cultivate a foundation of confidence that will allow you to respond to situations and people with curiosity and calm so you can maximize your effectiveness.

Gender & Leadership

This highly interactive session uses role play, research, and group discussions to explore work practices and norms that look gender neutral, but can have a differential impact on women.

Enhancing Your Strategic Network

For many women, the term networking brings up images of insincere small talk at events held outside of standard working hours. In this practical session, we’ll debunk these myths and make networking more accessible and effective.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion as Leadership Competencies

Diversity, equity, and inclusion are words that we hear often, but what do they truly mean? In this foundational session, we will develop a shared understanding of key concepts and the historical systems that have led to where we are today.

Negotiating for Leadership Success

This session introduces the fundamentals of successful workplace negotiation, with a particular focus on women and negotiation. Learn the basic elements of mutual gains problem-solving


Program Agenda

April 26

Live Session: Welcome Webinar

11:00 A.M. – 12:30 P.M. EST

Live virtual orientation to the program.

Preparing for the Program

Independent and Group Work

Self-Paced Learning: 
• Includes onboarding online tools and initiating your 360 assessment ~ 80 minutes


 

May 24

Day 1 Live Session

9:30 A.M. – 2:30 P.M. EST

kerry seitz headshotBuilding the Foundation. Facilitated by Kerry Seitz, VP of Women’s Leadership at the Simmons Institute for Inclusive Leadership

Darlene Slaughter headshotActivating Your Best Self. Facilitated by Darlene Slaughter, Institute Fellow at the Simmons Institute for Inclusive Leadership

Preparing for the Program

Independent and Group Work

Includes introductory call with your coach, peer-group activity, and completion of your 360 assessment ~ 2 hours


 

May 26

Day 2 Live Session

9:30 A.M. – 3:30 P.M. EST

Lynn Tetrault headshotCultivating Resilience.
Facilitated by Lynn Tetrault, Institute Fellow at the Simmons Institute for Inclusive Leadership

Susan Mackenty Brady headshot.Returning to Your Best Self. Facilitated by Susan MacKenty Brady, CEO at the Simmons Institute for Inclusive Leadership

Preparing for the Program

Independent and Group Work

Self-paced Learning: ~ 1.5 hours


 

June 7

Day 3 Live Session

9:30 A.M. – 3:30 P.M. EST

Mary Shapiro headshotGender and Leadership.
Facilitated by Mary Shapiro, Simmons University Professor & Institute Fellow at the Simmons Institute for Inclusive Leadership

Darlene Slaughter headshotDEI as Leadership Competencies. Facilitated by Darlene Slaughter, Institute Fellow at the Simmons Institute for Inclusive Leadership

Preparing for the Program

Independent and Group Work

Includes first coaching session, peer-group activity, and self-paced learning ~ 5 hours


 

June 21

Day 4 Live Session

9:30 A.M. – 3:30 P.M. EST

Bryn Burkhart HeadshotIntentional Networking. Facilitated by Bryn Panee Burkhart, Institute Fellow at the Simmons Institute for Inclusive Leadership

Suzanne Wilkins headshotNegotiations. Facilitated by Suzanne Wilkins, Institute Fellow at the Simmons Institute for Inclusive Leadership

kerry seitz headshotPath to Action. Facilitated by Kerry Seitz, VP Women’s Leadership at the Simmons Institute for Inclusive Leadership

Preparing for the Program

Independent and Group Work

Includes second coaching session, peer-group activity, and self-paced learning ~ 3 hours


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