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(formerly Strategic Leadership for Women)

Women's Leadership Accelerator Program

Join our flagship certificate program to cultivate the essential skills women need to arrive and thrive in leadership. Our Fall 2022 session is at maximum capacity, and we are now accepting registrations for Spring 2023. Don't miss out!

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The Essentials for Women Leaders

Now more than ever organizations need to equip their women leaders with the tools, critical skills, and strategies to advance their careers, tackle challenges faced by women professionals, and lead with confidence and intention. The Women’s Leadership Accelerator Program (formerly Strategic Leadership for Women) has been doing just that for more than 20 years.

The program includes eight live sessions via Zoom, two private executive coaching sessions, and independent and group work between sessions.

Who Should Attend

This innovative virtual program —informed by the latest research and current workforce trends — is ideal for professional women leaders who wish to better understand how to navigate leadership and gender to accelerate their careers.

 


Results-Driven Curriculum

  • Examine your personal leadership style and identify ways to strengthen your practices.
  • Discover how strategic mentoring and intentional networking can impact your career.
  • Receive personal, executive 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 per person

Benefits and Outcomes

  • Build a practical and powerful leadership toolkit to accelerate your career advancement.
  • Explore how gender and other social identities impact your career and leadership journey.
  • Acquire strategies to become a more inclusive, efficient, and effective leader.
  • Create an action plan to define, develop, and achieve career aspirations.
  • Increase your ability to navigate challenging situations.
  • Boost your communication, networking, and negotiation skills.


Praise for Our Program

"The Strategic Leadership for Women Certificate Program fundamentally changed the way I think about leadership presence and practice. The combination of programming content, peer interaction, and networking opportunities delivered an experience unlike any program I have attended. I firmly believe that completing this program contributed to my promotion into a senior strategy role.” —Michele Hentges, Cisco Systems, Global Strategy and Planning

"As a faculty member of the SLW program, facilitating diversity and inclusion conversations with women across sectors has been robust and engaging. You know you are on the right track when participants are authentic, thought-provoking, and impactful on issues that address current-day realities for organizations and women leaders."—Darlene Slaughter, Institute Fellow and Chief Diversity, Inclusion & Engagement Officer, March of Dimes

Included in the Program

Session Details
Program Kickoff

Live Session: Welcome Webinar

Kerry Seitz VP, Women’s Leadership Simmons University Institute for Inclusive Leadership

Kerry Seitz

VP of Women's Leadership, Simmons University Institute for Inclusive Leadership

Join a Zoom session for a live virtual orientation to the program, when you will meet the cohort and learn more about what to expect from the program.

Session Prep: Independent and Group Work
Includes onboarding online tools and initiating your 360 assessment ~ 80 minutes
Part 1: Leading from Your Best Self

Activating Your Best Self

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Darlene Slaughter

Institute Fellow, Simmons University Institute for Inclusive Leadership

This session provides an opportunity for participants to understand the specifics about when they are at their best. This view includes clarity of strengths, core values, and public persona. 

Session Prep: Independent and Group Work
Includes introductory call with your coach, peer-group activity, and completion of your 360 assessment ~ 2 hours
Part 1: Leading from Your Best Self

Cultivating Resilience

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Lynn Tetrault

Institute Fellow, Simmons Institute for Inclusive Leadership

How important is cultivating resilience as a leader? Very! In this session you will explore strengthening your emotional resilience to better understand why effective leadership includes emotional self awareness. You will be given tools and practices that allow you to immediately put into action techniques to manage and release emotional stress.

Session Prep: Independent 
Includes personal reflection ~ 15 min
Part 1: Leading from Your Best Self

Returning to Your Best Self

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Susan MacKenty Brady

CEO, Simmons University Institute for Inclusive Leadership

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.

Session Prep: Independent and Group Work
Includes self-paced learning ~ 1 hour
Part 2: Leadership Identity

Gender & Leadership

Mary Shapiro Professor of Practice, School of Business, Simmons University | Simmons University Institute for Inclusive Leadership

Mary Shapiro

Institute Fellow, Simmons Institute for Inclusive + Simmons University Professor

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.

Session Prep: Independent and Group Work
Includes first coaching session and self-paced learning ~ 2.5 hours
Part 2: Leadership Identity

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion as Leadership Competencies

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Darlene Slaughter

Institute Fellow, Simmons Institute for Inclusive Leadership

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.

Session Prep: Independent and Group Work
Includes peer-group activity, and self-paced learning ~ 2.5 hours
Part 3: Leadership in Action

Intentional Networking

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Bryn Panee Burkhart

Institute Fellow, Simmons Institute for Inclusive Leadership

This session empowers and inspires participants to view networking as an integral part of their career management strategy. It gives them a practical roadmap for how to effectively curate and communicate with their network to accomplish their individual leadership goals.

Session Prep: Independent and Group Work
Includes coaching session, peer-group activity, and self-paced learning ~ 1.5 hours
Part 3: Leadership in Action

Negotiating Conditions for Success

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Suzanne Wilkins

Institute Fellow. Simmons Institute for Inclusive Leadership

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.

Session Prep: Independent and Group Work
Includes coaching session, peer-group activity, and self-paced learning ~ 1.5 hours

Fall 2022 / SOLD OUT

Join Us for the Spring 2023 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.

Live Session Dates Eastern Times Session
April 11, 2023 1:00pm – 2:30pm Welcome Webinar
May 2, 2023 10:00am – 2:30pm Building the Foundation + Activating Your Best Self
May 9, 2023 10:00am – 12:45pm Cultivating Resilience
May 16, 2023 10:00am – 12:45pm Returning to Your Best Self
May 23, 2023 10:00am – 12:45pm Gender and Leadership
May 31, 2023 10:00am – 12:45pm DEI as Leadership Competencies
June 6, 2023 10:00am – 12:45pm Intentional Networking
June 13, 2023 10:00am – 1:00pm Negotiating for Leadership Success + Path to Action

Per Person

$4,600

8 - Expertly Facilitated, Engaging Live Sessions
2 - Private Executive Coaching Sessions
Reflected Best Self 360 Assessment Report
Networking + Peer Group Connections

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