Certificate Program for Women

Leading with Impact: Essential Practices for Women

Create positive change and spend more time thriving

• Cultivate your best, most authentic self
• Up-level your courage
• Leverage your hard-won resilience
• Create healthy team environments
• Engage and inspire with a bold vision

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Create a Culture of Authentic Thriving

To create a positive impact as a leader, what really matters is how you care for and return to your best self, the way you take courageous action, and the vision you inspire. When you bounce forward from setbacks and share your authentic self, you magnify the influence you have on your colleagues, your organization, and the world. 

This certificate course builds on the wisdom of the best-selling book, Arrive and Thrive: 7 Impactful Practices for Women Navigating Leadership, and is designed for women who want honest conversations and practical advice on how to truly thrive in leadership and help others do so too.

Who Should Participate

This program is designed for women leaders who want to lead with more ease, courage, and authenticity so they can thrive. You will learn proven practices to help you invest in your best self, respond to setbacks with resilience, and inspire others with your bold vision.

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Impact and Outcomes

  • Lead with more ease by building on your strengths and focusing on what gives you personal joy and vitality.
  • Minimize the risks and strengthen your ability to act with courage.
  • Build your capacity for resilience so you can “bounce forward” from setbacks.
  • Gain clarity on how to move the needle on your specific leadership issues, challenges, and barriers to thriving through executive coaching.
  • Identify who you are at your best and how you can lead from your best self.
  • Lead your team with more purpose towards a clearly defined, shared vision.
  • Learn how to create a healthy team environment that allows everyone to thrive.
  • Bring a more authentic version of yourself to your leadership practice.


Praise for Our Program

I highly recommend this course to women in leadership. The introspective nature of the program paired with the diverse community of women was an enriching experience.

Kathleen Tiney

Product Marketing at Natixis Investment Managers

I had such a rewarding time meeting the phenomenal women in this program from so many different industries! The 7 practices are impactful and practical, which is critical for leaders whose time is being pulled in so many directions.

Whitney Williams

Assistant Director of Leadership Development @ U of M Medical School

There are so many ways to expand our leadership toolbox, and this class should be on your top 10. It was a great way to take pause, look inward, identify our best selves and lead from there. I am glad I took part of the initial program and was very impressed by the cohort selection, we learned so much from each others experiences.

Cande Rogert

Vice President, Global Head of Advanced Sciences, Illumina

This program should be a part of every woman's leadership development plan. The progression from knowing your best self to leading teams is second to none. Not only did it help me think about how I lead at work, but also how I lead my whole life.

Marcy Goode

Customer Experience & Ecommerce Growth: Digital Products • Conversion & Retention, McGraw Hill

This is a great program for anyone wanting to grow as a leader. It is full of self-insight and practical applications in an enriching, collaborative forum.

Kiley Crawford

Hyster-Yale Group

Such a great opportunity and so important to take a break from the day-to-day to talk about those critical topics with a group of such inspiring women!

Isadora Bailly

Vice President Dom Pérignon, Moët Hennessy

Scale the Impact Across Your Organization

Leading with Impact as a Self-Paced Online Learning Experience

Each learning module is entirely self paced, and leads you through the high-impact content and personal reflections that enable deep learning. Through short videos, interactive text, and guided exercises, you’ll engage with the content and create action steps that will enable you to immediately put your learning into practice and lead with more impact.

You’ll receive a downloadable custom journal for each module that includes the main learning from the session, our “Power Recap” of key points, as well as places to record your thoughts. This will serve as an ongoing resource for your learning and taking action.

We anticipate that each module will take between 30 and 60 minutes to complete. You don’t have to do them in a single sitting; and you can return to the content as often as you wish.


Session Details
Practice 1

Investing in Your Best Self

Spend more time operating from your best self:

  • Understand who you are at your best.
  • Learn what enables you to be in your best self and what blocks you.
  • Consider what would be possible if you lived more of your life from your best self.
  • Discuss how harshness towards yourself and others impacts your ability to be your best self.
  • Learn a process for returning to your best self when you are activated into harshness.
Practice 2

Embracing Authenticity

Navigate the complexities of authenticity to show up more authentically at work:

  • Understand the relationship between your best self and your authentic self.
  • Discuss how to navigate the desire to be true to yourself with the need to grow and evolve.
  • Clarify your values to support your understanding of your authentic self.
  • Explore how to show up as your authentic self in a balanced and measured way, especially when you aren’t in the majority population.
Practice 3

Cultivating Courage

Take courageous and thoughtful action when risks emerge:

  • Understand the sources of courage and identify your personal sources.
  • Discover how you have already created conditions for courage.
  • Learn tools for taking courageous action.
  • Discuss how to act with courage despite the risk of failure.
Practice 4

Fostering Resilience

Bounce back more quickly from setbacks and adversity:

  • Understand resilience’s role in thriving and how it differs from coping.
  • Use the “S Curve of learning” to understand your current state and how that impacts your need for resilience.
  • Discuss the role of well-being in resilience.
  • Develop your personal circles of support.
Practice 5

Inspiring a Bold Vision

Develop and compellingly enroll others in your bold vision:

  • Capture the “whispers of your heart” to inspire your vision.
  • Develop a vision statement for your organization and for yourself.
  • Ground your vision in purpose.
  • Practice how to communicate your vision with enthusiasm.
Practice 6

Creating a Healthy Team Environment

Help build a team environment where you and your team members can thrive:

  • Discuss how to develop psychological safety.
  • Learn how to bring an appreciative approach to challenging interactions.
  • Explore how to understand and unleash team member strengths.
  • Plan how your team can learn and develop together.

Our Faculty

Susan MacKenty Brady

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Co-author Susan MacKenty Brady will share the insights she gained while writing the Wall Street Journal best-selling Arrive and Thrive: 7 Impactful Practices for Women Navigating Leadership, as well as her latest thinking on how to increase your positive impact as a leader, both for yourself and for your colleagues.

Susan is the Deloitte Ellen Gabriel Chair for Women and Leadership at Simmons University and the first Chief Executive Officer of the Simmons University Institute for Inclusive Leadership. Susan has published three books on leadership.

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