Certificate Program for Women

Strategic Leadership Accelerator

Cultivate the essential skills you need to accelerate your leadership journey. Learn how to lead from who you are at your best to increase your effectiveness and impact, and make the forward progress you aspire to achieve. We are now accepting registrations for Spring 2023. Don't miss out!

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The Essentials for Women Leaders

Navigating the complexities of leadership today requires tools, critical skills, and strategies so you can tackle the challenges faced by women professionals, and lead from your best self with confidence and intention. The Strategic Leadership Accelerator Program (formerly Strategic Leadership for Women) has been equipping women to do just that for more than 20 years.

Who Should Attend

This impactful virtual program — informed by the latest research and current workforce trends — is ideal for professional women leaders who wish to better understand their leadership identity so they can strategically and authentically accelerate their careers.

Program Features & Pricing

8  Expertly facilitated, engaging live sessions
2  Private executive coaching sessions
Reflected Best Self 360 Assessment Report
Independent and group work between sessions
Networking and peer group support

$4,999 per person

Inclusive Leadership in Action




Live Online
April 11 –
June 20, 2023
22.5 hours live sessions
6 hours self-paced work
Simmons University

Impact and Outcomes

  • Identify and activate the strengths that enable you to lead from your best self.
  • Acquire strategies to manage stress and triggers that can interfere with how we engage as leaders.
  • Understand how gender and other social identities influence and impact your leadership style and journey.
  • Establish a comprehensive professional network with integrity to strategically support your career aspirations.
  • Gain skills to negotiate more effectively and comfortably.  
  • Receive personal executive coaching on your specific leadership issues, challenges, and career aspirations.
  • Engage with a diverse group of successful women eager to accelerate in their careers and make impact.

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

Curriculum Overview

Session Details
Live Session 1

Program Kickoff

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.

Live Session 2

Activating Your Best Self

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.  

Live Session 3

Cultivating Resilience

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.

Live Session 4

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. 

Live Session 5

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. 

Live Session 6

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. 

Live Session 7

Intentional Networking

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.

Live Session 8

Negotiating Conditions for 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 Schedule

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 9, 2023 10:00am – 2:30pm Building the Foundation + Activating Your Best Self
May 16, 2023 10:00am – 12:45pm Cultivating Resilience
May 23, 2023 10:00am – 12:45pm Returning to Your Best Self
May 30, 2023 10:00am – 12:45pm Gender and Leadership
June 6, 2023 10:00am – 12:45pm DEI as Leadership Competencies
June 13, 2023 10:00am – 12:45pm Intentional Networking
June 20, 2023 10:00am – 1:00pm Negotiating for Leadership Success + Path to Action

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