Women’s Leadership Program

With an emphasis on leadership and strategy development, this two-part program is for ambitious female leaders who want to take their careers to the next level. Learn from top-ranked faculty and create powerful connections to increase your impact.

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Sharpen your strategy. Maximize your leadership potential.

Program Description

Each session of the Women’s Leadership Program provides high-impact learning opportunities tailored specifically for women. Our two-day seminar-style programs are experiential and researched-based with ample opportunity to network with our faculty and other participants.

Certificate Option

A certificate and special discount is available for those who wish to attend all sessions. Register now and attend all 6 sessions for the price of 5! Click here for this special discount.

SHRM Recertification Provider 2017

Eccles Executive Education is recognized by SHRM to offer SHRM-CP or SHRMSCP professional development credits (PDCs). This program is valid for 11 PDCs per session. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit shrmcertification.org.

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Upcoming Dates

Women’s Leadership Program, Business Communication

15 June 2017 9:00 am - 16 June 2017 4:00 pm

Communication excellence is an essential leadership tool.  As executives ascend in organizations, they are required to speak in public more often as they shape the organization’s mission, vision, and values.  For female executives, communication excellence is critical as we are faced with having to navigate often challenging, gender-related situations.  We passionately believe that public speaking is an opportunity and platform from which leaders are able to express their emotional intelligence as they are able to: express their emotions and illustrate that they understand their audience’s emotions; show how they are strong, mindful listeners and leaders; showcase their ability to manage organizational change during times of crisis; express their strength as well as vulnerability, empathy, and cultural intelligence; move people to action; and so forth.  In other words, public speaking is a strategic position from which a leader can craft her own leadership narrative as well as that of her organization.  After completing this workshop, participants will leave with an understanding of how to:


(1)   Assess their strengths and areas of development as a public speaker;

(2)   Examine their audience before crafting the speech;

(3)   Be more persuasive/confident with different audiences (hostile, diverse, male, etc.);

(4)   Implement rhetorical strategies that will create a powerful emotional audience connection: storytelling, metaphor, rhetorical questions, repetition;

(5)   Frame their speech with an effective organizational structure;

(6)   Craft a persuasive introduction and conclusion; and

(7)   Develop and achieve a mindful, kinesthetic delivery.

Dr. Kathryn Cañas

Dr Kathryn A. Cañas is a member of the Management Department in the David Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah. Her teaching currently includes courses on managing diversity, business communication, and pedagogical theories and practices on both undergraduate and graduate levels.

Areas of Expertise
Business CommunicationManaging Diversity
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Women’s Leadership Program, Ethics

24 August 2017 9:00 am - 25 August 2017 4:00 pm

Dr. Georgi Rausch

Georgi Rausch is a Assistant Professor (Lecturer) in the Management Department. She teaches communications and business ethics.

Areas of Expertise
Business EthicsCommunicationsPublic Speaking
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Women’s Leadership Program, Leadership Essentials

4 October 2017 9:00 am - 5 October 2017 4:00 pm

Dr. Abe Bakhsheshy

Dr. Abe is the David Eccles School of Business Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative Director and Professor (Lecturer) of Organizational Behavior in the Department of Entrepreneurship and Strategy. Along with his academic qualifications, he has more than 35 years of management and leadership experience including seven years of executive level position in overseas working with multinational corporations.

Areas of Expertise
HealthcareHuman ResourcesLeadership
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Women’s Leadership Program, Business Turnarounds

7 December 2017 9:00 am - 8 December 2017 4:00 pm

Bonita Austin

Bonita Austin has a background in securities analysis and teaches strategy in the DESB. She received 4 teaching awards and serves as the Asst. Department Chair of Entrepreneurship & Strategy.

Areas of Expertise
Business TurnaroundsEntrepreneurshipStrategy
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Program Tuition: $1,050

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In This Program

Learn methods for influencing and motivating teams to advance your mission and vision
Develop frameworks for fine-tuning your personal strategy and sharpening your listening skills
Discover how to create, shape, and communicate your vision to create powerful emotional connections with various audiences
Identify key strengths and areas for growth to increase your leadership scope
Explore the power of empathy in developing relationships and creating effective conflict resolution strategies
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“I loved it. I’m more inspired, driven, and better after being here!“

– Angie Burton, Business Development Manager, Swire Coca Cola
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