Women’s Leadership Certificate

With an emphasis on leadership and strategy development, this certificate 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.


Scholarships for this program are being provided by Gail Miller in the pursuit of furthering women’s education.

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Upcoming Dates

Women’s Leadership Program, Change Management

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

In today’s business environment, even young organizations are often faced with the need to change course quickly. This session explores various companies that have implemented different turnaround strategies and the outcomes. Thoughtful discussion of these cases and the strategies used will enable participants to identify and tackle turnaround opportunities with confidence.

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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Women’s Leadership Program, Collaborative Negotiations

22 February 2018 9:00 am - 23 February 2018 4:00 pm

The overall objective of these sessions is to understand how to make better joint and collective decisions through negotiation.  The specific learning objectives include:

  • Gaining a broad analytical understanding of central concepts in negotiation
  • Building confidence in your negotiation skills
  • Developing a toolkit of useful negotiation skills, strategies, and approaches.

Dr. Kristina Diekmann

Dr. Kristina ‘Tina’ Diekmann is Chair of the Department of Management, Professor of Management and David Eccles Professor of Business Ethics at The University of Utah David Eccles School of Business. Dr. Diekmann’s research investigates how individuals behave in organizations, with a focus on fairness and ethics, negotiation, social perception and impression management.

Areas of Expertise
EthicsImpression ManagementNegotiationSocial Perception
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Women’s Leadership Program, Teams and Effective Feedback

26 April 2018 9:00 am - 27 April 2018 4:00 pm

Working in teams can promote efficiency, creativity, diversity, critical thinking, synergy, and rewarding workplace relationships, but it can also leave team members feeling frustrated, alienated, voiceless, and confused. Gender-based communication styles add a layer of complexity that can work for and against team productivity and satisfaction. While no one formula can guarantee team success, this program will examine research that reveals better and worse practices for effective communication among teams and across gender styles. You will also examine your relationship with feedback, as both giver and receiver, to help you reach personal and organizational goals and become the leader you want to be.

Learn and practice:

  • Potential challenges women face in teams and strategies to address them
  • The effects of conflict and collaboration on team success and individual satisfaction
  • How to prepare for feedback conversations by identifying and managing triggers that prevent you from making feedback useful
  • How to promote an organizational climate of open and ongoing feedback conversations
  • Multiple techniques of giving feedback, with attention to context, role relationship, and personality style

Dr. Jennifer Cummings

Jennifer Cummings is an Assistant Professor (Lecturer) in the Management Department at the David Eccles School of Business and a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of  Communication at the University of Utah.

Areas of Expertise
Business CommunicationsEffective Feedback
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Women’s Leadership Program, Mastering Public Speaking Excellence

21 June 2018 9:00 am - 22 June 2018 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:

  • Assess their strengths and areas of development as a public speaker
  • Examine their audience before crafting the speech
  • Be more persuasive/confident with different audiences (hostile, diverse, male, etc.)
  • Implement rhetorical strategies that will create a powerful emotional audience connection: storytelling, metaphor, rhetorical questions, repetition
  • Frame their speech with an effective organizational structure
  • Craft a persuasive introduction and conclusion
  • 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, Mindfulness & Interpersonal Effectiveness

16 August 2018 9:00 am - 17 August 2018 4:00 pm

Having interpersonal communication skills and emotional intelligence as a woman in the workplace are critical components to gaining success as a leader. In this workshop, we will teach leaders to improve their interpersonal communication skills by using mindfulness strategies to work through a variety of challenging workplace communication interactions. We will also discuss how to manage your mind and emotions and how to become an effective communicator, self-coach, and executive coach for your employees.

In this dynamic, skill-building workshop, participants will learn how to:

  • Identify strengths and areas of opportunities in relation to emotional intelligence;
  • Focus on effectively managing current workplace communication challenges; with each participant developing an action plan for one particular challenging workplace conversation/situation;
  • Understand mindfulness and create mindfulness strategies for improving communication skills;
  • Cultivate skills in motivation and coaching for oneself and others;
  • Embrace the power of empathy, relationship management, and conflict resolution;
  • Develop skills in delivering and receiving negative feedback;
  • Recognize the relationship between nonverbal communication and emotional intelligence;
  • Master communication skills that reflect emotionally intelligent leadership through practice and role play.

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: How Women Become Star Leaders

1 November 2018 9:00 am - 2 November 2018 4:00 pm

This session examines how female managers can climb the corporate ladder and secure the corner office as well as the issues facing women in leadership positions by offering effective strategies for handling them. Dr. Abe balances academic research and practical work experiences regarding social norms and expectations with practical leadership strategies for operating effectively within the workplace. He discusses how to outmaneuver the “double bind” dilemma, showing strong leadership qualities without being penalized for it, how women can be positively perceived in the workplace, ways to effectively provide both positive and negative feedback and how they can strengthen their emotional intelligence to stand out as a leader among both men and women.

The learning objectives include the following:

  • How female managers become leaders
  • Principles of perception. How to perceive others accurately and how to be perceived in a positive light as a decisive, dedicated, authentic, caring and visionary leader
  • Leveraging emotional intelligence in personal, professional and public life in order to drive positive results
  • How to recognize when there is a gender dimension at work and how you can create a bias fee culture within your organization
  • How to be a transparent and ethical leader with integrity

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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Program Tuition: $8,500 for certificate or $1,700 per session

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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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