Available dates

Mar 30—Apr 3, 2020
5 days
Boston, Massachusetts, United States
USD 4600
USD 920 per day


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About the course

Our innovative Strategic Leadership for Women Certificate emphasizes how gender dynamics impact organizational behavior and workplace culture. Through personalized coaching and career development you'll gain the skills you need to become an influential leader and decision maker in your organization.

You'll be empowered by internationally recognized faculty who specialize in power dynamics, team building, and communication styles. Our participants analyze real case studies that highlight women protagonists and receive strategic mentoring on specific leadership issues, challenges, and career aspirations. You'll participate in role playing and active problem solving that will ensure that you can practically apply your skills at your organization.

Our participants develop action plans designed for professional success. You'll learn to take on leadership roles and make your contributions visible and valued. This 5 day intensive program is perfect for professionals in middle- to senior-level positions who are looking to take on enhanced leadership responsibility within their departments and organizations.


This is a highly interactive program that uses a variety of methodologies, including:

  • 360° leadership assessment tool to receive and analyze feedback
  • Personal executive coaching on specific leadership issues, challenges, and career aspirations
  • "Live" cases and other exercises that allow you to interact with the material and put your skills into practice
  • Group problem solving and experience sharing
  • Formal instruction based on our extensive research into what makes women leaders successful
  • Structured personal reflection
  • Best practices for strengthening your network combined with the opportunity to network with other women leaders
  • Action planning to create a roadmap for success


Day 1

  • Laying the Foundation
  • Exploring Leadership Potential
  • Peer Coaching
  • Reception and Dinner

Day 2

  • Communication Strategies
  • Women and Vision
  • Executive Coaching
  • Offsite Dinner and Leadership Team Conversations

Day 3

  • Building Your Strategic Network
  • Gender and Leadership
  • Leadership Support Teams
  • Free Night

Day 4

  • Leading High Performing Teams
  • Understanding and Using Power
  • Celebration Dinner

Day 5

  • Strategic Path to Leadership
  • Program Close

Who should attend

Professionals in middle- to senior-level positions who are looking to take on enhanced leadership responsibility within their departments and organizations Women from all functional areas and industries.

Trust the experts

Mary Shapiro

Mary Shapiro is the author of The HBR Guide to Leading Teams, which captures the strategies and stories from 25 years of working with teams. For more than 25 years, she has served as an Organizational Behavior faculty at Simmons University, an executive trainer, and a consultant to public and pri...


Stacy Blake - Beard

Stacy Blake-Beard is a Professor of Management at the Simmons School of Management where she teaches Organizational Behavior. She is also Faculty Affiliate at the Center for Gender in Organizations at Simmons and Visiting Faculty at the Indian School of Business in Hyderabad, India. Prior to join...


Spela Trefalt

Education D.B.A., Harvard Business School; M.B.A., University of Kansas; B.A., Law, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia I joined Simmons faculty in 2008, after earning a D.B.A. in Management from the Harvard Business School, an M.B.A. from the University of Kansas, and a B.A. in Law from the U...


Cynthia Ingols

Education Ed.D. Harvard University M.A. University of Wisconsin-Madison B.A. University of Georgia Cynthia Ingols is an experienced professor, consultant and researcher, who specializes in the ways individuals lead and organizations change and negotiate with their environments. At the Simmon...


Patricia Deyton

Patricia H. Deyton is a Professor of Practice of Business and a Senior Associate of the Center for Gender in Organizations (CGO), the internationally recognized research Center at Simmons addressing gender, diversity and organizational effectiveness. She previously was the Associate Dean of the ...


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