Women in Leadership

Kelley School of Business

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  • 5 days
  • in person

Kelley School of Business


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About the course

Female managers face unique realities in the workplace. Is she collaborative, or unable to take charge? Is she direct, or aggressive? Enable women leaders at your company to understand and navigate these challenges with the Women in Leadership online business certificate.

By developing your female leaders early, you'll create a pipeline of talent ready to step into leadership roles at critical moments. You'll also build a competitive advantage at your company—research shows organizations with gender diversity in their leadership see stronger financial performance.

Key Takeaways

This online certificate is intended for women who are currently (or soon-to-be) in management or leadership positions. Through in-depth self-assessment, hands-on exercises, and interactive class experiences, participants will learn ways to be perceived as both competent and congenial.

Women who earn the certificate will:

  • Construct a personal profile highlighting strengths and areas for improvement as a leader
  • Distinguish masculine and feminine ways of thinking and communicating, and develop strategies to bridge the gap between them
  • Plan for and conduct professional negotiations
  • Practice strategies to enhance personal credibility, build trust, and establish executive presence
  • Develop and execute strategies to participate in the give-and-take required for group coaching


The certificate will require about three hours of work per week for participants. This will include:

One hour-long, real-time discussion led by the instructor on Tuesday evenings (it can be recorded and watched later) One 20-30 minute lecture to view on your own Participation in discussion forums with faculty and other participants Assignments that require roughly 30 minutes per week The curriculum is divided into five modules. At the end of each module, participants must pass a quiz (70% minimum score) to earn the certificate.

  • Module 1: Self-Assessment

Participants complete assessments of conflict management style, communication preferences, responses to stress, decision-making procedures, and information processing patterns. Results form the basis for an assessment of leadership strengths and weaknesses and a map for future development.

  • Module 2: Gender Intelligence and Gender Bias

Men and women process and respond to information differently; this often leads to miscommunication. We will identify best practices for meetings and collaboration that mitigates this gap. And, despite our best efforts, we all have hidden bias. We will explore the impact gender bias has on women’s performance evaluations and work expectations.

  • Module 3: Negotiation and Self-Advocacy

We investigate gender differences in negotiation, and the double bind women face when they must choose to be perceived as a competent negotiator or a likeable person. Mock negotiation exercises help participants learn negotiation and self-advocacy skills.

  • Module 4: Establishing Executive Presence

Leaders command respect through verbal and nonverbal communication. We discover skills and strategies necessary to increase your comfort, confidence, and effectiveness when building and enhancing your executive presence.

  • Module 5: Mentoring and Coaching

Giving and receiving feedback and advice is important for any leader. This course identifies best practices for engaging and being a mentor. Participants will leave with the ability to participate in group coaching sessions to continue learning beyond the classroom experience.


Carolyn Goerner

Carolyn Goerner is a Clinical Professor of Management at Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business in Bloomington. Currently, she teaches Strategic Human Resources in Kelley’s Integrated Core in addition to courses in negotiation at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Dr. Goerner complet...

Daisy Lovelace

Daisy Lovelace, PhD, is a lecturer in Communication, Professional, and Computer Skills at the Kelley School of Business. Lovelace teaches Business Presentations in the undergraduate business program, Effective Communication in the EMBA program, and communication and leadership courses in executi...

Eric Johnson

Eric Johnson, a Kelley MBA alum from the class of 2001, joined the Graduate Career Services staff in August 2011. Eric was most recently the chief marketing officer for Eli Lilly and Company in the United Kingdom, and has more than a decade of experience in marketing and sales leadership roles. H...

Charlotte Westerhaus-Renfrow

Charlotte Westerhaus-Renfrow is an assistant clinical professor in the Department of Management at the Kelley School of Business Indianapolis. Charlotte holds a law degree from the Maurer School of Law at Indiana University Bloomington, and MEd and BS degrees from Ohio University. Her previous se...

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