Women in Senior Executive Leadership

Eli Broad College of Business

Eli Broad College of Business


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Who should attend

  • Have 10 or more years of experience in multiple functional roles with increasing levels of responsibility
  • Have positions ranging from senior administrator to chief of staff, finance director to senior executive vice president of operations and strategy, global continuous improvement senior manager to chief operations officer, senior consultant, owner
  • Aspire to advance to executive management or the c-suite
  • Seek to expand their influence and impact within their organization
  • Organizational impact: If you are part of a group or team of leaders who would like to positively impact their organization, we can offer you a group discount or a custom program for your organization.

About the course

Women in Senior Executive Leadership is designed for women with 10+ years of experience. Women in Executive Leadership. is designed for women with 5 – 10 years of experience.

This program is offered live, online through videoconferencing.


The number of women running America’s largest corporations has hit a new high: 37 of the companies on this year’s Fortune 500 are led by female CEOs. Yet, the presence of women in upper levels of management is still very low and growing at a slow pace.

Women face unique challenges in the workplace: the glass ceiling, the broken rung, the likability conundrum, work-life balance, leaning in, the imposter syndrome, double bias. And senior level women face additional challenges that come with being one of very few women working in the executive level. In our Senior Executive Leadership for Women program, we talk about these challenges. During this program, you will learn how to navigate these challenges and adapt while remaining true to yourself and your vision. You will learn how to create an environment that helps other women advance. The program ends with several opportunities to hone your senior executive leadership skills.

This senior leadership program is offered by The Broad College of Business from Michigan State University and includes the latest research from our faculty in the fields of leadership, emotional intelligence, communication, negotiation, and inclusion. Participants have opportunities to learn how their strategic communication is perceived, what is different for women involved in multi-party negotiations, what they can do to advance and help other women advance, and much more. Senior executives from industry will share their best advice for creating value during optional speeches immediately following a few of the modules. Given the increased number of challenges many women face as a result of the pandemic, we hope you can join us as we offer this opportunity to help leaders advance with confidence.


Participants in this program will learn to:

  • Take time to invest in your growth as a high-performance senior executive leader
  • Learn to adapt while being true to yourself and your goals

The content covered in Senior Executive Leadership for Women is distributed three major themes.

Your Environment

  • Check your own biases and distinguish between confidence and competence in your colleagues
  • Wield influence by building the right relationships
  • Source your network to build alliances and create a network of support

Your Leadership

  • Understand how emotions influence perception and use this emotional intelligence to lead in different environments
  • Create an environment of accountability and empowerment
  • Influence and inspire your employees to strive towards shared aspirations

Your Leadership Skill Mastery

  • Learn the difference between the negotiating behaviors of men and women, specifically in complex multi-party negotiations. You will have an opportunity for real-time practice negotiating during this program.
  • Learn best practices for advocating for others in challenging situations
  • Speak with passion without being perceived as “too emotional”
  • Discover how men and women approach strategic communication differently. Learn how to effectively communicate strategy and be known for your vision.

These learning outcomes will be achieved through faculty instruction, group discussions, and interactive exercises.


Jennifer Dunn

Jennifer Dunn is a faculty member in the Department of Management at Michigan State University. Jennifer received her Ph.D. in Decision Processes from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Jennifer conducts research in the areas of negotiations, trust, reputation, and ethical ...

Christy Zhou Koval

Academic qualifications Ph.D. Duke University, Management & Organizations M.Sc. University of Western Ontario, Industrial/Organizational Psychology HBA University of Western Ontario, Ivey Business School   ACADEMIC AND PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE -The Hong Kong University of Science and Techn...

Angela Hall

Angela T. Hall, JD, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the School of Human Resources and Labor Relations at Michigan State University. She received her JD from Florida State University, College of Law and her PhD from Florida State University, College of Business. She has previously been on the fa...

Quinetta Roberson

Quinetta Roberson, Ph.D. is the Fred J. Springer Endowed Chair in Business Leadership at Villanova University, prior to which she was on the faculty at Cornell University. She has been a visiting scholar at universities on six continents and has more than 18 years of global experience in teaching...

Elizabeth Dorrance Hall

Elizabeth Dorrance Hall is an Assistant Professor in the Communication Department at Michigan State University and Director of the Family Communication and Relationships Lab. She received her Ph.D. in Family and Interpersonal Communication from Purdue University. Elizabeth's research focuses on c...

Brent Scott

Professor Scott received his Ph.D. in Business Administration from the University of Florida and his B.A. in Psychology from Miami University (OH). His research focuses on the role of mood and emotions at work, organizational justice, and well-being. Dr. Scott's research has been published in jou...

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