Women in Technical Leadership

NC State University

NC State University


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Who should attend

  • Early to mid-career women in technical roles aspiring to improve their leadership effectiveness and impact and advance within their current career path
  • Women in fields where they are in the gender minority, including: engineering, software use/development, IT, data science, analytics, supply chain, biotech, and scientific research
  • Identified high-potentials seeking to lead organizational change initiatives
  • Women seeking to inspire others and create influence at all levels of their organization

About the course

Despite more women pursuing careers in science and technology than ever before, an increasing number are also abandoning these fields prematurely. While all aspiring leaders face adversity, men continue to fill the majority of leadership roles in these fields. The resulting gender imbalance has left many ambitious, talented women questioning both their value and long-term viability in their once boldly-chosen career paths.

To combat these challenges, Women in Technical Leadership teaches high-potential businesswomen in STEM fields the specific strategies and tools they need to demonstrate and communicate their value more effectively to key stakeholders, and expand their portfolio of leadership experiences in their field.

Participants will learn skills in negotiation, conflict management, emotional intelligence, design thinking, change management, and more; all directly and immediately applicable to advancing their careers and overcoming the challenges they face as women in science and technology.

Key Takeaways

After this program, you will be able to…

  • Navigate the “double bind” challenge facing women in leadership; that is, If they’re assertive leaders, they may be viewed as domineering and abrasive, thus encountering resistance; if they aren’t assertive enough, they may be viewed as weak making it potentially more challenging to get support within the organization
  • Use emotional intelligence to judiciously yet empathetically manage interpersonal relationships
  • Leverage design thinking principles to drive innovation
  • Understand your personal communication preferences and those of others
  • Identify critical decision points when managing change
  • Outmaneuver typical negotiation traps to which women are often susceptible

Program Sessions


  • What it Takes to Lead in Tech: Reflecting on Challenges and Outlining Program Goals
  • Leading with Emotional Intelligence in Tech Contexts
  • Design Thinking: Innovate You
  • Influencing Organizations and Teams
  • Negotiation and Conflict Skills in Managing Relationships
  • ‘Women Leaders Share’ Leadership Panels
  • Leading Organizational and Personal Change


Beth Ritter

Beth Ritter is a Professor of Practice in the Department of Management, Innovation & Entrepreneurship at North Carolina State University’s Poole College of Management. Prior to joining Poole College, Beth was the SVP Human Resources for Burt’s Bees where she was part of the Management team th...

Leigh Shamblin

Dr Shamblin brings more than two decades of experience in strategic leadership for domestic and international programs in higher education, business, and international service. She most recently served as senior program manager responsible for U.S. support for Kenya programs with IntraHealth Inte...

Myra Moses

Myra Moses is a Program Director with NC State Executive Education. She works with corporate and military clients to facilitate personal and professional leadership development courses. She delivers training that incorporates highly interactive approaches with critical reflection in order to prov...

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