Women's Executive Leadership: Business Strategies for Success

The Wharton School

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  • 5 days
  • in person

The Wharton School

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Who should attend

Women’s Executive Leadership: Business Strategies for Success is best suited for executives and high-potential women who are transitioning into senior management roles within a large corporation or women entrepreneurs who are taking on a broader leadership role as their company grows.

The program is designed for women executives who:

  • Have 10 or more years of experience
  • Have titles ranging from manager or director to vice president, and also consultant and business owner
  • Work in a wide range of industries
  • Aspire to more senior levels of management
  • Seek to enhance their professional influence

Participants leave the program with an expanded peer network, plus specific tools and frameworks they can use to enhance their leadership impact within their organization.

About the course

From glass ceilings and work-life balance to “leaning in” and office politics, female executive leaders face numerous challenges. As they ascend the corporate ladder and take on greater management responsibilities, women executives need to do so with a full understanding of the dynamics involved.

Women’s Executive Leadership: Business Strategies for Success is an executive leadership program for women that features the latest Wharton faculty research in work motivation and engagement, career development, internal coaching, emotional intelligence, and women in leadership roles. Participants will gain invaluable insight into their personal leadership style and career strengths, and master the building blocks of business acumen.

Program Experience

Highlights and Key Outcomes

In Women’s Executive Leadership: Business Strategies for Success, you will:

In this program, you will learn how to:

  • Reimagine and advance leadership skills
  • Enhance professional influence
  • Improve business acumen by providing a more sophisticated understanding of marketing, talent management, and financial reporting
  • Better understand nuances of negotiations and emotional intelligence
  • Hone critical thinking and decision-making abilities

Experience & Impact

With a dual focus on clarity and confidence, Women’s Executive Leadership delivers sophisticated business and leadership concepts that have immediate and practical application for today’s woman business leader, allowing her to improve her leadership capabilities and advance her career. Participants will come away with a better understanding of how to apply contemporary business theories currently driving their organization and results, while creating a personal plan for their own professional advancement.

Wharton faculty, led by Professor Nancy Rothbard, apply their field-based research and the latest strategic insights to help women leaders find clarity in their careers while mastering key business acumen skills that Wharton is renowned for — leadership, strategy, management, finance, innovation, and negotiation.

What sets this program apart for women executives is its strong focus on business acumen and leadership, combined with a practical approach to developing and honing these strategic skills.

Session topics include:

  • Critical Thinking & Decision Making
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Financial Acumen
  • Leaning In: How Not to Fall Over
  • Leadership & Teamwork
  • Negotiations
  • How Top Women Succeed

Each afternoon, participants will break into small groups to review the day’s learnings and discuss how they can be put into practice back at the office. Wharton faculty and executive coaches oversee the sessions, providing real-time coaching and feedback for effective outcomes, and translating the practicum for participants to take back to the office.

Within this collegial forum, participants will establish the beginnings of a lifelong network of women executives who often face similar decision points and possibilities along their career paths, becoming a rich resource of influential peers.

Experts

Sigal Barsade

Education PhD, University of California, Berkeley, Haas School of Business, 1994; BA, University of California, Los Angeles, 1986 Recent Consulting Research and consulting involve the influence of emotions and emotional intelligence on work behavior, organizational culture and organizational cult...

Mauro Guillén

Mauro F. Guillén is the Director of the Joseph H. Lauder Institute at Penn, a researchandteaching program on management and international relations. He holds the Dr. Felix Zandman Endowed Professorship in International Management at the Wharton School and a secondary appointment as Professor of S...

Nancy Rothbard

Professor Nancy Rothbard received her A.B. from Brown University and her Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from the University of Michigan. She is the David Pottruck Professor of Management and Chair, Management Department, at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. Prior to joining the f...

Brian Bushee

Professor Bushee’s research focuses on the impact of information intermediaries—such as institutional investors, sellside analysts, and the business press—on corporate disclosure decisions and on the stock market pricing of information. His articles have appeared in toptier academic journals such...

Matthew Bidwell

Matthew Bidwell's research examines new patterns in work and employment, focusing in particular the causes and effects of more shortterm, market oriented employment relationships. He has conducted detailed research on the contracting workforce in information technology, publishing papers on how t...

Karen DiNunzio

Karen A. DiNunzio is an independent consultant with over 20 years of experience in leadership and executive development, succession planning, development of high potential professionals, and career management. Her experience includes acting as a process consultant in creating plans for managerial...

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