Women’s Leadership Program

Yale School of Management

Yale School of Management


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General Manager from Connecticut 2016

Course quality: good
Instructors: excellent
Other (e.g. materials, infrastructure): very good
Primary takeaway: Coaching session and getting better insight into my leadership style
Things to improve: Refresher courses

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Who should attend

Senior corporate or non-profit women executives preparing for the next level, or who are new to senior management. Women family business professionals preparing for responsibility as CEO or senior management.

About the course

Women face unique challenges in the workplace but they also add unique value and perspective. They shatter groupthink, improve communications dynamics, and reinvigorate companies in ways that make them more competitive. Research shows companies with a critical mass of top-team gender diversity enjoy significantly better financial performance.

Your company can build this competitive advantage by developing women at critical transition points so they stay in otherwise leaky pipelines. The Women’s Leadership Program addresses the leakiest part of the pipeline —the leap to top management.

Online videos pre-program and implementations plans post-program extend the impact of an intensive in-person workshop. Yale faculty will lead a wide range of interactive and experiential learning sessions proven to enhance women’s leadership behaviors. Participants build awareness of decision-making biases, learn how to create high-performing teams, negotiate win-win outcomes, manage crises, understand corporate governance, and create a strong personal brand.

Participants leave with new ideas, skills, confidence, and fresh perspectives to add more value to their company and cascade the benefits of improved diversity across the organization.

What to expect

  • Lead your firm to better enterprise- wide gender diversity: Better understand and explain the quantitative and qualitative benefits of diversity to gain support for change.
  • Use strategic vision and sharper decision-making skills: Lead growth, manage crises, drive growth through innovation, and make better decisions.
  • Improve your leadership skills: Learn different styles to adapt to an individual’s, team’s, or company’s situation.
  • Communicate with power: Develop executive presence with effective verbal and non-verbal skills learned with a Yale Drama School acting coach.
  • Build a professional brand strategy: Articulate your value proposition and create a career strategy to support your goal to work in senior management.


Below is a sample of what you can expect to experience in the Women’s Leadership Program

Pre-program: To prepare for classroom discussion

  • Case Studies: “What Makes a Leader?” and “Deloitte: A Hole in the Pipeline”
  • Leadership Assessment: Decision Making for Leaders

Day One: Executive Presence

  • Leadership Development for Women
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Influence and Persuasion
  • Verbal and Nonverbal Communication

Day Two: Leadership Perspectives and Strategic Thinking Skills

  • The Business Case for Diversity: The Real ROI
  • Problem Framing: Reframing Challenges
  • Leading Growth through Innovation: Fail Early and Often
  • Guest Speaker: A Senior Executive’s View From The Top

Day Three: Leading High Performance Teams

  • Case Study 1: “What Makes a Leader?”
  • Autocrat to Advisor: Decision Making For Leaders
  • Gender and Negotiations: Getting to Yes Collaboratively
  • Crisis Management: Leading Teams Under High Stress

Day Four: Developing a Leadership Style

  • Strategies for Implementing Personal Change
  • Leveraging Talent in Teams
  • Gender & Negotiations
  • Executive Coaching Sessions in Small Groups

Post-program: Suggested for further development:

  • Implement leadership and management strategy
  • Executive coaching development goals implementation
  • Peer coaching


Zoë Chance

Zoë studies persuasion and decision making, working passionately to understand how people can lead happier, healthier, more fulfilling lives. At Yale, Zoë teaches Mastering Influence and Persuasion, advises Center for Customer Insights consulting and research teams, and collaborates with Google a...

Amy Wrzesniewski

Professor Wrzesniewski''s research interests focus on how people make meaning of their work in difficult contexts (e.g., stigmatized occupations, virtual work, absence of work), and the experience of work as a job, career, or calling. Her current research involves studying how employees shape the...

Daylian Cain

Dr. Cain''s research focuses on "judgment and decision-making" and "behavioral business ethics." In other words, he studies the reasons why smart people do dumb things. Cain is a leading expert on conflicts of interest, especially the "perverse effects of disclosing conflicts of interest," and ho...

Emma Seppala

EMMA SEPPÄLÄ, Ph.D, is Science Director of Stanford University’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education and the author of The Happiness Track (HarperOne, 2016). She is Co-Director of the Yale College Emotional Intelligence Project at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, ...

Marissa King

Professor King’s research examines social influence, social networks, and team dynamics. Her most recent line of research analyzes the individual and group level behaviors that are necessary to implement changes in the (re)design of organizations using wearable social sensors. This work highlight...

Grace Zandarski

Received a BA in English from Princeton University, and an MFA from the American Conservatory Theater. Studied voice under Catherine Fitzmaurice and Nancy Houfek. Received certification as an Associate Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework in 1998. Has taught actors and business speakers in New York s...

Jim Baron

James Baron is the William S. Beinecke Professor of Management, with a secondary appointment in the Department of Sociology. Professor Baron’s research interests include human resources; organizational design and behavior; social stratification and inequality; work, labor markets, and careers; ec...

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