Yale-HEC Women's Leadership Program Paris

Yale School of Management

Yale School of Management


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Who should attend

Senior corporate or non-profit women executives based in Europe or whose responsibilities include overseeing team from diverse regional backgrounds 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

Across the globe, women are underrepresented in business leadership roles and face unique challenges while advancing in their professional careers. Research shows companies, in the U.S. and oversees alike, with a critical mass of top-team gender diversity enjoy significantly better financial performance. Women executives propel companies forward by encouraging diversity of thought and by surfacing new and challenging ideas. Their organizations are more transparent and the intensity of innovation is increased.

Women who are executives based internationally or who lead worldwide teams encounter specialized dynamics and environments. The Yale School of Management and HEC Paris developed a course that pairs the relevant strengths and expertise of both schools to help rising leaders successfully overcome these challenges.

World-renowned faculty from both schools will lead a wide range of interactive and experiential learning sessions proven to enhance women’s leadership behaviors. Participants strengthen cross-cultural communication skills, learn how to create high-performing teams, understand how to use and manage networks, develop as a thoughtful leader, drive innovation, and create an authentic leadership style.

Participants leave connected to a global network of like-minded women who share a passion for leadership, diversity, and innovation.

The Yale-HEC Women’s Leadership Program was inspired by the magic and history of Yale’s New Haven-based Women’s Leadership Program . Launched in 2016, Yale’s Women’s Leadership Program prepares women for the responsibilities of senior management through rigorous management training and mindful leadership development. As a result of the program’s popularity it now is offered quarterly.

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.
  • Reinvent your business model: Explore new ways to approach business models through innovation and strategy.
  • Improve your leadership skills: Learn different styles to adapt to an individual’s, team’s, or company’s situation.
  • Build an authentic leadership style: Articulate your value proposition and create a career strategy to support your goal to work in senior management.
  • Connect to Yale and HEC: Build your network with leaders across France and the world as you join the Yale family.


Below is a sample of what you can expect to experience in the Yale-HEC Women’s Leadership Program. Content and schedule are subject to change.

Day One

  • Leadership Assessment: Becoming Your Best Self
  • Emotional Intelligence at Work
  • Decision Making for Leaders I & II
  • Guest speakers

Day Two

  • Optimizing Your Network for Your Goals
  • Building Women-Led Teams
  • Women’s Mentors, Sponsors, & Peers
  • Understanding Social Networks

Day Three

  • Innovation: Fail Fast & Often
  • Organizing for Innovation
  • Cross-cultural Communications
  • Offsite Visit

Day Four

  • Creating High Performing Teams I & II
  • Cross-cultural Communications


Laurence Lehmann Ortega

After graduating from HEC (1993), Laurence first worked as a consultant in strategy. She then joined Sup de Co Montpellier (France) as a Director of Graduate and MBA programs. Since 2009, she is an Afliate Professor at HEC Paris Strategy and Business Policy department. She is director of several ...

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...

Jeremy Ghez

Affiliate Professor, Economics and Decision Sciences, HEC Paris Center for Geopolitics Jeremy Ghez, Affiliate Professor, Economics and Decision Sciences. Professor Ghez is Co-Director, HEC Paris Center for Geopolitics He is the scientific director of the Sustainable and Social Innovation (SASI) ...

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