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Women’s Leadership Program Online

Become an effective leader in your organization and leverage your key leadership capabilities to drive business growth.

Women remain underrepresented in top leadership positions, globally. To succeed, women need to learn to both navigate the external factors that are hindering their access to leadership positions and the internal factors that lie within themselves. This online course, the newest in the Women’s Leadership family, provides access to women seeking a more convenient way to empower themselves and advance their organization.

The Yale School of Management Executive Education’s online Women’s Leadership Program helps you develop your full professional potential as a leader in business and society. You’ll enhance your unique strengths, skills and traits, harness your networks, and maximize your innovation potential. In a world that will soon be dominated by artificial intelligence, machine learning, and increasingly complex systems, these skills — and the integrative, collaborative solutions they bring about — will ensure you are poised for success.

Guided by Program Co-conveners Emma Seppälä and Rodrigo Canales, you’ll gain the ability to leverage your core values, networks, and emotional intelligence to effectively lead your teams and propel your organization forward.

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A mentor, who had gone through this experience, convinced me to take this program. What a life-changing experience. I now know myself better. I know and can articulate my core values. I know how to align them with what kind of a leader I want to be. I began this course by describing my emotions on my new leadership role as 'excited and terrified.' After this program, I can say with confidence that I feel excited and have great expectations!

Amarda Shehu

About the Program

What to Expect

  • Develop the skills and knowledge to leverage your unique strengths and characteristics as powerful leadership tools for propelling yourself, your team, and your organization forward
  • Learn to harness relationships, connections, and interpersonal interactions to drive business growth and achieve your goals
  • Create a self-development plan that will help you identify your strengths and guide you towards future growth and success
  • Join a cohort of diverse women seeking to add value to their organizations

Who Should Attend

Built for women in mid to senior-level leadership positions and those who support them. Relevant to corporate, non-profit, and government leaders.

Agenda

  • Orientation Module
  • Module 1: Values-driven leadership
  • Module 2: Self-knowledge and self-mastery
  • Module 3: Leading growth through experimentation
  • Module 4: Emotionally intelligent feedback
  • Module 5: Networks and structures of innovation
  • Module 6: Positive leadership

Faculty

Program Co-conveners

Rodrigo Canales
Rodrigo Canales

Lecturer in Organizational Behavior

Areas of Expertise: Economic Development, Emerging Markets, Entrepreneurship, Globalization, Organizational Behavior, Social Enterprise

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Rodrigo Canales does research at the intersection of organizational theory and institutional theory, with a special interest in the role of institutions for economic development. Specifically, Rodrigo studies how individuals are affected by and in turn purposefully change complex organizations or systems. Rodrigo's work explores how individuals’ backgrounds, professional identities, and organizational positions affect how they relate to existing structures and the strategies they pursue to change them. His work contributes to a deeper understanding of the mechanisms that allow institutions to operate and change. Rodrigo has done work in entrepreneurial finance and microfinance, as well as in the institutional implications of the Mexican war on drugs. His current research is divided into three streams. The first focuses on the structural determinants of the quality of startup employment. The second, in partnership with the Hewlett Foundation, explores the conditions under which development policies and practices are built upon and incorporate existing, rigorous evidence. The third, with generous support from the Merida Initiative, explores how to build effective, resilient, and trusted police organizations in Mexico.

Rodrigo teaches the Innovator Perspective at the Yale School of Management; he sits on the advisory board of the Dalai Lama Center for Ethics and Transformative Values at MIT; he spent the 2014-2015 academic year advising the Mexican government on the US-Mexico bilateral relationship; and sits in the Board of Trustees of the Nature Conservancy.

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Emma Seppala
Emma Seppälä

Lecturer, Yale School of Management

Areas of Expertise: Positive Leadership, Emotional Intelligence, Well-being, Social Connection

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Emma Seppälä, Ph.D., is a best-selling author, Yale lecturer, and international keynote speaker. She teaches executives at the Yale School of Management and is faculty director of the Yale School of Management’s Women’s Leadership Program. A psychologist and research scientist by training, her expertise is the science of happiness, emotional intelligence, and social connection. Her best-selling book The Happiness Track (HarperOne, 2016) has been translated into dozens of languages. Seppälä is also the Science Director of Stanford University’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education.

Seppälä’s research has been published in top academic journals and featured in major news outlets like the New York Times, the Washington Post, NPR, and CBSNews. She speaks and consults internationally for Fortune 500 companies like Google and Facebook and contributes to Harvard Business Review, the Washington Post, Psychology Today, and TIME, among others.

A repeat guest on Good Morning America, she also spoke at TedX Sacramento and TEDx Hayward. Her research on breathing for military veterans with trauma was highlighted in the documentary Free the Mind. She is also featured in documentaries like The Altruism Revolution, What You Do Matters, and Bullied.

Seppälä is the recipient of a number of research grants and service awards including the James W. Lyons Award from Stanford University for founding Stanford’s first academic class on the psychology of happiness and initiating other well-being programs for Stanford students.

She graduated from Yale (BA), Columbia (MA), and Stanford (PhD). Originally from Paris, France, she is a native speaker of French, English, and German and conversant in Spanish and Mandarin Chinese.

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Registration Information

Program Details

Registration closes: November 08, 2022
Program starts with orientation: November 16, 2022

There are no prerequisites for this program. Register to get started. Our online program collaborator, GetSmarter, will welcome you and guide you through the steps to secure your place in the program.

Program Fee Assistance

A program fee reduction of 15% is available for those from nonprofits, Yale graduates, small groups of 3+, and those who have previously participated in a Yale Executive Education program with Yale SOM, ExecOnline, or 2U/GetSmarter.

This program does not qualify for veteran financial aid or veterans benefits at this time.

Program Collaborator

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This program is presented entirely online in collaboration with leaders in digital education, GetSmarter, a brand of 2U, Inc. Technology meets academic rigor in GetSmarter’s people-mediated model which enables lifelong learners across the globe to obtain industry-relevant skills that are certified by the world’s most reputable academic institutions. This interactive, supportive teaching model is designed for busy professionals and results in unprecedented certification rates for online courses.

View the Women’s Leadership Program Online on the GetSmarter website.

Modules are released on a weekly basis, and can be completed in your own time and at your own pace.