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Women's Leadership Suite

Fast-track your leadership journey with our suite of women's leadership programs—designed to transform, inspire, and elevate.

Despite progress, women leaders still face a number of unique challenges in the workplace. The Yale School of Management Women's Leadership Suite incorporates three comprehensive programs that aim to address this gap by empowering women leaders to overcome barriers and become catalysts for change.

This transformative suite of women’s leadership programs will equip you with a robust toolkit for success. Learn to leverage your strengths, forge valuable connections, and craft a personalized development plan. Gain practical skills like driving business growth and navigating internal challenges.

When you embark on this journey, you’ll join a diverse cohort of ambitious women, build a supportive network, gain insights from different perspectives, and learn how to inspire the next generation of leaders.

Invest in your future by discovering your leadership potential and equipping yourself with essential skills. You’ll earn a certificate of participation from the Yale School of Management Executive Education as you complete each section of the program as proof of your newly acquired skills and knowledge, showcasing your commitment to growth. 

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About the Program

What to Expect

  •  A transformational journey to become a catalyst for change in the business world
  • A comprehensive toolkit for personal, team, and organizational success
  • The skills to leverage relationships, connections, and interpersonal skills for business growth
  • An opportunity to learn from diverse perspectives and forge lasting connections
  • A personalized self-development plan
  • Interaction with a diverse cohort of ambitious women,  and valuable connections and insights 
  • Senior leaders, including professionals in C-suite positions 
  • Mid-level women managers 
  • Aspiring leaders seeking to enhance their capabilities 
  • Individuals advocating for women's leadership development 


  • Week 1: Values-driven leadership
  • Week 2: Self-knowledge and self-mastery
  • Week 3: Leading growth through experimentation
  • Week 4: Emotionally intelligent feedback
  • Week 5: Networks and structures of innovation
  • Week 6: Positive leadership 
  • Week 7: Program break and orientation for Section II
  • Week 8: Decision-making for team leaders
  • Week 9: Contextual leadership and decision-making for teams
  • Week 10: Understanding your network
  • Week 11: Leveraging your network
  • Week 12: Leadership in the everyday
  • Week 13: The future of leadership 
  • Week 14: Program break and orientation for Section III
  • Week 15: Reframing power
  • Week 16: Leading with positive energy
  • Week 17: Harnessing your power
  • Week 18: Navigating structures of power
  • Week 19: Growth and power
  • Week 20: The power of the changemaker 


Program Co-Conveners

Emma Seppala

Emma Seppälä

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

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.

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Rodrigo Canales

Rodrigo Canales
Kelli Questrom Associate Professor of Management and Faculty Director, Social Impact Program at the Boston University Questrom School of Business; former Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior at the Yale School of Management

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

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. Rodrigo studies how individuals can 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 explores the conditions under which development policies and practices integrate rigorous evidence. The third, with generous support from the Merida Initiative, explores how to build effective, resilient, and trusted police organizations in Mexico.

Rodrigo is faculty director of Questrom’s Social Impact Program. Before, he was Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior at the Yale School of Management, where he taught the Innovator Perspective. 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 on the Board of Trustees of the Nature Conservancy.

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Heidi Brooks

Heidi Brooks
Senior Lecturer in Organizational Behavior

Areas of Expertise: Diversity and Inclusion, Leadership, Organizational Behavior, Workplace Issues

Heidi Brooks teaches and advises on the subject of everyday leadership: the everyday micro-moments of impact that shape our lived experiences. Creating more courageous communities—especially within organizations—is a particular passion of hers. Dr. Brooks specializes in large-scale culture change projects focused on individual and collective leadership effectiveness in organizations. Interpersonal Dynamics, the MBA elective she has taught for 15 years, is one of the courses most in demand at the Yale School of Management (SOM). Recently, Dr. Brooks pioneered the Everyday Leadership course at Yale SOM, where she first taught the Principles of Everyday Leadership. She has also taught Emotional Intelligence, Power & Politics, Managing Teams and Groups, and Coaching Skills for Managers. Dr. Brooks received her doctorate in psychology from the University of California at Berkeley and a bachelor’s degree from Brown University. A life-long experiential learner, you can find her as a student in classrooms as far-ranging as improvisational theater and immersion language lessons.

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Marissa King

Marissa King
Alice Y. Hung President’s Distinguished Professor, Professor of Health Care Management, Professor of Management, The Wharton School

Areas of Expertise: Analytics, Behavioral Science, Big Data, Business-Government Relations, Ethics, Health Care, Innovation, Organizational Behavior, Organizational Design, Public Health, Social Networks

Professor King’s research examines social networks, social influence, and team dynamics. Her most recent line of work analyzes the role social networks played in the prescription drug abuse epidemic. She is also interested in how to effectively leverage networks to treat opioid use disorders and address the loneliness epidemic. Professor King is the author of Social Chemistry: Decoding the Elements of Human Connection. Her research and book have been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, The Atlantic, National Public Radio, among other outlets.

Michael Kraus

Michael Kraus
Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior

Areas of Expertise: Behavioral Science, Decision-making, Diversity and Inclusion, Ethics, Leadership, Organizational Behavior

Michael Kraus is a social psychologist who specializes in the study of inequality. His current work explores the behaviors and emotional states that maintain and perpetuate economic and social inequality in society. He also studies the emotional processes that allow individuals and teams to work together more effectively. Michael’s research has appeared in Psychological Review, Perspectives on Psychological Science, and Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. He currently teaches Power & Politics and Global Virtual Teams in the Yale SOM core curriculum. Michael is also the director of Yale’s summer internship in organizational behavior.

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Registration Information

Program Details

Registration close: April 02, 2024
Program starts with orientation: April 10, 2024

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

A program fee reduction of 15% is available for those working in the nonprofit or government sectors; Yale University alumni; small groups of 3-6; and those who have previously participated in a Yale Executive Education program with Yale SOM, ExecOnline, or 2U/GetSmarter.*

*Discounts cannot be combined

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

Program Collaborator

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This course is presented entirely online in collaboration with leaders in digital education, GetSmarter, part of edX. 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 online Women’s Leadership Suite on the GetSmarter website.

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