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Yale-HEC Women's Leadership Program Paris

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.

About this program

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.

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.


Day One
  • Welcome
  • Complex Business Environment
  • The Real Art of the Deal: Gender & Negotiations I & II
Day Two
  • Odyssey 3.14 Business Model Innovation
  • The Keys to Influence and Persuasion
Day Three
  • Reflected Best Self
  • Autocrat to Advisor: Decision Making For Leaders
Day Four
  • Linking Innovation & Sustainability
  • Odyssey 3.14 Workshop


Faculty and lecturers are subject to change.

Heidi Brooks
Heidi Brooks

Senior Lecturer in Organizational Behavior

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

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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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Zoe Chance
Zoë Chance

Senior Lecturer in Marketing

Areas of Expertise: Influence and Persuasion, Decision-Making, Behavior Change

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Zoë Chance helps smart people become more influential. At the Yale School of Management, she teaches a popular elective called Mastering Influence and Persuasion, aka "Doing Uncomfortable Things That Make You a Better Person." Her research has been published in top academic journals like Proceedings of the National Academy of Science and Psychological Science, and covered in media outlets like the New York Times and the BBC. She has appeared on CNN and written for Harvard Business Review. Google uses her behavioral economics framework as the basis for their global food policy. Zoë speaks internationally for Fortune 500 firms and leading NGOs, and her TEDx talk, "How to Make a Behavior Addictive," has over half a million views. Prior to Yale, Zoë managed a $200 million segment of the Barbie brand at Mattel, acted on stage and film, and earned her bachelor's from Haverford College, MBA from USC, and doctorate from Harvard Business School. Her first book was published by Random House on February 1, 2022. It's called Influence Is Your Superpower: The Science of Winning Hearts, Sparking Change, and Making Good Things Happen.

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Jeremy Ghez
Jeremy Ghez

Affiliate Professor of Economics and International Affairs; Co-director of HEC Paris Center for Geopolitics, HEC

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Jeremy Ghez’s research focuses on strategic analysis; international economics; and U.S., European, and Middle Eastern foreign policy and politics. He has also been involved in projects related to political Islam and deradicalization. Ghez received his MA in economics from the Paris School of Economics; his MSc in business from HEC Paris; and his PhD from the Pardee RAND Graduate School. 

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Laurence Lehmann-Ortega
Laurence Lehmann-Ortega 

Affiliate Professor of Paris Strategy and Business Policy, HEC

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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. She is director of several corporate custom-made programs at HEC Executive Education and the academic director of the MSc in Strategic Management.  

Since 2006, she has held a PhD in Management from the University of Aix en Provence. Her research focuses on strategic innovation, especially in incumbent firms in mature and low-tech industries. In this context, she deals with business model innovation as a response to sustainable development constraints and with its consequences in multinational firms, in particular the learning process and the questioning of mental schemes. Laurence co-authored Strategic, the leading strategic management textbook in France (translated into 4 languages). She has also published several articles in reviews and periodicals, such as Long-Range Planning and Management. She is the co-author of "Odyssey 3.14 Reinvent your business model," an original approach combining innovation and strategy.  

Laurence received the 2014 and 2016 Pierre-Vernimmen-BNP-Paribas Teaching Award. 

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Program Dates

May 17 - May 20, 2022

Sessions are held live, in-person, from 8:30am - 5pm CET.

Program Details

Location: HEC Paris, 1 Rue de la Libération, 78350 Jouy-en-Josas, France
Program fee: €5.900 | Approximately $6,750 for reference | Special rates available for HEC alumnae
Contact: Claudia Machado dos Santos |
Program fee includes course materials, events, and most meals. Does not include lodging. Lodging recommendations provided on the HEC website.

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Testimonials from the Yale New Haven Women's Leadership Program

“The Women's Leadership Program has allowed me to gain strength and confidence as a leader." – Anna Carabetta, Fitness Instructor, STAR Studio

“I encourage anyone who is contemplating attending this program to not hesitate and attend! It will be more than you expect.” – D. Jones, Senior Associate Director of Finance & Administration, Yale University

“The Women's Leadership Program is one of the most inspiring programs I have ever attended. The instructors at Yale School of Management are brilliant and engaging. Hands down one of the best executive education programs out there!” – Michelle Oldham, Managing Director, Professional Services, Aquent

“I believe the Women’s Leadership Program strives to create an environment where women can experiment with knowledge. The program is designed so that every woman’s voice can be heard. I felt that I was valued as a person rather than a title.” – Latosha Thomas, Public Affairs Specialist, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Program Partner

Founded in 1881, HEC Paris is one of France’s oldest and most prestigious “Grande Écoles”. Since 2006, it has consistently ranked as Europe’s leading business school. By combining cutting-edge research with teaching excellence, HEC Paris offers a wide array of programs ranging from Executive MBA and Executive Master’s degrees to tailored in-company programs, which account for nearly half its activity.

Over 8,000 executives and senior managers, from highly diverse cultural and professional backgrounds, take its world-renowned Executive Education programs each year.