Women's Leadership Program

Join forces with Yale to prepare for a successful transition to senior leadership


June 25 – 28, 2019
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September 24 – 27, 2019
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All meals and lodging included – see registration for details.
Location: Yale SOM Campus
Investment: $7,000
Contact: Jenna Pettit
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Counts towards 4 Certificate of Excellence in Global Business credit days.

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, drive innovation, and create an authentic leadership style.

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.

In response to the great success of this program, we will be delivering it quarterly at Yale.

  • 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 an authentic leadership style: Articulate your value proposition and create a career strategy to support your goal to work in senior management.

  • 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.

  • Curriculum

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

    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

    • Inclusive Leadership: Leveraging Talent in Teams
    • 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
    • Case Study 2: “The Deloitte Case: A Hole in the Pipeline”
    • Executive Group Coaching Sessions

    Post-program: Suggested for further development:

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

  • Faculty


    Emma SeppalaFaculty Director: Emma Seppälä, Ph.D,

    Co-Director of the Yale College Emotional Intelligence Project at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence and a Lecturer at Yale College.


    She is also the Science Director of Stanford University’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education and the author of The Happiness Track (HarperOne, 2016). Her research focus includes positive leadership, happiness at work, social connection and well-being.


    She consults with Fortune 500 leaders and employees on building a positive organization. She has spoken at TedX Sacramento, TEDx Hayward, and companies like Google, Apple, Facebook, Bain & Co, Ernst & Young, and a United States Congressional Hearing. Her articles have been featured in Harvard Business Review, The Washington Post, QUARTZ, Business Insider, Stanford Medicine, Psychology Today, Fast Company, Forbes, Huffington Post, MindBodyGreen, Greater Good Science Center, and Scientific American Mind. She is the founder and editor-in-chief of Fulfillment Daily, a popular news site dedicated to the science of happiness.


    Her work and research have been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, The Boston Globe, The Atlantic, VOGUE, ELLE, CBSNews, Oprah Magazine, Fast Company, U.S. World and News Report, Forbes, Cosmopolitan, Inc, Huffington Post, ABC News, Business Insider, SELF, GLAMOUR. She is a repeat guest on Good Morning America and has also been featured in ABC News, Fox News, Huffington Post Live and TIME/MONEY and is featured in the documentary film The Altruism Revolution and What You Do Matters. Her research on yoga-based breathing for military veterans returning from war in Iraq and Afghanistan was highlighted in the documentary Free the Mind as well as Amy Cuddy’s New York Times bestselling book Presence and Representative Tim Ryan’s book Mindful Nation. She 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 teaching 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 is conversant in Spanish and Mandarin Chinese.

    Jeffrey Sonnenfeld

    Senior Associate Dean for Leadership Studies; Lester Crown Professor in the Practice of Management; Founder and CEO of the Chief Executive Leadership Institute


    Professor Sonnenfeld served as full tenured professor at Emory's Goizueta Business School for a decade and a professor at the Harvard Business School for a decade, and is currently the senior associate dean of leadership programs as well as the Lester Crown Professor in the Practice of Management for the Yale School of Management, as well as founder and president of the Chief Executive Leadership Institute, a nonprofit educational and research institute focused on CEO leadership and corporate governance. 


    Professor Sonnenfeld's related research has been published in 100 scholarly articles which appeared in the leading academic journals in management such as Administrative Sciences Quarterly, the Academy of Management Journal, the Academy of Management Review, the Journal of Organizational Behavior, Social Forces, Human Relations, and Human Resource Management. He has also authored eight books, including The Hero's Farewell, an award-winning study of CEO succession, and another best seller, Firing Back, a study on leadership resilience in the face of adversity.

    Amy Wrzesniewski

    Michael H. Jordan Professor of Management


    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 their interactions and relationships with others in the workplace to change both their work identity and the meaning of the job.

    Zoë Chance

    Assistant Professor of Marketing


    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 and Optum Health.

  • Registration

    June 25 - 28, 2019
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    September 24 – 27, 2019
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    How do I explain the benefits of the certificate program to my supervisor?
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    15% discount for NON-PROFITS 
    15% discount for YALE SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT Graduate 
    10% discount for YALE UNIVERSITY Graduate
    15% discount for 4 or more people

    For more information,  please contact jenna.pettit@yale.edu.

    Yale School of Management is proud to offer funding support for veterans interested in this program. For more information about financial aid options and eligibility please visit the Executive Education Veterans Benefits page.


Women in the Global Workforce: Patterns and Trends

  • 2017 Survey Results

    Why do women remain underrepresented in business leadership roles? Who gets promoted and why? What expectations do men and women have for themselves and their employers? How is technology changing how we work?

    We surveyed over 3500 students and 1500 alumni of the 28* member schools of the Global Network for Advanced Management about their experiences in workplaces in over 100 different countries.

    The report, “Women in the Global Workforce,” presents new insights into factors that contribute to the underrepresentation of women in business leadership worldwide. Read More

    *Saïd Business School, University of Oxford became the 29th business school to join the Global Network after the survey was completed