Yale School of Management

Women's Leadership Program Online

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


Registration close: June 1, 2021
Course starts: June 9, 2021

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Duration: 6 weeks (excluding orientation), online
Commitment: 6 – 8 hours per week
Program Fee: $2,800
Outcome: Harness your unique skills and access powerful business tools to effectively lead teams and organizations

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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.

For additional programs that prepare women to advance in senior management, please visit our Programs to Promote Women page.

  • 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
    Women’s Leadership Program faculty
    Program co-Covener

    Emma SeppäläEmma Seppälä

    Co-Director, Yale College Emotional Intelligence Project, Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence; Faculty Director, Yale School of Management’s Women’s Leadership Program

    Emma Seppälä is Co-Director of the Yale College Emotional Intelligence Project at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence and is a Lecturer at Yale College. She is also Faculty Director of the Yale Executive Education Women’s Leadership Program, and Science Director of Stanford University’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education. Seppälä is the author of The Happiness Track. Her research focus includes positive leadership, happiness at work, social connection, and well-being. Her articles have been featured in the Harvard Business Review, the Washington Post, Psychology, Business Insider, Forbes, and Scientific American Mind and she is a repeat guest on Good Morning America. Her research on yoga-based breathing for military veterans returning from war in Iraq and Afghanistan was highlighted in the documentary Free the Mind. She has a BA from Yale, MA from Columbia, and PhD from Stanford.

    Program co-Covener

    Rodrigo CanalesRodrigo Canales

    Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior, Yale School of Management

    Canales graduated from Universidad Iberoamericana (BA), MIT (MBA), and MIT (PHD). He conducts research at the intersection of organizational theory and institutional theory, with a special focus on the role of institutions for economic development. Specifically, Canales studies how individuals are affected by and in turn purposefully change complex organizations or systems. Canales’ 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.

  • Registration

    Registration close: June 1, 2021
    Course starts: June 9, 2021

    Register now »

    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 Collaborator

    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 online Women’s Leadership Program on the GetSmarter website.

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