Yale School of Management

Women's Leadership Program Live Online

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


February 2021

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Location: Online
Program format: Live, online sessions
Time commitment: 5 – 6 hours daily plus 3 – 4 hours of pre-work
Program Fee: $4,950
Contact: Jenna Pettit

Women have always faced unique challenges in the workplace. In the last few months, the professional and personal challenges facing women have grown even more fierce. Many women professionals are taking on more teaching and caretaking in addition to simultaneously managing a virtual shift in their careers.

In the wake of historical events, women are rising up across the world as the rocks of their families and the cornerstones of their organizations. 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.

The Women’s Leadership Program Live Online delivers powerful, insightful content in a format that’s accessible. This virtual format allows women to easily engage and authentically connect with like-minded, passionate professionals, even during this difficult time. World-class faculty challenge participants with material to stretch them beyond their preconceived limits and strengthen them in both their professional and personal lives.

There is no better time to empower women than now. There is no better way to empower them than to abundantly prepare them for their journey to senior leadership.

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 finish the program empowered with new ideas, skills, confidence, and fresh perspectives to add more value to their company and cascade the benefits of improved diversity across their organizations.

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

  • 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.
    • 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 Live Online.
    Content and schedule are subject to change.

    Day One: Leading from Within

    • Reflected Best Self
    • Emotional Intelligence

    Day Two: Getting What You Want

    • Hurricane
    • Giving & Receiving Feedback

    Day Three: Innovation

    • Innovation
    • Fail Early & Often

    Day Four: Interpersonal Dynamics

    • Influence & Persuation
    • Gender & Negotiations

    Day Five: Communicating for Success

    • Knowing Your Voice
    • Decision-Making for Leaders (DMFL) Assessment
    • DMFL Self-Assessment Exercise & Debrief
  • Faculty
    Women’s Leadership Program faculty
    Program Director

    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.

    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.

    Heidi BrooksHeidi Brooks

    Senior Lecturer in Organizational Behavior, Yale School of Management

    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 Yale School of Management. Recently, Dr. Brooks pioneered the Everyday Leadership course at 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.

    David TateDavid Tate

    Assistant Clinical Professor in Psychiatry, Yale University

    David C. Tate is a licensed clinical psychologist. His areas of practice in organizational consulting include coaching and leadership development, conflict resolution, team-building, succession planning and promoting healthy organizational development. In his clinical practice, he sees individuals, families and groups around issues concerning health, relationships, and dealing effectively with life transitions. Dr. Tate is a co-author of Sink or Swim: How Lessons from the Titanic Can Save Your Family Business. He earned a certificate in family business advising from the Family Firm Institute, and serves as the facilitator for the National Association of Corporate Directors Connecticut Chapter’s Family Business Roundtable. He also is the co-founder of the Connecticut Consulting Psychology Group. Dr. Tate received his B.S. at Cornell University and his Ph.D. in clinical psychology at the University of Virginia. He completed pre- and post-doctoral fellowships at Yale University before joining the faculty.

    Zoë ChanceZoë Chance

    Lecturer in Management, Yale School of Management

    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.

    Grace ZandarskiGrace Zandarski

    Associate Professor Adjunct of Acting, Yale School of Drama

    Grace Zandarski is a faculty member of the Acting Department at Yale School of Drama where she has taught Voice since 2002, specializing in Advanced Vocal Technique and Text for 2nd and 3rd Year Actors. She has coached numerous Yale Rep and YSD productions. In addition to numerous individual coaching credits for actors appearing on and off Broadway, in film, and on television. Grace has taught master classes for the Lincoln Center Director’s Lab and the Public Theater’s Shakespeare Lab. She was named Associate Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework in 1998 in the first certification program. She was one of the core faculty members of The Actors Center, and The Studio NY, and also served on the faculty of A.R.T./MXAT (Harvard’s Advanced Actor Training Program with the Moscow Art Theatre). In addition to YSD, she also teaches at Fordham University. Her work outside of actor training includes individual business and professional coaching as well as workshops on Voice, Presence, and Improv for Executives. Grace is a member of The Actors Center Workshop Company, Pantheatre (Paris), SAG-AFTRA, AEA, and VASTA. Acting credits include the McCarter Theatre, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Ashland, The Wilma Theatre, and American Conservatory Theatre. Directing credits include the Peer Gynt Project and Chekhov Shorts. Education: M.F.A. American Conservatory Theatre; B.A. Princeton University./p>

  • Registration


    February 2021

    Registration is coming soon. Click the button below to stay informed about new program updates.

    Stay Updated »


    Location: Online
    Program format: Live, online sessions
    Time commitment: 5 – 6 hours daily plus 3 – 4 hours of pre-work
    Program Fee: $4,950
    Contact: Jenna Pettit

    Working from home and in digital environments often comes with a lot of distractions. When possible please limit meetings, calls, and notifications while participating in the program.

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    WLP2020GOTEAM – 15% reduction in program fee for groups of 4 or more people from the same organization
    WLP2020NPO – 15% reduction in program fee for those who work at a nonprofit
    WLP2020SOM – 15% reduction in program fee for Yale School of Management graduates
    WLP2020YALE – 15% reduction in program fee for Yale University graduates
    WLP2020YGELP – 25% reduction in program fee for those who completed the Yale Global Executive Leadership Program

    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.