Yale School of Management

Yale-HEC Women's Leadership Program Paris

Tackle the challenges of senior leadership in the global workplace with Yale School of Management and HEC Paris.


Postponed: New program dates coming soon


Location: HEC Paris, 1 Rue de la Libération, 78350 Jouy-en-Josas, France
Program fee: €6.300 | Approximately $7,000 for reference | Special rates available for non-profits, Yale University alumnae, and Yale SOM alumnae
Contact: Anne Bourduge | bourduge@hec.fr
Program fee includes course materials, events, and most meals. Does not include lodging. Lodging recommendations provided on the HEC website.

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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.

  • Who Should Attend

    Senior corporate or non-profit women executives based in Europe or whose responsibilities include overseeing team from diverse regional backgrounds preparing for the next level, or who are new to senior management. Women family business professionals preparing for responsibility as CEO or senior management.

  • 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.

  • Curriculum

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

    Day One

    • Leadership Assessment: Becoming Your Best Self
    • Emotional Intelligence at Work
    • Decision Making for Leaders I & II
    • Guest speakers

    Day Two

    • Optimizing Your Network for Your Goals
    • Building Women-Led Teams
    • Women’s Mentors, Sponsors, & Peers
    • Understanding Social Networks

    Day Three

    • Innovation: Fail Fast & Often
    • Organizing for Innovation
    • Cross-cultural Communications
    • Offsite Visit

    Day Four

    • Creating High Performing Teams I & II
    • Cross-cultural Communications

  • Faculty


    Faculty and lecturers are subject to change.

    Heidi BrooksHeidi Brooks

    Senior Lecturer in Organizational Behavior

    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 Everday Leadership. She has also taught Emotional Intelligence, Power & Politics, Managing Team 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.

    Emma SeppalaFaculty Director: Emma Seppälä, Ph.D

    Co-Director of the Yale College Emotional Intelligence Project at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence; Lecturer at Yale College

    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 Programs Women’s Leadership Program, Science Director of Stanford University’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education, and 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 Harvard Business Review, The Washington Post, QUARTZ, Business Insider, Stanford Medicine, Psychology Today, Fast Company, Forbes, 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 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 has a BA from Yale, MA from Columbia, and PhD from Stanford. Originally from Paris, France, she is a native speaker of French, English, and German and is conversant in Spanish and Mandarin Chinese.

    Jeremy GhezJeremy Ghez

    Affiliate Professor, Economics and Decision Sciences, HEC Paris Center for Geopolitics

    Jeremy Ghez, Affiliate Professor, Economics and Decision Sciences. Professor Ghez is Co-Director, HEC Paris Center for Geopolitics He is the scientific director of the Sustainable and Social Innovation (SASI) Master's program. He is also the Academic Director of the school’s Center for Geopolitics. His research focuses on the United States, on tech giants and on populism. His work has been published in RAND manuscripts and in reviews such as Survival. Jeremy is also a former Research Fellow at RAND Europe and the former Editor of La Nouvelle Revue Géopolitique, a French quarterly. At HEC, Jeremy teaches economics and business environment in the Grande Ecole, MBA and EMBA programs.

    Jeremy received a Master’s in Business from HEC Paris, a Master’s in Economics from the Paris School of Economics, and a PhD from the Pardee RAND Graduate School.

    Laurance Lehmann OrtegaLaurence Lehmann Ortega

    Affiliate Professor, HEC Paris

    Laurance Lehmann Ortega, Affiliate Professor, HEC Paris. After graduating from HEC, Laurence first worked as a consultant in strategy. She then joined Sup de Co Montpellier (France) as a Director of Graduate and MBA programs. Since 2009, she is an Affiliate Professor at HEC Paris Strategy and Business Policy department. She is director of several corporate custom made programs at HEC Executive Education and the academic director of the Msc in Strategic Management. Laurance holds 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. She teaches business model innovation in 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 Strategor, 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.

  • Registration


    Postponed: New dates coming soon.


    Location: HEC Paris, 1 Rue de la Libération, 78350 Joy-en-Josas, France
    Program fee: €7,000 | Approximately $7,750 USD for reference | Special rates available for non-profits, Yale University alumnae, and Yale SOM alumnae
    Contact: Aurélie Lever| lever@hec.fr
    Program fee includes course materials, events, and most meals. Does not include lodging. Lodging recommendations provided on the HEC website.

    Download Brochure »

    By requesting a brochure your information will be shared with Yale and HEC Executive Education and will not be shared with any third parties.

  • 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

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    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.