Yale School of Management

Women's Leadership Program

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


This program has moved to a live online delivery format. Please visit the Women’s Leadership Program Live Online page for more information.


Dates forthcoming


All meals and lodging included—see registration for details.
Location: Yale SOM Campus
Program Fee: $7,000
Contact: Jenna Pettit

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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.

Implementation 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.

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

    Built for women in mid to senior level leadership positions and those who support them. Relevant to corporate, non-profit, and government leaders.

  • Agenda

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

    Pre-program: To prepare for classroom discussion

    • Case Study: “What Makes a Leader?”
    • Leadership Assessments: Decision Making for Leaders and Reflected Best Self

    Day One: Executive Presence

    • Leadership Development for Women
    • Emotional Intelligence
    • Influence and Persuasion
    • Verbal and Nonverbal Communications

    Day Two: Leadership Perspectives and Strategic Thinking Skills

    • The Business Case for Diversity: The Real ROI
    • 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: “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
    • Leveraging Talent in Teams
    • Gender & Negotiations
    • Executive Coaching Sessions in Small Groups

    Post-program: Suggested for further development:

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

  • Faculty


    Faculty and lecturers are subject to change.

    Jim BaronJim Baron

    Professor of Management


    James Baron is Professor of Management at Yale School of Management. His research areas include human resources, organizational design and behavior, social stratification and inequality, work, labor markets, economic sociology, and entrepreneurial companies. Before joining SOM, he taught at Stanford Graduate School of Business from 1982–2006. He was co-director of the Stanford Project on Emerging Companies (SPEC), a large-scale longitudinal study of the organizational design, human resource management practices, and financial and non-financial performance measures of entrepreneurial firms in Silicon Valley. He co-authored a textbook “Strategic Human Resources: Frameworks for General Managers” (John Wiley & Sons, Inc.). His research has been published in influential journals in economics and social psychology and he is a regular contributor to leading sociology and organization journals, such as the American Sociological Review and Administrative Science Quarterly. Professor Baron earned his BA from Reed College, his MS from University of Wisconsin, and his PhD from University of California, Santa Barbara.

    Daylian CainDaylian Cain

    Senior Lecturer in Negotiations, Leadership, and Ethics

    Daylian Cain is a Senior Lecturer in Negotiations and Ethics at Yale School of Management. Prior to joining Yale, Cain was the Russell Sage Fellow of Behavioral Economics at Harvard. He is a former Canadian science scholar, has three master’s degrees (focusing on Industrial Administration, Philosophy, and Decision Theory), and earned a Ph.D. from the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon. Cain has won several university teaching awards and one national teaching award for his courses on leadership, negotiations, and ethical decision-making. Cain likes to say that his work focuses on “why smart people do dumb things.” Fun facts: Dr. Cain’s poker avatar, “Raising Cain,” is one of the final bosses you may face online at “Advanced Poker Training” websites. He has also appeared as a special guest on National Geographic’s TV show Brain Games (Season 2, “You Decide”).

    Zoe Chance Zoë Chance

    Assistant Professor of Marketing

    Zoë Chance, Assistant Professor of Marketing, teaches a popular elective called Mastering Influence and Persuasion at the Yale School of Management. Her research has been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Economist, Scientific American, Psychology Today, Financial Times, and Discover. Her “4 Ps Framework for Behavior Change” is the foundation for Google’s food program, helping 60,000 people make healthier choices every day. Zoë also speaks in companies and conferences around the world and is authoring a book called “Bad Influence.” Prior to her teaching at Yale, Zoë marketed a $200 million segment of the Barbie brand at Mattel, developed an executive education leadership program at Harvard, and acted on stage and film. She received her doctorate from Harvard, MBA from the University of Southern California, and BA from Haverford College.

    Marissa KingMarissa King

    Professor of Organizational Behavior


    Marissa King is a Professor of Organizational Behavior at Yale School of Management. Her research examines social influence, social networks, and team dynamics. Using wearable social sensors, her most recent line of research analyzes the individual and group level behaviors that are necessary to implement changes in the (re)design of organizations. This work highlights the unanticipated consequences that micro-level social networks can have in mediating planned change initiatives. More generally, Professor King’s research investigates the social processes underlying the adoption, diffusion, and utilization of new information. King’s research has been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, and NPR among other media outlets. She received her PhD from Columbia University and her BA from Reed College.

    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, 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.

    Amy WrzesniewskiAmy Wrzesniewski

    Michael H. Jordan Professor of Management


    Amy Wrzesniewski is Professor of Management at Yale School of Management. She has won the IBM Faculty Award for her research, as well as awards for her undergraduate, graduate, and executive teaching. Her research on the meaning of work has been published in a wide range of top academic journals and highlighted in several best-selling books and popular press outlets, including Time, BusinessWeek, Harvard Business Review, U.S. News, World Report, the New York Times, and the Economist, as well as bestselling books such as “Give and Take” by Adam Grant, “Drive” by Daniel Pink, “The Happiness Advantage” by Shawn Achor, and others. Amy has engaged in research projects with several organizations, including IBM, Google, The United States Military Academy at West Point, the University of Michigan Hospital System, Ness Technologies, and Burt's Bees. She earned her BA from the University of Pennsylvania and PhD and MA from the University of Michigan.

    Grace ZandarskiGrace Zandarski

    Assistant Professor Adjunct of Acting


    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.

  • Registration

    This program has moved to a live online delivery format. Please visit the Women’s Leadership Program Live Online page for more information.


    Dates forthcoming

    How do I explain the benefits of the certificate program to my supervisor?
    Download the Sample Justification Letter.

    *PROGRAM FEE Assistance 
    15% off for NON-PROFITS 
    15% off for YALE SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT Graduate 
    10% off for YALE UNIVERSITY Graduate
    15% off 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.

  • Testimonials

    “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


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  • 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