Yale School of Management

Women's Leadership Program Live Online

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


Each program is 6 days of 5 – 6 hours of live, interactive online learning spread over two weeks

September 28 - 30 and October 5 – 7, 2021

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Location: Live Online
Program Fee: $5,600
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 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.
    • 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 Live Online.
    Content and schedule are subject to change.

    Day One:

    • Reflected Best Self
    • Emotional Intelligence: Leading from Within
    • Knowing Your Voice

    Day Two:

    • Emotional Intelligence: Connecting to Thrive
    • Giving & Receiving Feedback

    Day Three:

    • Influence and Persuasion
    • The Real Art of the Deal

    Day Four:

    • Decision Making for Leaders

    Day Five:

    • Experimentation: Fail Early and Often
    • Innovation

    Day Six:

    • Making Real Change
  • 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


    Each program is 6 days of 5 – 6 hours of live, interactive online learning spread over two weeks

    September 28 - 30 and October 5 – 7, 2021

    Register »


    Location: Live Online
    Program Fee: $5,600
    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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    NONPROFIT – 15% reduction in program fee for those who work at a nonprofit
    YALEGRAD – 15% reduction in program fee for Yale University or Yale School of Management graduates

    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

    “Any expectation you have for this program will be exponentially exceeded. From the content, to the people, both in staff and participants alike, the knowledge and connections you gain will make a huge impact. I left the program feeling inspired, grateful, and ready to make a change!” – Stephanie C., WLP Live Online, February ‘21

    “This is an excellent opportunity to gain knowledge and tools on positive leadership, of self and others. It provides a safe place for women leaders to share experiences and learn/grow together while building personal networks for the future.” – WLP Live Online, February ‘21

    “This program was empowering, intellectually challenging, and immensely rewarding in terms of the expertise of the professors, content, and lasting bonds formed among the cohort. The entire experience was one I’ll reflect on for years to come and will enhance my already advanced leadership capabilities. Even though the program had to shift to online due to the global pandemic, every consideration was made to ensure the experience was as collaborative, challenging, and rewarding as the on-campus program. Every aspect of the program exceeded my expectations.” – WLP Live Online, September ‘20

    “I will recommend Yale’s Women’s Leadership Program to all women who are in management positions, who want to mark their space in an organization and who wish to acquire the necessary skill set to become inspirational leaders.” – Patriza M., WLP Live Online, September ‘20

    “I wish I could take this every year! Though I would have loved to participate in-person, the faculty and staff really made the live online version close to the real thing.” – Shannon K., WLP Live Online, September ‘20

    “Yale’s Women’s Leadership Program helped me hone my leadership skills. The content was tailored for women leaders and sessions were highly engaging. I was awed by the faculty expertise and quality of instruction. I highly recommend this to all emerging women leaders.” – WLP Live Online, September ‘20

    “I highly recommend this program for aspiring women leaders looking to get a seat at the table! The program is extremely well-structured and addresses pertinent issues that women leaders grapple with in their careers.” –Addy U., WLP Live Online, September ‘20