Women’s Leadership Program (2024)

Invigorate your leadership to drive your career forward.

Women continue to face unique challenges in the workplace that can complicate their ascent to higher leadership roles. But this doesn’t dampen their ambitions—they fearlessly seek ways to leap over the hurdles in their path.

Yale’s Women’s Leadership Program serves as a powerful springboard, igniting a journey of self-discovery and professional growth that drives women forward in their careers.

In this immersive, on-campus program, participants strengthen critical leadership competencies that fuel innovation, create more effective team dynamics, and sharpen decision making. Instead of learning to fit a mold, they forge authentic leadership styles that engage their natural strengths and individuality.

Invigorated by fresh ideas, innovative frameworks, and enhanced skills, participants emerge from the program ready to excel as leaders.

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Program Dates

Registration closes: September 13, 2024

Start date: October 21, 2024

Program Details

Length: 4 Days

Fee: $7,400—Fee includes lodging and most meals

Outcome: Strengthen your leadership skills and strategic vision to manage teams, drive growth through innovation, and make sharper decisions.

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Due to high demand, the October program has reached capacity.Sign up to receive updates about next year's programs.

October Program Dates:
October 21–24, 2024

For more information about registration and program fee assistance, please seeRegistration Information section below.

Contact:Joanne Legler, Senior Director of Learning Partnerships

Looking for other programs that prepare women to advance in senior management? Explore ourPrograms to Promote Women page.

I was challenged, inspired, and provided the gift of invaluable connections. I highly recommend this program to anyone who may be craving change, anyone wanting to take their leadership abilities to the next level or wanting to better understand those they lead. The faculty, staff, and content are world-class. This is an investment that will provide you with a significant ROI both personally and professionally. I am forever changed.

About This Program

  • Increase your leadership impact: Leverage new ideas, tools, and frameworks to develop critical leadership skills centered on leading the self and leading teams.
  • Use strategic vision and sharper decision-making skills: Lead growth, manage crises, drive growth through innovation, and make better decisions.
  • Develop an authentic leadership style: Harness insights from self-reflection and external feedback to leverage your unique strengths and lead as your best self.
  • Enhance your emotional intelligence: Navigate high-stress situations effectively with a deep understanding of how emotions influence work performance.
  • Expand your network: Forge meaningful connections with peers who will provide guidance and support throughout your professional journey.

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


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

  • Day One
  • Day Two
  • Day Three
  • Day Four
  • Understanding Your Leadership Impact and Debriefing Your Assessment: Reflected Best Self
  • Emotional Intelligence I: Leading from Within
  • Listening as a Critical Communication Skill
  • Group Executive Coaching
  • Emotional Intelligence II: Connecting to Thrive
  • Influence and Persuasion
  • Experimentation: Fail Early and Often
  • Innovation: The Case of El Bulli
  • Speaking Up Without Freaking Out
  • Decision-Making for Leaders
  • Conscious Accountability


Faculty and lecturers are subject to change.

Faculty Director

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Emma Seppälä


Areas of Expertise: Positive Leadership, Emotional Intelligence, Well-being, Social Connection

Emma Seppälä, Ph.D., is a best-selling author, Yale lecturer, and international keynote speaker. She teaches executives at the Yale School of Management and is faculty director of the Yale School of Management’s Women’s Leadership Program. A psychologist and research scientist by training, her expertise is the science of happiness, emotional intelligence, and social connection. Her best-selling book,The Happiness Track (HarperOne, 2016), has been translated into dozens of languages. Seppälä is also the Science Director of Stanford University’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education.

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Rodrigo Canales

Kelli Questrom Associate Professor of Management and Faculty Director, Social Impact Program at the Boston University Questrom School of Business; former Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior at the Yale School of Management

Areas of Expertise:Economic Development, Emerging Markets, Entrepreneurship, Globalization, Organizational Behavior, Social Enterprise

Rodrigo Canales does research at the intersection of organizational theory and institutional theory, with a special interest in the role of institutions for economic development. Rodrigo studies how individuals can purposefully change complex organizations or systems. Rodrigo's 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. Rodrigo has done work in entrepreneurial finance and microfinance, as well as in the institutional implications of the Mexican war on drugs. His current research is divided into three streams. The first focuses on the structural determinants of the quality of startup employment. The second explores the conditions under which development policies and practices integrate rigorous evidence. The third, with generous support from the Merida Initiative, explores how to build effective, resilient, and trusted police organizations in Mexico.

Rodrigo is faculty director of Questrom’s Social Impact Program. Before, he was Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior at the Yale School of Management, where he taught the Innovator Perspective. He sits on the advisory board of the Dalai Lama Center for Ethics and Transformative Values at MIT; he spent the 2014-2015 academic year advising the Mexican government on the US-Mexico bilateral relationship; and sits on the Board of Trustees of the Nature Conservancy.

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Zoe Chance

Senior Lecturer in Management

Areas of Expertise: Influence and Persuasion, Decision-Making, Behavior Change

Zoe Chance is our resident expert on interpersonal influence. She's a member of the marketing faculty at Yale SOM, teaching the school's most popular elective, "Mastering Influence and Persuasion," as well as workshops for executives around the world. Her recent book,Influence Is Your Superpower, is an international bestseller being published in 28 languages. Zoe earned her MBA from USC and her doctorate from Harvard. Her framework for behavior change is the foundation for Google’s global food policy. Before joining academia, Zoe managed a $200 million segment of the Barbie brand. Now, she uses her influence to help out with the climate crisis and donates half her book profits to that cause. She wants to help you make great things happen too.

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David Tate

Assistant Clinical Professor in Psychiatry, Yale School of Medicine; Lecturer, Yale School of Management

David C. Tate is a licensed clinical psychologist, professionally certified coach, and organizational consultant. He is Principal at Tate Consulting Group, a boutique consultancy that focuses on executive coaching and leadership advising, team design and development, family-owned and closely held enterprises, and promoting healthy organizational development. David has worked with leaders and senior managers in healthcare, financial services, manufacturing, distribution, publishing, media/design, education, technology, and construction.

David is an Assistant Clinical Professor in Psychiatry at Yale University, where he received the 2013 Distinguished Faculty Award. He is a Lecturer at the Yale School of Management, where he teaches within both the graduate and executive education programs. He also coaches global leaders within the Yale Greenberg World Fellows Program. He is an author of Sink or Swim: How Lessons from the Titanic Can Save Your Family Business and the forthcoming book, Conscious Accountability: Deepen Connections, Elevate Results.

David received his BS at Cornell University and his PhD in clinical psychology at the University of Virginia. He completed pre- and post-doctoral fellowships at Yale University before joining the faculty. He earned a Certificate in Family Business Advising from the Family Firm Institute, where he is a Fellow. He is a graduate of the Executive Coaching Academy and has completed additional coaching certification through the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching. He earned the designation of Professionally Certified Coach from the International Coach Federation.

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Registration Information

Program Details

Due to high demand, the October program has reached capacity.Sign up to receive updates about next year's programs.
October program dates: October21-24, 2024

Location: On campus
Program fee: $7,400—Includes lodging and most meals.
Contact:Joanne Legler, Senior Director of Learning Partnerships

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

Yale SOM Executive Education offers a15% reduction in program feefor:

  • those who work in the nonprofit sector. (Apply NONPROFIT code at time of registration.)
  • those who work in government. (Apply GOV code at time of registration.)
  • Yale University alumni. (Apply YALEGRAD code at time of registration.)
  • groups of 3-6 participants.Groups can be from an organization or be self-formed.
  • those who have previously participated in a Yale Executive Education program withYale SOM or 2U/GetSmarter.

Discounts cannot be combined.

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 Benefitspage.

Refunds are allowed for live online and in-person programs if requested in writing to the Yale Executive Education Registrar. The Yale Executive Education Cancellation Terms are as follows:

Request for change in registration/cancellationRefund provided
30 days, or more, prior to Program start date100% Program Fee Refund Provided
15-29 days prior to Program start date50% Program Fee Refund Provided
14 days, or less, prior to Program start dateNo Refund Provided

Yale reserves the right to cancel or reschedule programs if enrollment is deemed insufficient or health and safety would otherwise be jeopardized. Yale School of Management is not responsible for any travel or incidental costs incurred by a registrant if a program becomes cancelled. If a program is canceled by Yale, a full refund of fees paid will be processed within 30 days.

While it is our goal to deliver our programs as scheduled, we may postpone programs, deliver them online, or cancel them. If one of our programs has a scheduling change, we will notify those affected as soon as possible. 

Here are some of our commonly asked questions to help you prepare for the program. For more helpful information, please visit ourParticipant Information page.

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

Where is the program taking place?
The program will be held on campus at Edward P. Evans Hall, Yale School of Management, 165 Whitney Avenue, New Haven, CT.

Where can I make a hotel reservation?
Accommodations at a local hotel are included in your program fee.
For the April program: Check-in will be on Sunday, April 14 and check-out will be on Thursday, April 18.
For the June program: Check-in will be on Sunday, June 23 and check-out will be on Thursday, June 27.

More information about your hotel accommodations will be shared after your program registration is complete.

Am I allowed to record sessions or presentations during the program?
Recording during sessions is not permitted.

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“The program is carefully curated to ensure that learners are exposed to a broad range of exceptional and thought-provoking content. That content is brought to life by the extraordinary faculty—so warm, engaging, insightful, and nuanced. The faculty pull threads from the content and weave them into the workshops—enabling students to interact with those concepts in a way that encourages growth and new perspectives. My time in this program was time very well invested.” – Katie McGohan, Associate Director: CMC Program Management, Regeneron

“Excellent program which facilitates self-discovery while providing practical tools for team growth and leadership. Regardless of position, company, or cultural background, this program enables all and encourages diverse leadership thinking.” – Kate Merrill Balart, Renewable Natural Gas Supply Development Manager, Shell

“Yale's Women's Leadership Program is the ideal program to reflect on the role of women in society and in organizations, emphasizing social skills and organizational behavior to achieve outstanding results while attending to their own well-being and team's development. Without a doubt an invaluable experience.” Diana Jimenez, Solutions Design Senior Manager, DHL

“The Women's Leadership Program is one of the most inspiring programs I have ever attended. The instructors at the 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 will recommend Yale's Women's Leadership Program to all women who are interested in making a change in both their professional and personal lives. The instructors were engaging and provided tools to take back home and use. The energy from women from 11 different countries and backgrounds was an awesome experience that was both motivating, encouraging, and left you feeling that you can make a change!” Carla L. Carroll,Associate Director, Program Management Office, Mount Sinai Health System

“The program has instilled the confidence of leadership in myself. I am excited to start applying the new ideas, skills, and fresh perspectives I have taken away from this program.” Jennifer Cutrali,Vice President, Credit Administration Manager, Fairfield County Bank

“The Women’s Leadership Program at the Yale School of Management is a priceless experience. The sincere work by the faculty and planning team to create a physical and digital environment of inclusivity, the phenomenal and diverse participants, the coaching, and the degree of personalization, made this a truly transformative experience.”– Anonymous

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

“The Women's Leadership Program provided a unique opportunity and a safe space to get honest perspectives on leadership and personal challenges while identifying opportunities and tapping into the power of positivity. Recognizing that we have so much in common despite our diverse backgrounds was a powerful way to build community and commit to elevating our work to grow our impact and confidence in our ability to create change.” – Anonymous

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Women’s Leadership Program (2024)


What is the purpose of the women's leadership program? ›

This training equips women with the tools and knowledge needed to not only succeed, but excel in leadership roles. It fosters an environment where self-confidence is nurtured, assertive communication is honed, and valuable mentorship relationships are forged.

What is the women's leadership Program 2024? ›

Programme Information

Women's Leadership is a six-month modular programme, starting in October 2024. The six modules are a mix of face-to-face and virtual delivery with the first module being 2 days in duration; there will also be a one-day organisational visit and a series of action learning sets.

How much does Yale women's leadership program cost? ›

Women's Leadership ProgramWomen's Leadership Program Online
DatesOctober session: Oct. 21-24, 2024Jul. 17, 2024
Length4 days6 weeks
Time Commitment8 hours per day6 – 8 hours per week
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How do you create a women's leadership program? ›

4 steps to building a women's leadership development program that works
  1. Acknowledge and confront systemic bias.
  2. Encourage women to develop the right leadership style for them.
  3. Emphasize inclusion education every day and everywhere.
  4. Build a formal structure to promote accountability.

What are the benefits of female leadership programs? ›

It can also help build, develop, and retain the female talent pipeline – not only saving the organisation money but maximising business success. Research shows that all-female networking increases the chances of those women leaders being promoted quickly and thriving in their new leadership roles.

How will the leadership program benefit you? ›

You will develop your communication skills, mastering the art of negotiation, influence and conflict management. You will become more confident as a leader and find new ways of influencing the teams you lead.

How much does 1 year of Yale cost? ›

Estimated Cost of Attendance
Tuition and Fees$67,250
books/course material/supplies/equipment personal expenses$1,000 $2,700
Student Activities Fee$125
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What is the most popular program at Yale? ›

The most popular majors at Yale University include: Social Sciences; Biological and Biomedical Sciences; Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services; Mathematics and Statistics; Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies; History; Engineering; Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies; Psychology; and Visual ...

What is girls leadership program? ›

Girls Leadership teaches girls to exercise the power of their voice through programs grounded in social emotional learning. We provide programs for girls, workshops for families, and professional development training for teachers, guidance counselors, and non-profit staff.

How do leadership programs work? ›

Leadership programs are designed to train individuals within your company to take ownership of their jobs and the tasks required of them. Not only does it train people to be greater workers, but greater leaders as well.

Why join a women's leadership group? ›

Think of a professional women's group as a type of “safe space.” Consider the issues of sexism or sexual harassment. In a traditional networking setting, it may be uncomfortable to bring up these topics and seek support. It can even have negative consequences for one's career in some scenarios.

How do you write a personal statement for a leadership program? ›

Focus on writing a narrative of how your experiences shaped your interests. Connect this narrative to the program. Cite the research interests of three of them in your statement. Proofread multiple times and ask multiple people to read your statement.

Why is women's leadership important in today's society? ›

When more women are empowered to lead, everyone benefits. Decades of studies show women leaders help increase productivity, enhance collaboration, inspire organizational dedication, and improve fairness.

What is the mission statement of the women's leadership Network? ›

Women's Leadership Network's Mission

The Women's Leadership Network (WLN) creates dynamic opportunities for students and young alumnae that inspire confidence, build valuable connections, and develop the skills demanded of successful leaders today.

Why do you want to participate in the leadership program? ›

Leadership training programmes can help teach you the essential skills and techniques you need in order to look at challenges from a different perspective. Doing so can add clarity to a difficult situation, and also promotes wisdom and facilitates self-confidence.

What are several benefits of improved representation of female leadership? ›

Higher rates of representation in leadership are associated with a variety of benefits for organizations. Greater gender equity contributes to wider economic benefits, increased productivity, and improved development results. This means that gender representation is beneficial for everyone, not just women.

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