Kathleen Brush Women in Executive Leadership Program
Women hold 52% of all the professional jobs in the U.S., yet only 5% of CEOs are women. The Kathleen Brush Women in Executive Leadership Program is a strategic initiative designed to level this ratio by giving participants an opportunity to secure a leadership competitive advantage. The program does this by: addressing areas known to hold women back, leveraging soft skills where women have been shown to have an inherent advantage, exploring subjects that are key to a leader’s success in the 21st century, and including the indispensable support of networks and mentors.
The Kathleen Brush Women in Executive Leadership program is an intensive course that will provide high potential individuals with the skills necessary to succeed in executive management positions. The Kathleen Brush Women in Executive Leadership Program is designed specifically for highly driven individuals whose goal is to attain executive leadership roles within their organization.
Led by successful business experts, experienced faculty and leadership coaches, this course will employ active learning techniques including case studies and simulations, collaborative tasks, lectures, readings, and participant presentations. All participants will be matched with a C-Suite level mentor and will also be required to become a mentor to an up-and-coming achiever. Networking opportunities and public speaking are a highlight of the program.
- Female-specific topics: This course explores issues that are truly limiting promotions for women and how to overcome those hurdles; including succeeding at multiple roles at home and at work.
- Forward-thinking global skills: Participants are taught how to decipher global opportunities and threats, and how to leverage diversity and technology to achieve superior outcomes.
- Merging hard and soft skills: The program teaches participants how to leverage natural abilities to deliver superior strategies and bottom line results.
- Theory to Practice: Participants are continually challenged to apply their new-found knowledge to real life situations.
- Networking: The course teaches effective networking skills, and enables building a cohort network-for-life.
- Mentoring: Participants are paired with accomplished mentors, and they will also be taught how to leverage mentors and how to be a mentor.
Global and Historical Perspective: Dr. Kathleen Brush
In this session, participants will face an uncomfortable reality: that gender bias still exists and both men and women are continuing to perpetuate it. Women are not equally represented in positions of power, and their path to leadership is often more complicated than that of their male counterparts. Participants will gain an understanding of the history of women in leadership roles in a global context, how to succeed within existing second generation bias, and how to speed up the pace of change to achieve gender parity in senior leadership positions.
Mentoring & Individual Development Plan (IDP): Dr. Ethlyn Williams
Having a mentor gives you a sounding board for ideas for major decisions and gives you access to your mentor's knowledge and experience. The mentorship component of this program will be discussed in detail. All participants will be matched with C-Suite level mentors and will also be required to mentor a next generation leader. Participants will also begin to build a personal and professional roadmap that will encompass both your desired destination and the steps, experience, and development you will need to make progress on the journey. The roadmap will be an ongoing project throughout the course and will require out-of-class work.
Leadership and Change: Nancy Proffitt
Leadership is less about your needs, and more about the needs of the people and the organization you are leading. Leadership styles should be adapted to the particular demands of the situation, the particular requirements of the people involved and the particular challenges facing the organization. In this session, you will come to understand your leadership styles and how to best leverage for any given situation. This session will also explore change in the workplace and best techniques to stay purpose driven, communicate clear goals, and to provide inspiration.
Strategy and Innovation: Nina Segura
Business strategy is a commitment to a set of coherent, mutually reinforcing policies aimed at attaining a specific goal. Great strategies promote alignment among various groups within an organization; clarify objectives and priorities, and help focus efforts around them. Many leaders fail to incorporate innovation into business strategy and planning. This session will focus on the importance of innovation and including planning into overall strategy.
Economic Literacy: Dr. Monica Escaleras & Dr. Ting Levy
Economic literacy gives leaders a better foundation from which to make decisions that will affect them as consumers, workers, producers, investors, and as citizens. Economic literacy also provides the tools for understanding one’s economic world and how to interpret events that will either directly or indirectly affect oneself and one’s businesses. This session will cover both macro and micro economics in order for participants to understand how outside pressures will affect business decisions and leadership challenges.
Accounting & Finance: Dr. Joel Dicicco, Dr. Lotus Seely, Dr. Sofia Johan
Both accounting and finance play a significant role at the core of every organization. Across public and private sectors alike, it is impossible to operate without knowledgeable and highly-skilled accounting and finance professionals. This session will explore core concepts that all leaders must understand for key decision-making within their organizations.
Entrepreneurship: Dr. Kevin Cox/ Entrepreneurs Panel
The entrepreneurial spirit is important whether you want to start your own business, or simply take your business unit to the next level. This session will encourage participants to be entrepreneurial leaders that find sustainable solutions to economic and social problems. The session will include a panel of successful female entrepreneurs who will share some of their pitfalls and how they were able to overcome obstacles to achieve success.
Communication: Dr. Emily Sacks
Good communication means the intended message is received by the audience without any distortions in meaning. Good communicators are generally superior employees and leaders because their teams understand the task at hand, and get the job done on time and on budget. This session will focus on oral communication; from one-on-one conversations to small group settings or presentations in front of a large audience. Participants will learn how to deliver bad news, resolve conflict and tools to propel themselves forward.
Courage: Speakers Karen Pfeffer & Connie Phelan
Under-representation of women in senior leadership positions is related to the subtle, often self-imposed barriers of fear and risk-aversion. Organizations with few women in senior positions are inadvertently sending the message that being female is a leadership liability and thereby discourage their own up-and-coming female leaders. In this session, participants will learn where their fears come from, and to replace fears with courage in order to break the glass ceiling. This session is highly experiential including an optional walk over broken glass to represent someone who has broken through the glass ceiling and championed her goals.
Kathleen Brush Women in Executive Leadership Program
- Dates: January 12, February 2 & 23, March 16, April 6 & 27, 2019
- Time: 8:30am – 4:30pm
- Hours: 60-65 Hours – PDUs
- Sessions: 6 full day sessions plus online component and out of class assignments
- Location: Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton Campus
- Fee: $2,750 – Includes materials, lunch and parking. Partial scholarships are available. For more information, contact Paige Pavlik Garrido at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- To apply, send your resume and cover letter to Paige Pavlik Garrido at email@example.com.