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.

Program Objectives

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.

Now accepting applications for August 2019 cohort. Email Paige Garrido at pgarrido@fau.edu for more information.

Program Focus

  • 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.

Instructional Schedule*

January 12, 2019 - 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.

January 12, 2019 - 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.

February 2, 2019 - Communication: Marcy Krugel & 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. Aditionally, we will discuss communication that either enhances or sabotages women's advancment in the workplace. Participants will learn how to deliver bad news, resolve conflict and tools for better negotiation.

February 23, 2019 - 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. 

March 16, 2019 - Strategy and Innovation: Nina Segura

Business strategy is a commitment to a set of coherent, mutually reinforcing plans 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.

April 6, 2019 - Decision Making...Dollars & Sense: Dr. Monica Escaleras, Dr. Ting Levy, Dr. Joel Dicicco, Dr. Lotus Seely, & Dr. Sofia Johan

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. Additionally, major concepts in accounting and finance will be discussed. 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.

April 27, 2019 - Entrepreneurship: Dr. Kevin Cox

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. 

April 27, 2019 - Moving Forward with Courage: 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. 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

Program Details

  • August 2019 Dates: August 24, September 14, October 5, October 26, November 16, December 7, 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.
  • To apply, send your resume and cover letter to Paige Pavlik Garrido at pgarrido@fau.edu.

Contact Us

Paige Pavlik Garrido
Assistant Director, Corporate Training & Talent Development

phone: (561) 297-4819
email: pgarrido@fau.edu
map: BU 86 203