Women In Executive Leadership Program

Women In Executive Leadership Program

Women In Executive Leadership Program

The Women in Executive Leadership (WEL) program is a strategic initiative designed to help high potential individuals build skills that will foster advancement into executive roles, or lead their own companies. The program enables participants to take an introspective look at one's own leadership style; highlighting skills and traits that women must leverage to support their professional growth, while also identifying behaviors that may sabotage one's career. The WEL program provides business training that fosters a tangible return on investment.


On Campus
Fall 2024 - Sept. 7, 21,
Oct. 5, 19, Nov. 2, 16,
Dec. 7,
9:00am - 4:00pm
42 Hours - PDUs
4.2 CEUs
$2,750**EARLY BIRD: Register and pay by July 21, 2024 and pay only $2,475!



Participants will:

  • Explore issues that are specific to women's experience in the workplace; including communication styles, negotiation skills, overcoming subtle gender bias or stereotypes (including one's own pre-programmed biases), and risk-taking
  • Gain a "big picture" view of business topics thus enhancing the decision making process
  • Learn how to leverage natural strengths to deliver superior strategies and bottom line results
  • Build a cohort network and ongoing connection with other community achievers
  • Learn from accomplished mentors who guide them through the process of building an Individual Development Plan



In our introductory session, you will meet your fellow participants and begin to explore your own understanding of leadership. We will dive into how our thoughts govern our feelings, actions and results. We will start to focus on recognizing thoughts, behaviors and actions that sabotage or support our careers. We will give a brief overview of topics that will be addressed during the course and you will also identify individual goals that you want to achieve as a result of this course.

Creating your Professional Board of Advisors

All leaders understand that "who you know" matters and that getting people to want to help you succeed is crucial for career success. This session will help participants understand the importance of networking for career success. Participants will analyze their existing networks and create a networking plan that will serve to connect them with career influencers. The session will also explore the importance of women on boards and the status of corporate female leadership going forward.

Mentoring & Individual Development Plan (IDP)

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 identify and secure a senior-level mentor. Participants will also begin to build a personal and professional roadmap (Individual Development Plan) that will encompass both your desired destination and the steps, experience, and development you will need to make progress on the journey. The IDP will be an ongoing project throughout the course and will require out-of-class work.

Leadership and Motivation

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. Leadership communication and motivation will be discussed using the DiSC assessment. This session will also explore change in the workplace and best techniques to stay purpose driven, communicate clear goals, and to provide inspiration.

Communication that Supports or Sabotages

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 focuses on women's communication habits that either sabotage or support success.


Negotiation plays an extremely important role in career advancement. This largely interactive session will teach you how to prepare for negotiation and allow you to role-play an actual negotiation that you can take back to your work environment. The goal of this session is to give you practice being strategic about your negotiation 'asks' and to create immediate ROI for you.

Public Speaking

In this session, we explore the fundamentals to successful public speaking. We address the new paradigm of presenting online, as well as some of the traditional best practices with respect to public speaking. Participants will practice presenting their Individual Development Plans and will receive group feedback to help them prepare for their final class presentation.

Power, Politics and Influence

The concept of power is an integral part of leadership. Effective leaders influence other people’s actions, thoughts, and emotions to achieve a common goal. In this session, we will learn how best to navigate through the organizational politics to effectively influence, motivate, and engage others within the organizational structure.

Strategy and Buy-In

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 recognize the importance of their own influence while setting and implementing strategy. This course will delve into strategy and how to most effectively influence everyone in the organization to ensure maximum buy-in.

Participant Presentations and Moving Forward with Courage

Participants will present their Individual Development Plans to their cohort colleagues. The afternoon will be an eye opening and limit-challenging experience. Karen Pfeffer and Connie Phelan will lead us on an exploration of what "fear" is, what holds us back and how to move forward in courage. Families and co-workers are invited to attend this session, which will be followed by presentation of Certificates and a small reception.


The Women in Executive Leadership Program is an intense certificate program designed specifically for highly driven individuals whose goal is to attain executive leadership roles in their chosen professions. Ideal candidates will display:

  • A high level of dedication to the program as it is a 4 month commitment that entails homework, mentoring meetings, and networking opportunities outside of class
  • A drive to achieve their career goals and bring other highly successful women into leadership roles along with them
  • A commitment to individual personal and professional growth
  • A desire to move past the “stuck” experience that often occurs mid-career
  • Mid- to senior-level professionals, entrepreneurs and community leaders


Paige Garrido

Paige Garrido

FAU Program Director


The WEL program is taught by Florida Atlantic faculty, adjunct instructors and industry experts. Each session is designed to build upon the last, sparking collaborative discussions and introspective awareness of career-limiting habits or behaviors. Each session serves as a springboard to encourage participants to take the next step on their leadership journey.

The program was created and is led by Paige Pavlik, Florida Atlantic University Assistant Director, Corporate Training and Talent Development.



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Paige Pavlik Garrido

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