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 Women in Executive Leadership (WEL) program  is a strategic initiative designed to level this ratio by giving participants an opportunity to develop a competitive advantage. The program does this by: providing 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 or characteristics that may sabotage one's career; providing business training with a focus on both the hard and soft skills essential at the highest levels of leadership; and by developing the indispensable support of networks and mentors.

Program Objectives

WEL is an intensive course that provides high potential individuals with the skills necessary to succeed in executive management positions. The program is designed specifically for highly driven individuals whose goal is to attain executive leadership roles within their organizations, or to achieve the ultimate level of professional success on their own entrepreneurial path.

Led by successful business experts, experienced faculty and leadership coaches, this course employs active learning techniques including case studies and simulations, collaborative tasks, lectures, readings, and participant presentations. All participants are matched with an executive level mentor and are responsible for creating a strategic Individual Development Plan. Networking opportunities and public speaking are an important part of the program.

Now accepting applications for January 2020 cohort. Email Paige Garrido at pgarrido@fau.edu for more information.

Program Focus

  • Female-specific topics: This course explores issues that are specific to women's experience in the workplace; how to recognize subtle gender bias or stereotypes (including one's own pre-programmed biases); and how to successfully overcome hurdles;
  • Decision-making skills: Particpants will gain a "big picture" view of globalization, economics and finance, thus enhancing the decision making process;
  • Merging hard and soft skills: The program teaches participants how to leverage natural abilities to deliver superior strategies and bottom line results;
  • Improvement project: Participants will identify and design an improvement project at their place of employment that will positively impact ROI for the organization;
  • Networking: The course enables building a cohort network-for-life;
  • Mentoring: Participants are paired with accomplished mentors who guide them through the process of building an Individual Development Plan.

SPRING 2020 Instructional Schedule

January 11, 2020 - Leadership, Risk, and Opportunity: Pamela Keith

In this session, participants will gain an overview of leadership as we understand it in today's world. We will explore women's roles as leaders and recognize that subtle 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 how risk-taking plays into leadership and they will identify individual goals that they intend to achieve as a result of this course.

January 11, 2020 - 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. 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.

February 1, 2020 - Leadership and Motivation: 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. 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.

February 22, 2020 - 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. Additionally, we will discuss communication that either enhances or sabotages women's advancement in the workplace and tools for better negotiation

March 14, 2020 - 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 4, 2019 - 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. This session will explore core concepts that all leaders must understand for key decision-making within their organizations.

April 4, 2020 - 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 18, 2020 - Rising to the Top: Dr. Siri Terjesen

All leaders understand that "who you know" matters and that getting people to want to help you succeed is crucial for career success. "Rising to the Top" is led by Dr. Terjesen, whose work on strategic entrepreneurship, international management, corporate governance, and gender in management, has been published in leading journals. This session will help participants understand the importance of networking for career success. Participants will 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.

April 18, 2020 - 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.


Women in Executive Leadership Program

Program Details

  • January 2020 dates:January 11, February 1, February 22, March 14, April 4, April 18
  • 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, complete the Statement of Interest on the red button above, or contact Paige 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