Women in Executive Leadership Program

The Women in Executive Leadership (WEL) program is a strategic initiative designed to help participants build skills that will foster advancement into executive roles. 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 with a focus on both the hard and soft skills essential at the highest levels of leadership.

Program Objectives

WEL is an intensive course that provides high potential individuals with the skills necessary to succeed in executive leadershp positions. The program is designed specifically for highly driven professionals whose goal is to attain executive 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 collaborative tasks, lectures, readings, discussions and participant presentations. All participants work with a mentor of their choosing to create a strategic Individual Development Plan and an Improvement Plan that will provide immediate ROI. Networking opportunities and public speaking are an important part of the program. Participants beneftit from building strong relationships with other highly-driven leaders. Graduates of the program gain access to monthly mastermind-type sessions.

Program Focus

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;
  • Identify and design an improvement project at their place of employment that will positively impact ROI for the organization;
  • 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.

Application Steps

Click the "Apply Now" button above to complete the Statement of Interest application. Interviews with the program director will be scheduled following receipt of the Statement of Interest. Once accepted into the program, participants will create an account and register. 

Community and Corporate Sponsors

Thank you to our past program sponsors: People's Trust Insurance, The Women's Executive Club and Paradise Bank. 

SPRING Instructional Schedule (Currently Scheduled Saturdays, January 16 thru April 3, 9 a.m. to noon)

This class will be held live online.

January 16, 2021: Introduction - Leadership, Risk, Conflict and Resiliency: Chantal Leconte & Paige Garrido

In our introductory session, you will meet your fellow participants and begin to explore your own understanding of leadership. We will dive into how courage and risk taking, conflict management, and resiliency are part of what it takes to succeed as a leader in today's world. You will explore women's roles as leaders and recognize how they can contribute to effective and successful leadership, especially during times of dynamic change.  You will also identify individual goals that you want to achieve as a result of this course.

January 23, 2021: 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 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.

January 30, 2021: 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.

February 6 & 13, 2021: 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 20, 2021: Communication: Marcy Krugel 

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.

February 27, 2021: Communication: Dr. Emily Sacks

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.

March 6, 2021: Economics: Dr. Monica Escaleras & Dr. Ting Levy

A foundational knowledge of both macro and micro economic theory 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 how outside pressures will affect business decisions and leadership challenges and will explore core concepts that all leaders must understand for key decision-making within their organizations.

March 13, 2021: Strategy and Influence: 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 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.

March 20, 2021: 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. 


March 27, 2021: Power, Politics and Influence: Chantal Leconte

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. 

April 3, 2021: Participant Presentations and Closing Remarks


Program Details

  • Class is currently scheduled to meet online: Saturdays January 16 thru April 3. Any changes due to Covid-19 will be announced as soon as university policy changes.
  • Time: 9 a.m. to noon
  • Hours: 60-65 Hours – PDUs
  • Sessions: 12 Saturday sessions and out of class assignments and meetings with mentors
  • Location: Online
  • Fee: $2,750 – Includes materials, instruction, and any other expenses.
  • 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