Executive Leadership Certificate Program for Women, Inclusion and Diversity

Accelerating Women in Leadership and Empowering Them to Lead

Program Vision

We accelerate the success of women in leadership and empower them to lead inclusively in a rapidly changing and diverse business work environment. 

Program Design

The program draws on the very latest thinking, research and practical ideas on how women can be catalysts for their own and their organization's success and help them leverage, navigate and develop their executive skills. The program is delivered through interactive and experiential learning sessions proven to support transformational leadership development over 6 months where participants attend five 2-day intensive face-to-face sessions. Practical application is a key component as is sharing across functions, organizations and industries so in between sessions, participants will have assignments to complete their learning and be actively engaged in the classroom.

Learning Outcomes

The program enables participants to:

  • Understand diversity and inclusion, build self-awareness, develop executive presence, learn to build high-performing teams, develop power and apply influence, make effective decisions, negotiate win-win outcomes, manage crises, understand corporate board governance, navigate organizational politics and communication, and create a strong personal brand.
  • Develop skills that enable them to break through barriers and effectively compete for and achieve top jobs within the organization and to be prepared for success in those roles.
  • Participate in several self-assessments to increase their self-awareness and receive coaching to support their success.
  • Learn from the experiences of established executives, as well as women who have successfully entered the executive suite.  Guest speakers and presenters support learning by providing insights and model the way.
  • Identify and cultivate a team of allies, mentors, executive sponsors and peers to support their advancement.
  • Complete a reflection journal and apply a toolkit to support the work they will do in the program and back at work.

Core Topics Addressed

  • Inclusive Leadership and Gender Intelligence
  • Unlocking Unconscious Bias Inclusive Leadership
  • Navigating The Corporate World: Strategic Career Management
  • Building Alliances, Effective Business Relationships and Building Your Network
  • Executive Sponsorship - Men in Partnership to Advance Women to the C-Suite and Boardroom
  • Collective Leadership and Team Building
  • Cultivating Power and Influence


  • Risk Taking, Courage and Resilience
  • Communication, Conflict and Emotional Intelligence
  • Negotiating for Yourself and Your Point of View
  • Effective Decision-Making
  • Getting to the Boardroom and Boardroom Governance
  • Executive Presence
  • Special Session: Issues for Women in Technology
  • Special Session: Integrating Men into the Mix

Additional Topics Addressed

  • What it takes to get to the executive level
  • Effective Feedback
  • LPI Leadership Practices
  • Emotional Intelligence for Leaders


  • Deepening Cross-cultural Understanding
  • Building Presence and Trust
  • Finding Your Voice
  • Having it All: Work-Life Integration


This program is for women in senior management roles and high potential women with 10 or more years of experience who aspire to executive level positions.


The program brings together top faculty from the University of Washington. We will also involve experts in this area of study. We will incorporate guest speakers who will provide organizational perspective and share their stories. Top executives from partnering organizations, both male and female, will share their insights as well.

Planned Program Dates

Sunday September 9, 2018 Evening Session- Kick-Off Event 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
Monday/Tuesday September 10-11, 2018 Day Session 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Thursday/Friday October 18-19, 2018 Day Session 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Friday October 19, 2018 Evening Session- Executive Sponsor Dinner 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
Thursday/Friday November 15-16, 2018 Day Session 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Wednesday/Thursday January 9-10, 2019 Day Session 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Monday/Tuesday February 25-26, 2019 Day Session 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Tuesday February 26, 2019 Evening Session- Graduation Dinner 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.


Participants completing the work and attending all sessions of the program will receive recognition of their achievement in the form of a Certificate of Achievement from the University of Washington. They will be invited to attend the completion celebration event along with their Executive Sponsor. Faculty and Corporate Partners will be invited to attend this event as well.

Program Evaluation and Return on Investment

In addition to enabling us to gather feedback on each session, after completing the program, we will track participant career growth and organizational metrics over time to measure the program’s success.

Additional Coaching Option

Should participants wish to continue to receive additional leadership development coaching after the program is completed, we can provide it through our network of Executive Master Coaches who will be familiar with the program components and will have participated in the program. Additional coaching may be paid for either by the participant or the organization.

Fee and Application/Registration

Early Registration Fee: $12,750 per registrant- a 20% discount if you register by May 15. 2018

Program Fee: $15,950 per registrant

Application Materials:

  • CV or resume
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • Brief essay about why you would like to attend this program and what you hope to achieve as a result of attending

Application Deadline: 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, August 26, 2018

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Get Your Manager's Approval

If you are accepted into the program, you will receive instructions on how to pay the program fee.


Corporate Partners

Faculty and Speakers

Advisory Board


Corporate Partners

Faculty and Speakers

Advisory Board


For more information, please send an email to uwbexec@uw.edu or call 425-352-3810.