Executive Leadership Certificate Program for Women, Inclusion and Diversity

Executive Leadership Certificate Program for Women, Inclusion and Diversity

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. Participants learn about 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. They 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.

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. Participants will take several self-assessments to increase their self-awareness and receive coaching to support their success. Key executives, as well as women who have successfully entered the executive suite, will support learning as guest speakers and presenters to model the way and provide insights. Participants will identify and cultivate a team of allies, mentors, executive sponsors and peers to support their advancement. Participants will receive a reflection journal and a toolkit to support the work they will do in the program.

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

September 9, 2018 Evening - Kick Off Event
September 10-11, 2018
October 18-19, 2018
October 19, 2018 - Executive Sponsor Dinner
November 15-16, 2018
January 9-10, 2019
February 25-26, 2019
February 26, 2019 Evening Session - Graduation Dinner


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

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

Seeking approval to attend this program from your supervisor or training department? View our letter template and modify the text before sending in your request to attend.

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


Corporate Partners


Advisory Board


Corporate Partners


Advisory Board


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