Women, Inclusion and Diversity

Executive Leadership Certificate Program for Women, Inclusion and Diversity

Program vision

We accelerate the elevation of women to leadership roles and empower them to lead inclusively in a diverse business work environment.

​Is this the right program for me?

We have meticulously designed this program for women who currently serve in middle, senior or director-level management roles and those with 10 or more years of experience who aspire to executive level positions.

Download and complete this self-assessment to explore if this program is right for you.

If you need any assistance downloading or filling out this form please email dawnroe@uw.edu

Design pillars

Unique leadership curriculum

The program curriculum is based on the most up-to-date research in psychology and management and provides practical tools to empower and accelerate women in leadership. The Academic Director, Dr. Sophie Leroy, is a world-class scholar whose research has been featured in national media. She combines an academic career with the experience of leadership positions in the financial and consulting industries.

Personalized leadership development plan with coaching

Coaching is an integral part of the program. You will apply targeted self-assessments to identify your individual development focus areas and enhance your leadership style. A coach will help you use the data to support the creation of your career strategy and leadership development plan.

Direct learning from women in the C-Suite

Executive women who have successfully entered the C-Suite will share their stories, actionable insights, and model the way with practical tips and techniques you can use to advance to the executive level.

World-class experts and faculty

The program brings together professors from all across the University of Washington. A coalition of targeted experts and executives from collaborating organizations will share knowledge, experience, and explore avenues that will help you navigate your success.

A powerful community

The program enables you to identify and cultivate a team of allies, mentors, executive sponsors and peers to support your advancement. Join a group of motivated participants and powerful alumni who will be interested in your success.

Learning outcomes

Infographic: Empowering and advancing women in leadership steps 1-4: 1: Know how to drive results and positive impact, 2: acquire tools to be a respected and influential leader, 3: build confidence in your authenticty, 4: take charge of your career

Drive results and impact

  • Know how to establish, manage and lead high-performing teams.
  • Know how to empower others.
  • Lead organizational change initiatives effectively. 
  • Understand and apply research-based insights to your decision-making.
  • Manage conflict, giving and receiving feedback, and communication.

Become a respected and influential leader

  • Identify leadership strategies to overcome unconscious bias.
  • Develop your understanding of power and influence.
  • Effectively use your voice and polish your executive presence.
  • More effectively negotiate for your point of view, for your advancement, and to achieve business success.
  • Navigate organizational politics
  • Acquire tips to manage difficult conversations.
  • Apply a deep understanding of diversity and inclusion to your leadership practice.
  • Encourage and influence a collaborative partnership to advance women to the executive levels and the boardroom within your organization.

Build authenticity and resilience

  • Enhance your self-awareness.
  • Gain clarity about your leadership values and principals.
  • Gain insights into your own behaviors.
  • Develop your own executive presence.
  • Apply concepts in risk-taking, courage, and resilience to your leadership practice, to help you get back on track when derailed.
  • Expand your ability to juggle multiple priorities.
  • Address work-life integration and manage your energy.

Take charge of your career

  • Develop a personal career strategy and plan that supports your advancement.
  • Know the “rules of engagement” at the different levels of leadership.
  • Identify executive sponsors who will support your advancement.
  • Learn about corporate board governance.
  • Chart actions that are necessary to be on a board.
  • Expand your network and community of support. 

Program details

Program schedule

Over a six month period, you will attend 10 intensive in-person day sessions (split into five, two-day sessions) and three evening sessions. You must commit to attending a reflection session on August 23, 2019 to present your progress (i.e., actuals vs. plan). There is an expectation of continual involvement with future cohorts in a mentorship capacity.

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.
Friday August 23, 2019 6 Month Review and Follow Up Session and Lunch ​9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Is this a certificate program?

Participants will receive a Certificate in Executive Leadership from the University of Washington, for successful completion of the Executive Leadership Development Program for Women, Inclusion, and Diversity. To obtain a certificate, participants much complete all program work and attend all program sessions.

The program concludes with a gala graduation dinner that includes participants and executive sponsors.

How do we have a conversation about this program?

Please reach out to Program Director, Ms. Dawn Roe at:
dawnroe@uw.edu or 425-352-3810.

Fill out our Interest/inquiry form, and we'll contact you to see if we can answer any questions for you.

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Registration details

How to register?

Save 20% by registering early:

Registration Fee (through 3 p.m. June 15, 2018): $12,750
Registration Fee (after 3 p.m. June 15, 2018):       $15,950

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

We work with corporate HR departments to facilitate tuition reimbursement.

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Are you ready to join the program?  Register here


You will need:

  • Brief essay about why you would like to attend this program and what you hope to achieve as a result of attending
  • CV or resume
  • Optional: Up to two letters of recommendation (please attach in one document with your CV)

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