With the number of female corporate officers steadily increasing, why are so few women making it to the top of corporate America? The Kellogg Center for Executive Women and The Allstate Foundation will help women circumvent barriers and take a confident stride toward the highest level of corporate leadership with this women's leadership program. Led by exceptional Kellogg faculty and corporate experts, this executive education program will offer practical guidance and multiple perspectives on leadership development for women.
Individual progress will be emphasized with personalized feedback sessions and a unique leadership assessment tool designed to help you identify and leverage your areas of greatest strength. The structure of the program, four three-day sessions over twelve months, allows you to build relationships, learn and test new ideas, and receive feedback from the faculty and your peers.
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The Center for Executive Women presents the Women's Senior Leadership Program
The curriculum was well-rounded but really focused on practical knowledge that women leaders need to master today. - Paula Loop, Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers
Structured for high-level executives Designed to accommodate the demanding professional and personal commitments of busy executives, the multiple session format provides a more flexible option for participants who want a challenging curriculum without long absences from the office. This program is for corporate officers and other similar-level executives who already have extensive functional skills and want to hone the other skills necessary for obtaining a position at the very highest level of a corporation.
Amylin Pharmaceuticals Aurora Health Care, Inc. Bank of America Booz Allen Hamilton Caterpillar CDW Harris Bank
Johnson & Johnson National Processing Company Norfolk Southern Corporation Starbucks Coffee International Scana Corporation Underwriters Laboratories Unilever Foodsolutions
The Kellogg School of Management’s Center for Executive Women and The Allstate Foundation have developed the Women’s Senior Leadership Program to help talented women break through barriers and become highly effective leaders.
If you are a participant: You will gain the tools and knowledge you need to take a confident stride toward the highest level of corporate leadership. With practical guidance from the Kellogg faculty and corporate experts, you will broaden your perspectives on leadership and become inspired to take on challenges with more confidence.
If you are a sponsoring organization: You will develop invaluable leaders who can ensure the future success of your company. By investing in your employees, you not only enhance their leadership skill set - you also send the message that you believe in them. It is a decision that can help you retain your best and brightest people.
Four Sessions That Can Revolutionize A Career
The Four Sessions
The programis built around four main areas of focus. Each topic is designed to help you improve your personal career, while at the same time delivering benefits to your corporation. You will develop a plan for your long-term success while learning strategies that will deliver immediate results.
Session 1: Gathering Intelligence Any successful executive is familiar with the challenge of gaining unique and relevant information. During your first session at Kellogg, you will learn the value of using networks as a source of intelligence and power. You will also explore how to make effective decisions and sharpen your influence skills. In addition, the Women’s Senior Leadership Program’s 360° assessment and development tool will be introduced and you will use the time between sessions to complete both the self and peer evaluation components.
Session 2: Creating a Context for Success There are many different paths to success, but certain steps are vital for the journey. In the second session, you will learn how to motivate people and polish your negotiation skills. You will also examine the importance of confident self-promotion. You will have the opportunity to discuss your CEW Leadership Tool results, get personalized feedback and begin to formulate an action plan for promotion.
Session 3: Driving Results Effective leaders must be able to drive change through their organizations. Who should be approached first? Who will derail the initiative? What are the best techniques for generating support for a new initiative? During the third session, you will get hands-on practice in addressing these questions. This session will also provide you with feedback on your interpersonal and presentation skills. Other topics in the third session include guidance on dealing with internal politics and the ethical challenges in today’s marketplace.
Session 4: Managing External Constituents Good leaders are able to control the impact of outside influences on their corporations. In the fourth and final session, you will learn to deal with external constituents including stakeholders, Wall Street and the investment community. You will also discover how to use a board of directors as a source of advantage. Finally, you will revisit the results of your 360° assessments, evaluate progress to date and craft plans for the future.
A Window into Personal Leadership: The CEW Leadership Tool A key component of the program will be a leadership assessment that you will use to identify your strengths, avoid derailment possibilities and create personal development plans. Though most corporate executives have undergone leadership assessments, the specific 360° tool employed by the Women’s Senior Leadership Program is unique for several reasons.
First, the feedback is for learning purposes only and will be free of the internal political biases that often affect appraisals done within a company.
More importantly, in customizing each participant’s personal development strategy, the program’s coaches emphasize a perspective specific to the experience of female executives, paying close attention to the differences and challenges facing women as they navigate the business world.
In addition to personalized feedback sessions, the program content will be customized to each group’s needs based on their results. A follow-up assessment midway through the program will help assess progress and identify opportunities.
The overall goal of the CEW Leadership Tool is to help you learn how to leverage your strengths and advance your career.
Creating a Context for Success
Managing External Constituents
What are the admissions criteria? An admissions committee thoroughly reviews each application and considers the nature and scope of the applicant’s responsibilities. For the benefit of the class, sponsoring organizations, and the program, the committee seeks to admit people with comparable management responsibilities who have diverse skills and experiences.
Although there are no formal educational requirements, applicants must be proficient in English in order to comprehend the reading materials and to contribute meaningfully to classroom and study group discussions.
It is expected that participants will immerse themselves completely in the experience and be free of all other duties. Participants are expected to attend all sessions.
What is the best way to apply? Both an online application and a mail-in application are available on our web site at wslead.kellogg.northwestern.edu. Class size is limited to maximize classroom and study group participation, so early application is encouraged. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and are reviewed upon submission until the program fills.
Will participants get a Certificate? The Kellogg School of Management awards a certificate upon the successful completion of the Women’s Senior Leadership Program.
What is the fee? The fee for the program is payable in U.S. dollars and covers tuition, class materials, accommodations, and most meals, coffee breaks, and receptions. Payment is due upon receipt of invoice. Enrollments in Kellogg programs are highly competitive, and places will not be guaranteed until your payment is received.
It is expected that applicants have their own health insurance valid in the United States. The University is not responsible for medical expenses incurred by participants during the program.
What if participants have to cancel? Because attendance at a Kellogg School executive program requires significant advance preparation and demand often exceeds capacity, it is important that you contact us in a timely manner if you must cancel or defer attendance. To receive a full refund of tuition, notice of cancellation must be received more than 30 days in advance of the program start date. Participants who cancel less than 30 days in advance will not receive a refund but may nominate an acceptable substitute or attend a future session of the same program within one year.
Victoria Medvec - Academic Director; Adeline Barry Davee Professor of Management & Organizations; Executive Director of the Center for Executive Women
David Austen-Smith - Senior Associate Dean: Faculty and Research; Peter G. Peterson Chair in Corporate Ethics
Michelle L. Buck - Clinical Professor of Management & Organizations;
Director of Leadership Initiatives
Daniel Diermeier - IBM Professor of Regulation and Competitive Practice; Director of the Ford Motor Company Center for Global Citizenship
Kenneth W. Taylor - Partner, Egon Zehnder International: Managing Partner, Board Practice Group
Leigh Thompson - J. Jay Gerber Professor of Dispute Resolution & Organizations; Director of Kellogg Team and Group Research Center; Professor of Psychology, Weinberg College of Arts & Sciences (Courtesy)
Brian Uzzi - Richard L. Thomas Professor of Leadership and Organizational Change;
Professor of Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences, McCormick School (Courtesy);
Professor of Sociology, Weinberg College (Courtesy);
Co-Director, Northwestern Institute on Complex Systems (NICO)
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