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Women's Senior Leadership Program

Transform the Corporate Landscape

Kellogg Executive
Leadership Institute
Professor Medvec

With an emphasis on practical learning and talent development, this four-part program — strategically paced over the course of a year — equips women with the knowledge and tools needed to elevate themselves to the C-suite and beyond.

In a supportive and highly collaborative atmosphere, an impressive roster of top Kellogg faculty and corporate experts guide skilled female executives through a rigorous program of intensive classroom instruction, individual career appraisals, personal coaching, case studies and simulations. Every element of the program is focused on strengthening and broadening the leadership talents of the participants and delivering positive results for their companies and organizations.

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Upcoming Sessions

  • Apply Online
    Week 1: October 26-28, 2016
    Week 2: February 1-3, 2017
    Week 3: May 3-5, 2017
    Week 4: October 11-13, 2017
    Fee includes lodging and most meals for all four sessions.
  • Apply Online
    Week 1: October 25-27, 2017
    Week 2: February 7-9, 2018
    Week 3: May 2-4, 2018
    Week 4: October 10-12, 2018
    Fee includes lodging and most meals for all four sessions.
Corporate officers and other similar-level female executives who already have extensive functional skills and want to hone the other leadership capabilities necessary for securing a position at the very highest levels of an organization.

Who Attends WSLEAD


Participating Organizations

Adobe Systems Inc.
Allstate Insurance Company
Bank of America
Brinker International
CB Richard Ellis
CDW Corporation
Cummins Inc.

Discover Financial Services
Ernst & Young Inc.
Hershey Company
Illinois Tool Works Inc.
Intrado Inc.
Johnson & Johnson
McKesson Corporation
Microsoft Corporation
Nationwide Services

Norfolk Southern Corporation
Proctor & Gamble
St. Jude Medical
Starbucks Coffee International
Takeda Pharmaceuticals
Time Warner/AOL
Underwriters Laboratories
Unilever Foodsolutions
Union Pacific

The Kellogg Center for Executive Women and The Allstate Foundation developed the Women’s Senior Leadership Program to help talented female executives break through barriers that have historically impeded women’s career development, as well as to empower those who participate to become respected and highly effective leaders.

As a participant, you will gain the insights and skills you need to move purposefully toward the highest levels of corporate leadership. With research-based teaching from world-renowned Kellogg faculty and practical guidance from seasoned corporate leaders, you and your fellow program participants will expand your understandings of leadership and prepare to take on the challenges that every senior leader must face.

For sponsoring organizations, this program equips and inspires the kind of leaders required to ensure your company’s future success. By investing in your high-potential staff members, you not only enhance their leadership skills but also send a clear message that you believe in them and support their career advancement. Your investment in their development will help you retain your best and brightest and will pay substantial, long-term dividends.

Four Sessions, One Goal: Revolutionize Your Career

The structure of the Women’s Senior Leadership Program — four three-day sessions spread over 12 months — allows participants time and opportunity to build relationships, learn and test new ideas collaboratively and receive all-important, constructive feedback from faculty and peers. The program focuses on four key areas divided across its sessions. Each session is geared toward different strategies and skills that will produce immediate results as well as help to achieve long-term success for your company and yourself.

Session 1: Gather Intelligence

  1. Learn how to create and use networks as a source of intelligence and power
  2. Explore how to make effective decisions and sharpen your influence
  3. Launch the program’s 360° assessment and development tool and complete the self- and peer-evaluation components

Session 2: Create a Context for Success

  1. Polish your negotiation skills and learn how to better motivate staff
  2. Examine the importance of and techniques for confident self-promotion
  3. Review the results of your 360° assessment with personalized feedback from a professional coach
  4. Begin to formulate your action plan for career advancement

Session 3: Drive Results

  1. Get hands-on experience in addressing these questions
  2. Practice and receive feedback on interpersonal and presentation skills
  3. Bolster your ability to deal with internal politics and address the ethical challenges of today’s business environment

Session 4: Manage External Forces

  1. Learn to deal with external constituents, including stakeholders, Wall Street and the investment community
  2. Explore how to use a board of directors to your advantage
  3. Revisit the results of your 360° assessment, evaluate progress over the past months and craft plans to sustain future growth

360° Assessment and Development: Define and Maximize Your Leadership Style
A key component of the program, the 360° assessment and development tool will help you identify and leverage your strengths, avoid pitfalls and missteps, create personal development plans and prepare to make an immediate and measurable impact in your organization. This tool has been developed especially for the Women’s Senior Leadership Program and has several distinct advantages over other self-assessments you may know:

  1. The feedback serves for learning purposes only, keeping it free of internal political biases that often affect appraisals done within a company.
  2. The perspective is specific to the experience of female executives, paying close attention to the differences and challenges you face in the business world.
  3. The personalized feedback sessions are augmented with program content customized to each group’s needs based on their collective feedback.
  4. One-on-one check-ins with professional leadership consultants during each of the program’s four sessions allow you to set specific development goals and evaluate your personal progress over the course of the entire year.

Session 1
Gathering Intelligence
Session 2

Creating a Context for Success

Session 3
Driving Results
Session 4
Managing External Constituents

An admissions committee thoroughly reviews each application and considers the nature and scope of the applicant’s responsibilities. For the benefit of the class members, the sponsoring organizations and the integrity of the program, the committee seeks to admit individuals with comparable management responsibilities but with diverse skills and experiences.

Although the program has no formal educational prerequisites, proficiency in English is needed to comprehend the reading materials and to contribute meaningfully to classroom and study group discussions. Kellogg expects that participants will attend all sessions, immerse themselves completely in the experience and free themselves of all other obligations while the program is in session.

What is the best way to apply?
Both an online application and a mail-in application are available on our web site at 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

Michelle L. Buck - Clinical Professor of Management & Organizations

Timothy Feddersen - Wendell Hobbs Professor of Managerial Politics; Professor of Managerial Economics & Decision Sciences

Ginger L. Graham - President and CEO, Amylin Pharmaceuticals, Inc

Mitchell A. Petersen - Glen Vasel Professor of Finance; Director of the Heizer Center for Private Equity and Venture Capital

Sergio Rebelo - Tokai Bank Chair in International Finance; Professor of Finance

Kenneth W. Taylor - Partner, Egon Zehnder International: Managing Partner, Board Practice Group

Leigh Thompson - J. Jay Gerber Professor of Dispute Resolution & Organizations; Professor of Management & 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; Co-Director, Northwestern Institute on Complex Systems (NICO); Faculty Director, Kellogg Architectures of Collaboration Initiative (KACI); Professor of Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences, McCormick School (Courtesy); Professor of Sociology, Weinberg College (Courtesy)

Karen Van Camp - Senior Lecturer of Communications

Paula Loop

The curriculum was well-rounded but really focused on practical knowledge that women leaders need to master today.
- Paula Loop, Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers

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