Program Dates

  • Virtual Orientation Networking Session: September 8, 5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. PST
  • Virtual Program Sessions: September 10, October 1, October 22, November 5, 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. PST
  • On Campus Program Session: November 6, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. PST

*November 6 session is planned to be held in-person following the guidelines of the CDC, UCI and State of CA guidelines. This session will also include a networking luncheon and graduation celebration.


$2800 per person

Register by August 1 to receive 15% early bird discount utilizing code EB15

  • 5 Friday Sessions

A unique program for women in leadership

"A woman with a voice is by definition a strong woman. But the search to find that voice can be remarkably difficult. This 'voice' is your best tool in the boardroom." – Melinda Gates

UCI’s Women’s Leadership program is preparing women to find their voice and not just take a seat at the leadership table, but to leverage their unique skills to create and shape these tables. 

The Paul Merage School of Business has a long-standing commitment to diversity and inclusion and is the number one business school in the world for percentage of female faculty (Financial Times MBA, 2019). From this perspective, the Office of Executive Education presents this unique program for Women in Leadership.

This program is not intended to be a substitute for mixed gender leadership development programs, but a leadership identity builder and support network for women.

Key Components:

  • Personal: Move beyond gender stereotypes and create your unique leadership identity and powerful leadership presence
  • Organizational: Build support systems and allies, leverage your team, and navigate organizational dynamics effectively
  • Develop new skills through application exercises and case study analysis
  • Network, share and strategize with peers during facilitated peer coaching sessions
  • Create a community with your peers who will share this experience with you 

This interactive program covers major topics including:

  • Learn how to build an authentic personal and organizational leadership presence for maximum performance
  • Discuss and address barriers women face in leadership positions
  • Networks, Mentors, Sponsors & Allies: How to find them and how to be them
  • Negotiation Strategies for Women
  • Team & Organizational Presence
  • Diversity Panel - Women Supporting Women: Ally to Action


Attend an Information Session:


For more information:

Office of Executive Education

Amanda Pham

Recommended Audience

Program is designed for women seeking to advance their career through leadership, influence, communication and confidence and for professionals of any gender identity who support the advancement of executives who identify as women.

Program Objectives

  • Provide women leaders with tools to build a consistently confident, credible and impactful personal leadership presence
  • Discuss the unique leadership skills women can employ and leverage to shape the future of organizational cultures
  • Provide women leaders with exposure and networking opportunities to share ideas and strategies with participant peers, faculty and executive leadership coaches.
  • Create actionable plan for immediate practical application of key concepts
  • Form mini-affinity groups for long lasting, on-going peer coaching following the program

This program offers an intentionally small, intimate environment with a capacity of only 50 participants, therefore registering early is highly recommended.

Faculty, Executive Coaches and Panelists

Maritza Salazar CampoMaritza Salazar Campo, PhD
Assistant Professor, Organization & Management
The Paul Merage School of Business

Valerie-SheppardValerie Rene Sheppard, MBA, CMT
Lecturer, Business Strategy, Branding & Integrated Marketing Communications
The Paul Merage School of Business

Janet IoliJanet Ioli
Leadership & Change Expert
Executive Coach, Writer and Speaker

Klara FarkasKlara Farkas
Sr. Associate Director, EMBA Career Services
The Paul Merage School of Business

Michelle BeauchampMichelle Beauchamp
Sales and Leadership
The Champ Group

Christopher W. BaumanChristopher Bauman
Associate Professor, Organization and Management
The Paul Merage School of Business


Session 0: Orientation Networking Session


Session 1: Women in Leadership - The Foundation

  • Barriers women face in leadership positions (stereotypical gender roles, the double-bind, tiara syndrome, queen bee phenomenon, imposter syndrome, identity crisis, etc.)
  • Mixed messages to address the dilemma are not sufficient (Teach women to be more like men/Don’t be too nice, etc.)
  • Managing imposter phenomenon and overcoming self-doubt.


Session 2: Networks, Mentors, Sponsors & Allies

  • Learn the importance of intentionally building support systems to enhance your organizational presence
  • Create strategies to build relationships and leverage your networks
  • Mentors, Sponsors and Allies: How to find them and how to be them
  • Ally to action


Session 3: Team and Organizational Presence

  • Avoid the traps of “do it all myself” and build a team: The basics
  • Organizational dynamics: learning to navigate systems effectively
  • Navigating male-dominated systems and teams


Session 4: Negotiation Strategies for Women

  • Develop negotiation skills with a simulation and debriefing that highlights the impact of a variety of strategic and tactical choices
  • Cover best practices that are applicable to all, and emphasize solutions to the particular challenges that professional women face during negotiations
  • Provide concepts and a framework to effectively analyze the negotiation situation
  • Expand your toolkit of useful negotiation skills, strategic planning and tactics


Session 5: Build a Powerful Leadership Presence

  • Learn practical strategies to show up in an intentional, credible and impactful manner
  • Identify & craft your own power identity
  • Learn the three components of building a powerful leadership presence
    • Identity: How I see myself
    • Image: How I present myself
    • Interpersonal Connection: How I connect and interact with others 


Graduation Celebration

Peer Coaching

Peer coaching is an ideal structure for reflection and just one more reflective activity to add to your arsenal of leader learning tools. Through reflection and feedback within your peer coaching relationship, you develop a clearer awareness of personal behaviors and beliefs that affect your performance.

Participants will be divided into teams where participants will serve as peer mentors.

"The program was deeply meaningful for me and continues to positively impact not only my professional but personal life. I recommend this program to anyone thinking about expanding their network and getting re-invigorated and inspired in their life and career." - Joanna Faulkner, Account Director, Apex Performance, UCI EMBA 2017