Certificate in Women's Leadership

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$2495 per person

  • 3-day program
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A unique new 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 new program for Women in Leadership.

This interactive program covers major topics including:

  • Negotiation Strategies
  • Financial Planning Designed for Women
  • Power Presence for Women
  • Cultivating Your Social Media Presence
  • Corporate Board Governance
  • High Quality Team Decision Making
  • Panel - Women on Boards: Maximize Your Impact
  • Panel - Women Supporting Women: How We Can Empower One Another

For more information or to customize for your organization:

Office of Executive Education

Mollee Elniski

Recommended Audience

Program is designed for women seeking to advance their career through leadership, influence, communication and confidence. We invite professionals of all genders who support 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
  • Create C-level panel discussions for open dialogue to address impactful topics including the recent California law mandating female representation on public company boards
  • Provide women leaders with exposure and networking opportunities to share ideas and strategies with participant peers, faculty, executive leadership coaches and C-level executives.
  • 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.

Program Faculty and Lecturers


Chris Bauman Chris Bauman
Associate Professor of Organization and Management
The Paul Merage School of Business

Michelle Khine Michelle Khine
Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Biomolecular, and Chemical Engineering

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

joel-veenstra.jpg Joel Veenstra
MFA, Lecturer, Associate Head of Stage Management
UC Irvine Claire Trevor School of The Arts

Margarethe Wiersema Margarethe Wiersema
Dean's Professor, Strategic Management
The Paul Merage School of Business

Lawrence-Alan-Wilk Larry Wilk
Lecturer, Intrapreneurship/Corporate Entrepreneurship, Supply Chain and Operations
The Paul Merage School of Business

Maia-Young Maia Young
Associate Professor and Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programs
The Paul Merage School of Business

Executive Leadership Coaches and Speakers


Sally AndersonSarah J. (Sally) Anderson
Retired CPA

Michelle BeauchampMichelle Beauchamp
Sales and Leadership
The Champ Group

Klara J Farkas Klara J. Farkas
Chief Communications Officer
Klarity International

Terry GoldfarbTerry Goldfarb
Networking & Relationship Maven

Katerina HencovaKaterina Hencova
Certified Financial Planner
Continuum Consulting Group

Julie HillJulie Hill
Anthem Board of Directors
Lord Abbett Board of Trustees
Chair, UCI Board of Trustees

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

Lindsay LawrenceLindsay Lawrence
Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer
First Foundation Bank

>Maile OhyeMaile Ohye
Senior Principal Product Manager

Kimberly RoushKimberly Roush
Professional Certified Coach and Leadership Strategist
All-Star Executive Coaching

Christine ScheunemanChristine Scheuneman
Board of Directors
Farmers & Merchants Bank of Long Beach


Michelle TerpstraMichelle (Cuoco) Terpstra
Sales Leader and Networking Expert



"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