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
"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.
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
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.
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 Campo, PhD Assistant Professor, Organization & Management The Paul Merage School of Business
Valerie Rene Sheppard, MBA, CMT Lecturer, Business Strategy, Branding & Integrated Marketing Communications The Paul Merage School of Business
Klara Farkas Sr. Associate Director, EMBA Career Services The Paul Merage School of Business
Michelle Beauchamp Sales and Leadership The Champ Group
Christopher 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
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