Program Description

The number of women running America's largest corporations has hit a new high: 37 of the companies on this year's Fortune 500 are led by female CEOs. Yet, the presence of women in upper levels of management is still very low and growing at a slow pace.* Why is that?

Number of Female CEOs in the Fortune 500 (Graph)

Women face unique challenges in the workplace: the glass ceiling, the broken rung, the likability conundrum, work-life balance, leaning in, the imposter syndrome, double bind, differing perceptions of their strategic communication. And senior level women face additional challenges that come with being one of very few women working in the executive level. In our Women in Senior Executive Leadership program, we talk about these challenges. During this program, you will learn how to navigate these challenges and adapt while remaining true to yourself and your vision. You will learn how to create an environment that helps other women advance. The program ends with several opportunities to hone your senior executive leadership skills.

This senior leadership program is offered by The Broad College of Business from Michigan State University and includes the latest research from our faculty in the fields of leadership, emotional intelligence, communication, negotiation, and inclusion. Participants have opportunities to learn how their strategic communication is perceived, what is different for women involved in multi-party negotiations, what they can do to advance and help other women advance, and much more. Senior executives from industry will share their best advice for creating value during optional speeches immediately following a few of the modules. Given the increased number of challenges many women face as a result of the pandemic**, we hope you can join us as we offer this opportunity to help leaders advance with confidence.

Fortune 500 CEOs who are women hits record high | FortuneWomen CEOs of the S&P 500 (catalyst.org)We Interviewed 57 Female CEOs to Find Out How More Women Can Get to the Top (hbr.org)

** Women in the Workplace 2020 | McKinsey


All times are listed in Eastern Daylight Time (UTC-4). 

September 29, 2022 | 1 - 4:30 p.m.
Your Environment

  • A Winning High-Performance Culture, Angela Hall
  • Diversity and Workplace Inequality, Quinetta Roberson 

October 6, 2022 | 1 - 4:30 p.m.
Your Environment, continued 

  • Facilitating Resilience, Building Alliances and a Network of Support, Elizabeth Dorrance Hall 

Your Leadership 

  • Decision Making and the Role of Emotions (EQ), Brent Scott 

October 13, 2022 | 1 - 4:30 p.m.
Your Leadership, continued 

  • Employee Empowerment and Accountability, Angela Hall 
  • Influence and Inspire, Angela Hall 

October 20, 2022 | 1 - 4:30 p.m.
Your Leadership Skill Mastery 

  • Negotiating as a Leader, Jennifer Dunn 

October 27, 2022 | 1 - 4:30 p.m.
Your Leadership Skill Mastery, continued 

  • Communicating in Challenging Situations, Jason Archer 

November 3, 2022 | 1 - 4:30 p.m.
Your Leadership Skill Mastery, continued 

  • The Impact of Agency on Strategic Plans, Christy Zhou Koval 
  • Value Creation, Angela Hall

Key Learning Objectives

Participants in this program will learn to: 

  • Take time to invest in your growth as a high-performance senior executive leader 
  • Learn to adapt while being true to yourself and your goals 

Your Environment 

  • Check your own biases and distinguish between confidence and competence in your colleagues 
  • Wield influence by building the right relationships 
  • Source your network to build alliances and create a network of support

Your Leadership

  • Understand how emotions influence perception and use this emotional intelligence to lead in different environments;
  • Create an environment of accountability and empowerment
  • Influence and inspire your employees to strive towards shared aspirations

Your Leadership Skill Mastery

  • Identify the differences between the negotiating behaviors of men and women, specifically in complex multi-party negotiations. You will have an opportunity for real-time practice negotiating during this program.
  • Learn best practices for advocating for others in challenging situations 
  • Speak with passion without being perceived as “too emotional” 
  • Discover how men and women approach strategic communication differently. Learn how to effectively communicate strategy and be known for your vision

These learning outcomes will be achieved through faculty instruction, group discussions, and interactive exercises. 

Who Should Attend?

This program is designed for women executives who: 

  • Have 10 or more years of experience in multiple functional roles with increasing levels of responsibility 
  • Have positions ranging from senior administrator to chief of staff, finance director to senior executive vice president of operations and strategy, global continuous improvement senior manager to chief operations officer, senior consultant, owner 
  • Aspire to advance to executive management or the c-suite 
  • Seek to expand their influence and impact within their organization 
  • Organizational impact: If you are part of a group or team of leaders who would like to positively impact their organization, we can offer you a group discount or a custom program for your organization.  

Internal note: Please hyperlink “group or team of leaders” to the Contact section.  

Who attends? Women like this:  

Assistant Controller
Sales Director
18 years of experience managing corporate finances and staff. Currently in training to replace the retiring Controller. Her Main goal is to learn her new role as quickly as possible while building trust with her new team of employees. Her primary frustration is poor interpersonal working relationship on her staff. 15 years of experience managing clients and innovating new solutions for event management. Her main goal is to learn strategic vision and execution so she can transfer to a global sales director role. Her primary frustration is a lack of advancement opportunities 21 years of experience in multiple cross-functional roles with increasing responsibility. Her main goal is to really understand how to more effectively utilize her resources (people and capital) at a strategic level. Her primary frustrations is the lack of bench strength.

Additional Information


Have a question? Click here for Frequently Asked Questions  (Internal note: Please link to NHA FAQ webpage) or contact us anytime at edp@broad.msu.edu or 517-353-8711. 

Interested in group training? Please contact us at edp@broad.msu.edu. We offer group discounts for this program. This program is also available as a custom program for your organization.  

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Women in Senior Executive Leadership 2024
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Oct 22, 2024 to Oct 24, 2024
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Price non-credit $4,995.00
Withdrawal Request Deadline
Oct 07, 2024
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Oct 07, 2024
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