Carnegie Mellon University

Leadership and Negotiation Academy for Women

You're a proven and successful leader — hard-working, goal-oriented, effective. That’s just the beginning.


Jan. 25 - Feb. 25, 2021 | online | 4 TEUs | $6,700

To reach your potential — entry to the highest executive levels — you need a strategic plan, a personal map to guide you to the top.

The Leadership and Negotiation Academy will help craft your leadership brand for both individual and organizational success while leveraging the unique strengths and addressing the challenges specific to women business leaders. It will arm you with the tools for effective negotiation to hurdle obstacles, secure necessary resources and further your upward trajectory.

Learn from both proven experts in relevant fields and renowned faculty on the leading edge. Strengthen key negotiating skills, particularly crucial for women in business. Explore critical areas that include networking, sponsorship and executive presence required for getting things done through others and across organizational boundaries. 

The Leadership and Negotiation Academy is far more than a series of passive classroom lectures. Be prepared for an interactive, results-driven week that will leave you with a defined plan of action to take your career to the next level — the one you deserve.

Scholarships are available for candidates in the public, not-for-profit, or entrepreneur/small business sector. Learn more about the Barbara McNees Scholarship

Key Takeaways

  • Enhance your uniquely executive leadership brand.
  • Master vital negotiation skills.

  • Discover how to navigate and leverage internal networks.

  • Learn to cultivate essential organizational sponsorship.

  • Grasp the effective communication and marketing of your leadership brand.

  • Build strategic vision and leadership capabilities.

Who should attend?

This program is designed for women leaders with significant responsibilities within the corporate, public sector, entrepreneurial, academic or nonprofit environments — more specifically, women leaders with eight or more years of experience leading people and/or projects.

The Leadership and Negotiation Academy also is open to executives of all genders who are interested in advancing women in business.

Program Schedule

Week 1: Jan. 25-29

Your Leadership Story

Remote live sessions:

  • Tuesday, Jan. 26, noon to 2 p.m.
  • Thursday, Jan. 28, noon to 2 p.m. 

Week 2: Feb. 1-5

Negotiation, Power, and Networks of Influence

Remote live sessions:

  • Wednesday, Feb. 3, noon to 2 p.m.
  • Thursday, Feb. 4, noon to 2 p.m.

Week 3: Feb. 8-12

Managing People and Teams, and Shared Sisterhood

Remote live sessions:

  • Tuesday, Feb. 9, noon to 2 p.m. 
  • Thursday, Feb. 11, noon to 2 p.m. 

Week 4: Feb. 15-19

Change Management and Leadership Communications

Remote live sessions:

  • Tuesday, Feb. 16, noon to 2 p.m. 
  • Thursday, Feb. 18, noon to 2 p.m. 

Week 5: Feb. 22-26

Sustaining Leadership Over Time

Remote live sessions:

  • Tuesday, Feb. 23, noon to 2 p.m. 
  • Thursday, Feb. 25, noon to 2 p.m. 

Optional Weekly Programming

Peer Coaching and Personal Develop Planning

  • Saturdays, 10 a.m. to noon (optional)
"This program is truly unique. In five days, we were able to tackle negotiation skills, and I was able to be vulnerable and take control of what I think my vision is." 

Executive Education at Carnegie Mellon

Contact a program director at 412-268-2304 or exec-director@andrew.cmu.edu to learn more.

Earn the Carnegie Mellon Certificate in Executive Leadership

Participate in three executive education open enrollment programs in five years to earn Carnegie Mellon’s highest certificate designation for executive education.

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