Carnegie Mellon University

Executive Leadership Academy: Strategies for Advancing Women in Business

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


October 11-15, 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 Executive Leadership Academy: Strategies for Advancing Women in Business program will help craft your leadership brand for both individual and organizational success while leveraging your unique strengths and addressing the challenges specific to women in business. Our program 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 Executive Leadership Academy: Strategies for Advancing Women in Business program is far more than a series of passive classroom lectures. Be prepared for an interactive, results-driven experience 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 senior leaders of all genders who are interested in advancing women in business. Participants with significant responsibilities within the corporate, public sector, entrepreneurial, academic, or nonprofit environments with eight or more years of experience leading people and/or projects.

Program Schedule

Week 1: Jan. 25-29

Your Leadership Story

Remote live sessions:

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

Week 2: Feb. 1-5

Negotiation, Power, and Networks of Influence

Remote live sessions:

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

Week 3: Feb. 8-12

Managing People and Teams, and Shared Sisterhood

Remote live sessions:

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

Week 4: Feb. 15-19

Change Management and Leadership Communications

Remote live sessions:

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

Week 5: Feb. 22-26

Sustaining Leadership Over Time

Remote live sessions:

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

Optional Weekly Programming

Peer Coaching and Personal Develop Planning

  • Saturdays, 10 a.m. to noon EST (optional)

Contact Executive Education at Carnegie Mellon

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