Carnegie Mellon University
February 22, 2017

Carnegie Mellon Leadership and Negotiation Academy for Women Wins Top Honors at 2017 Leadership Excellence (LEAD) Awards

The Carnegie Mellon Leadership and Negotiation Academy for Women has been recognized as the No. 1 program for continuing education in leadership and organizational development at the 2017 Leadership Excellence (LEAD) Awards presented by

For more than 30 years, Leadership Excellence, part of, has identified and recognized the top leadership organizations in its yearly ranking. This LEAD award for Open Enrollment recognizes excellence within continuing education programs that emphasize leadership and organizational development.

“This award is a great honor for the Academy, its participants, and all of those who have worked so hard to make it the premier program that it is today,” said Leanne Meyer, program director for the Academy and director of leadership development at the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon. “It is wonderful to be recognized among our distinguished colleagues from Cornell, Stanford, Harvard, and many other leading universities.”

Now in its fifth year, the Carnegie Mellon Leadership and Negotiation Academy for Women was designed to help senior-level professional women develop critical leadership skills. The six-module program develops skills in female executives who are preparing to assume significant leadership and responsibility. With a research-based approach to skill development, participants master techniques in key areas including negotiation, leadership brand, communicating with impact, conflict management within teams, and financial decision-making, among others.

Participants in the program are afforded over 100 hours of instruction from renowned academic and industry experts, one-on-one coaching following an assessment identifying areas of need, insights into leadership and negotiation strategies, and more.

“Since its inception, the Leadership and Negotiation Academy for Women has helped women build valuable skills that can be immediately translated into their professional and personal lives,” Meyer added. “We look forward to expanding our portfolio of opportunities for professional women in the future, as we have with the recent addition of our Women on the Rise program.”

Along with adding the Women on the Rise program for emerging leaders in 2016, the Tepper School has also incorporated leadership and networking workshops, custom programs for corporations, and professional conferences into its offerings for women and those who serve as allies for them.

The award was accepted at the LEAD2017 conference in February by Meyer. View the full list of LEAD award winners in the February edition of Leadership Excellence Essentials.