Women In Leadership: Inspire, Influence & Impact

**New Course**

Enabling women to thrive and grow to their full potential.

About This Program

To learn more about this program, reach out to Carol Roecklein at croeckle@umn.edu or at (612) 625-5412.

Over the last few decades, women have made important strides ascending the leadership ranks. However, as a whole, they are still promoted less frequently and earn less than their male counterparts. In fact, according to McKinsey, women still lag behind men at every level. Women executives can help close this gap by increasing focus on the specific problems women face in the workplace, and intentionally planning how to navigate those barriers throughout their careers.

In this course, learners will hear perspectives and gain critical insights from women executives who have persevered and have achieved significant levels of success. They will also learn communication tools, negotiation strategies, conflict resolution tactics, and gain valuable insight about their own working styles, including when and how to flex their strengths to become even more effective leaders. Finally, they’ll discuss common missteps women make at work and explore approaches to avoid them.


This class is intended for mid- and senior-level leaders.

Key Benefits

In this high-impact, interactive course leaders will:

  • Engage with seasoned women executives from varied backgrounds and industries
  • Explore ways to lead courageously including: assertively voicing opinions, holding firm as others push back, dealing with others who overstep boundaries, leaning away from safety, and managing fear
  • Discuss how to refine communication methods to increase their receptivity 
  • Learn how to decode what others are conveying in order to respond more effectively
  • Explore how to manage conflict with direct, productive diplomacy
  • Utilize the SDI 2.0 core strengths assessment to identify motivators, strengths, and overused strengths
  • Build an action plan focused on enhancing critical relationship
  • Learn proven negotiation strategies to improve outcomes
  • Discover how to be more intentional to achieve work/life balance
  • Share experience and learn from others successes and missteps
Program Details
Cost: $4500.00

If companies continue to hire and promote women to manager at current rates, the number of women in management will increase by just one percentage point over the next ten years. But if companies start hiring and promoting women and men to manager at equal rates, we should get close to parity in management—48 percent women versus 52 percent men—over the same ten years.

– Women in the Workplace 2018, McKinsey & Company

Additional Details

Day 1

Keynote Speaker: Kweilin Ellingrud, Senior Partner, McKinsey & Company

Success Circle

Leading Courageously

Day 2

Communicating Strategically

Strategic Negotiations

Leadership Panel - The Leadership Journey, Including Challenges to Reach the VP Ranks

     Roycie Eppler, SVP Customer Experience and HR, Heraeus

     Julie Theil, VP HR/L&D, Schwan's Company

     Roz Tsai, Ph.D., VP HR, Enterprise Learning and Chief Learning Officer, Ecolab

     Marcia L. Page, Co-Founder and Executive Chair, Varde

Day 3

Leadership Panel: Leadership Journey to the C-Suite - Inspiration and Insights

     Cathy R. Smith, CFO, Target

     Corie Barry, CFO, Best Buy

Managing Conflict and Leveraging Strengths

Leading Forward

Leading an Engaged Organization


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