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Women in Leadership: Inspire, Influence & Impact

This program is designed to help women identify their strengths, develop leadership styles, and overcome any barriers that may be holding them back. 

Program Details

In Person: Minneapolis, MN

About the Program

Women make up 50% of the population but fewer than one-third of Vice President and C-Suite roles (Source: McKinsey & Company). The Women in Leadership program is an opportunity to connect with other executives and enjoy candid, open conversations about the challenges women face in the workforce, as well as how to support women as they come up through the ranks. This program is designed to help women identify their strengths, develop leadership styles, and overcome any barriers that may be holding them back.  


Experience & Results

Over two days, participants will enhance their leadership capabilities. Carefully curated sessions will help them to lead courageously, refine their communication styles, increase their influence, hone their negotiation skills, and lead for sustainable long-term performance. Through a series of interactive sessions and expert-led discussions, participants will learn the key leadership competencies needed to succeed in today's competitive business environment. 

Participants will also have the opportunity to hear from senior executive women leaders who will share their personal stories and offer valuable insights and advice. The course experience includes ample networking time as well as discussions with peers who will share their own journeys, perspectives, and lessons learned.

The Women in Leadership program is open to all participants regardless of gender.

Learn how you can customize this program for your organization.

Program Contact
Contact Carol Roecklein


  • Mid to senior-level leaders
  • Women business leaders
  • Businesswomen preparing for future leadership roles

Key Benefits

  • Discover how to lead more courageously, including choosing battles wisely
  • Learn negotiation strategies proven to improve outcomes
  • Build an action plan to enhance critical relationships
  • Discuss how to refine communication styles to increase receptivity
  • Hone your unique personal brand and learn how it contributes to a strong executive presence
  • Share experiences and learn from others’ successes and missteps
  • Network with seasoned women executives from varied backgrounds and industries

Anna Joseph

EVP, Executive Producer
Mirada Studios

Lynn Gordon

Peoples Organic & French Meadow Bakery

Karen Isaacson

VP, Operations
Emerson Automation Solutions

Virajita Singh

Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer
Minneapolis Institute of Art

Janette Smrcka

VP, IT Innovation & Revenue
SoFi Stadium/Hollywood Park


Day 1
Leading Courageously
Managing Your Personal Brand
Day 2
Negotiation Strategies, Including Gender Differences

Communication Styles
Leading for Sustainable Performance & Wellbeing

Panel Discussion


Lori Abrams
Carlson Executive Educator Network

Lori Abrams is a Strategic and Organizational Communication Consultant with broad-based experience in workforce optimization, organizational development, and change management.

Louellen Essex
Carlson Executive Educators Network

Louellen Essex focuses on training and organizational development, leadership, communication, team building, and conflict resolution. She holds a PhD from the University of Minnesota where she studied leadership, psychology, and communication.

Stephen Glomb
Senior Associate Director & Career Coach, Carlson Graduate Business Career Center

Stephen Glomb is the Departmental Director, Carlson Graduate Business Career Center, Carlson School of Management, where he works with graduate business students and professionals in the executive, full-time, and part-time MBA programs.

Theresa Glomb
Department Chair & Professor, The Toro Company-David M. Lilly Chair in Organizational Behavior

Theresa M. Glomb is the Toro Company-David M. Lilly Chair in the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota. She received her PhD and AM in Social, Organizational, and Individual Differences Psychology from the University of Illinois in 1998 and her BA in Psychology from DePaul University in 1993.

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