Lerner Women’s Leadership Forum
Make it to the C-suite. Start your own venture. Get a better job. You know you’re ready, and the Lerner Women’s Leadership Forum will help you achieve your goals. In three intensive days, you’ll clarify your leadership vision and build the competencies and community to accomplish it.
You will also earn a Lerner College executive education certificate to build your formal leadership credentials.
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About the Program
You can accomplish anything you set your mind to, but you have to know what you want to do. We will work with you to explore your values and strengths and help you clarify your next big audacious goal.
- Explore your values
- Evaluate your strengths
- Identify your background and experiences
- Develop a leadership vision for the next 5-10 years
- Clarify why you want to accomplish your vision
Women are highly competent, yet often undervalue their own skills or fail to capitalize on their expertise. We will address core skills women need to succeed as leaders – helping you to recognize your existing skills and to build and expand these talents.
- Rethink your mindset for leadership
- Develop your assertive communication
- Explore your time management strategies
- Show up with executive presence
- Talk about yourself in a compelling manner
- Get feedback from a supportive community
No (wo)man is an island. We need others to help us accomplish our goals – mentors, sponsors, and friends. You will assess your current network and explore how you can continue to tap into this network to achieve your leadership vision. We also help you expand your network of influencers by linking you with like-minded women who have already gone through the program and executives who are part of the Lerner Women’s Leadership Initiative.
- Assess your current network
- Identify gaps in your network
- Connect with like-minded women
- Connect with female executives in the area
- Practice critical networking skills
- The forum targets women’s specific leadership needs.
Informed by the latest research on gender, organization and learning, the Forum focuses on building key skills necessary to address the specific challenges facing women in leadership.
- You’ll connect to a powerful regional network of women leaders.
Successful female leadership depends on a strong network of mentors, advisors and supporters. You’ll develop a support network in a variety of industries and sectors across the mid-Atlantic region.
- You’ll join unique conversations in women-only space.
Women-only space creates the opportunity to address gender-based issues that may not emerge in other programs. Previous participants have noted the value of the exchange of ideas in this space.
- The Forum prepares women for new leadership roles in their organization.
30% of past participants were promoted or changed roles.
- The Forum helps organizations improve the diversity of their mid and senior-level leadership teams.
When women join leadership teams, public companies perform better in terms of shareholder value. So leadership teams comprised of confident Forum graduates can improve an organization’s value.
- Forum graduates champion the creation and expansion of Women’s Affinity Networks.
Forum graduates launch and strengthen women’s affinity groups in their organizations.
- The Forum provides organizations with a research-based women’s executive education program that complements in-house leadership development programs.
Creating an in-house women’s leadership development program takes time and resources. The Forum is a ready-made solution that stands alone or complements existing programs.
Wendy Smith, Ph.D.
Professor of Management
University of Delaware
Wendy earned her PhD at Harvard Business School and is a professor of management at the Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics at the University of Delaware, and co-founder of the Lerner Women’s Leadership Initiative. She earned UD’s first Mid-Career Faculty Research Award, as well as Lerner’s MBA Teaching Award. Wendy believes that leadership success comes from living in the AND. She works to help leaders be compassionate and competent, assertive and engaging, committed to family and committed to work. Her research on the nature and management of strategic paradoxes has been published in journals such as Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Administrative Science Quarterly, Organization Science, Management Science and Harvard Business Review. Wendy is currently an associate editor at the Academy of Management Journal, and co-founder of the blog www.leveragingtensions.com She currently lives in Philadelphia with her husband and three kids – who help her live in the AND.
Barbara Roche, MS
Lecturer, Management Communications
The Wharton School
After many years as a consultant helping organizations advance their employee engagement efforts, Barbara launched her own company in 2005 to combine her three favorite jobs: workplace learning, organizational development, and coaching. She has completed successful engagements in healthcare, financial services, hospitality, advertising and cybersecurity. She is best known for blending her theatrical experience, Irish Catholic humor, and hard-won leadership skills to help professionals become more effective communicators. Referred to by her clients as the “People Whisperer,” Barbara helps career professionals stop running in place. Barbara is a certified facilitator with the NeuroLeadership Institute. She is the author of Commit to Confidence: 30 Strategies to Help Women Step Up and Stand Out.
Program Dates & Location
The Forum meets at the Delaware Art Museum, in Wilmington Delaware. Please let us know if you require hotel accommodations. We may be able to arrange discounted accommodations.
- November 13-15, 2019
- Beginning at 1 pm on November 13 and concluding at 5 pm on November 15
Admission & Fees
Fee for registration, materials, and meals:
- $3,500 – Corporate fee
- $3,150 – Government and Nonprofit fee
- Please contact us for group discounts or for multiple discounts from one organization
For more information, please contact:
Managing Director, Women’s Leadership Initiative
Or email firstname.lastname@example.org