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The Women Leaders Program

Propel Your Leadership to Unprecedented Heights

As a woman executive, you understand the crucial role that leadership plays in navigating the complex corporate landscape. The Women Leaders Program from the award-winning Center for Leadership at FIU goes beyond conventional leadership training, providing a tailored transformative experience for women executives.

This research-based, facts-driven program begins with a deep dive into self-insight, helping you uncover the unique strengths that propel your success. It not only empowers you to make more impactful decisions but also provides you with the skills and behaviors to effectively manage change, navigate crisis, and cultivate meaningful connections that can foster strategic alliances.

Join a network of accomplished women leaders from diverse industries, gaining valuable perspectives and the professional and personal insights you need to transform your future and succeed. The Women Leaders Program is a game-changer for women executives.

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Program Information

Program Dates
September 23-25, 2024 (In-person)
November 6-7, 2024 (Online)
Class Times
Day 1-3: 8:00am to 5:00pm ET
Day 4: 1:00pm to 5:00pm ET
Day 5: 12:30pm to 5:00pm ET
Executive Coaching: Scheduled based on participant availiability. 

In-person sessions (Days 1-3) will be held in Miami, FL.
Virtual sessions (Days 4-5) will be held via Zoom.

Program Fee
$7,450 - including program tuition, materials, coaching sessions, and some meals.
$6,705 - early registration rate until July 22, 2024

For out-of-town participants, preferred hotel rates are available at local hotels. Contact us for more details.

Multi-registrations, non-profits, government agencies, and FIU employees and alumni, contact us for pricing. View our registration and refund policy.

Who should attend?

This program is ideal for women that serve as mid- to senior-level area managers, directors, or vice presidents with a decade or more leadership experience and broad responsibilities over operations and other managers.

Not sure if this program is the right fit for you or want more information before applying? Contact a member of our team or view our other program options for individual contributors, managers, and established executives.

Why attend?

Our leadership development programs and workshops continue to gain recognition around the world. Since 2014, we have garnered thirteen different accolades from, Chief Learning Officer (CLO), and University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA)… including six #1 rankings! Read more about our rankings and awards.

A leader’s ambition to learn never rests. If you’re passionate about your leadership journey – or champion female leaders who are – Invest in yourself, your career, and your future. The returns will be invaluable.

  • Benefits for the individual
    • Build a strong understanding and awareness of self, and understand how self-knowledge strengthens leadership capabilities.
    • Leverage your executive presence and develop the art of storytelling in strengthening communications and influencing others.
    • Learn to create, foster, and lead healthy work cultures for you, your team, and your organization.
    • Gain insights, strategies, and practical guidance for navigating challenges, fostering resilience, and inspiring others in times of uncertainty.
    • Discover a fresh perspective on how to lead change and learn strategic tools to encourage innovative thinking for you, your team, and your organization.
  • Benefits for the organization
    • Build leadership capacity by equipping high performing women executives to assume added or greater responsibility.
    • Develop a team of skilled executives adept at leading from a strengths-based point of view.
    • Identify organizational leaders capable of building leadership capacity and engaging those they lead.
    • Strengthen talent development and effective succession planning processes to ensure sustainable leadership capacity for the organization.
  • Continuing Education


    The Center for Leadership is a recognized provider of both Continuing Education Units (CEUs) and SHRM, offering Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for the SHRM-CP® or SHRM-SCP® recertification activities. Participants of this program will be eligible to receive CEUs and SHRM-PDCs with participating professional organizations.

Topics and Schedule

The following topics and schedule are subject to change.

  • Day 1 – 8:00am to 5:00pm ET in Miami, FL
    • Welcome and program introduction
    • Women and leadership: discuss current issues in women's leadership
    • Personality and leadership: understand how who you are affects your leadership behaviors
    • Values in leadership: clearly define the role of personal values in leadership to better understand your decision making process
  • Day 2 – 8:00am to 5:00pm ET in Miami, FL
    • Leading through your strengths: utilize a strengths-based approach to leadership development and learn to leverage your strengths and work through your weaknesses
    • Building relationships and alliances: learn to cultivate meaningful connections, leverage strategic alliances, and navigate professional networks to advance your careers and foster a supportive community for women leaders
    • Developing healthy workplace cultures: create and foster a healthy work culture for your organization and team, including employee involvement, work-life balance, employee growth and development, health and safety, and employee recognition
    • Experiential learning activity: work together in a team to accomplish a series of tasks to understand the different ways teams approach decision-making, goal setting, and collaboration
  • Day 3 – 8:00am to 5:00pm ET in Miami, FL
    • Navigating the workplace: explore the complexities of gender dynamics and career progression by addressing challenges and strategies for advancement in leadership. 
    • Leadership presence: improve your presence by practicing the skills actors use to have great stage presence and develop techniques to amplify your impact
    • The art of storytelling: learn to use stories and storytelling techniques to make communications and presentations more compelling and influential
    • Appreciations and lessons learned
    • Program wrap-up
  • Executive Coaching Sessions virtually via zoom
    • A unique benefit of participating in The Women Leaders Program is the opportunity to meet one-on-one with an executive coach. These sessions will allow you to enlist objective feedback from a trained professional on issues or matters of particular concern to you. You may also use these sessions to gain further insight on some of the sessions or tools discussed during the program. 
    • This program includes two coaching sessions scheduled at the participants’ convenience between the in-person and virtual sessions. Each session is 50-minutes long and will be conducted virtually via Zoom.
  • Day 4 – 1:00pm to 5:00pm ET virtually via zoom
    • Leadership roundtable: the opportunity to participate in a roundtable with an industry women leader
    • Leading your team through crisis: equip leaders with the skills and strategies to adeptly manage turbulent times, providing insights and practical guidance to orchestrate a unified team response and ensure resilience and success amidst adversity

  • Day 5 – 12:30pm to 5:00pm ET virtually via zoom
    • Leading change and innovation: gain a fresh perspective on how to lead change and learn strategic tools to encourage innovative thinking for you and your team
    • Program closing


Mayra Beers, Ph.D.

Joyce J. Elam, Ph.D.
Program Co-Chair

Valentina Bruk Lee, Ph.D.
Program Co-Chair

Gino Coca-Mir


Leslie DeChurch


Garth D. Headley

Jill Hellman


Carol Lempert

Adriene McCoy


"The Women Leaders Program was a key developmental opportunity in my leadership growth over a decade ago. Now as Chief People Officer of 'Fortune 100 Best Company to Work For', I can tell you that the Center for Leadership at FIU is world-class. I now use the Center for Leadership programs to help build our organization's leadership capacity."


Adriene McCoy
SVP and Chief People Officer
Baptist Health South Florida                                                                                     

"The Women Leaders Program prepared me to return to my work with renewed commitment and vigor. It provided me with the tools to use as I grow and improve my leadership."


Rebecca Bell Meszaros
Vice President for Global Programs

"The Women Leaders Program was an amazing, interactive program that empowers women to enhance their leadership skills. The program was informative, enjoyable, and impactful. Thank you for expanding my horizon to become a better leader."


Michelle Keller
Tech Director Technology
Baptist Health South Florida

"Fantastic program interacting with an amazing group of women leaders. I am excited to implement the learnings into my professional and personal life. I highly reccommend the Women Leaders Program from the Center for Leadership at FIU."


Virginia Strootman
Senior Director Field Medical Inflammation & Immunology

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